Pictures are in a weird order
Here's a gaming build in the newly released Corsair Air 540 (in white!). My aim was to make an aesthetically pleasing PC, whilst keeping the budget under £1,000. I also wanted it to be fairly quiet - something that you could barely hear whilst idling about on YouTube, etc. Here's a summary of all the components:
CPU - A great CPU for the price, the 8350 is not only great for gaming but it's also useful for any rendering/editing needs. I will be rendering occasionally, so it will definitely come in handy. I investigated the newer 9### series CPUs, but it seems much easier to just OC it myself, rather than paying a premium for it. The only benefit of buying one of those CPUs (that I can see), is that they're factory overclocked and will be covered under warranty at those higher speeds.
CPU Cooler - It's quiet, and it'll allow for some pretty decent overclocking. Really easy to install and looks great too. I will not be overclocking at the moment, only when I'm looking to get some performance gains in the future.
Motherboard - I went for this mainly because of the colour, to be honest. It's really good for the price, but I think it could do with a couple more fan headers. 8+2 power design to help with the overclocking, and SLi capability just in case I decide to add another 770 in the future.
Memory - Corsair is a solid RAM brand, so I had no problems buying this RAM. Mainly purchased for its colour, but runs great as well.
Storage - 250GB is plenty of storage for me - I'll only be installing a couple of games on it. It is the best SSD in the £100-125 bracket in my opinion. I've also used these in previous builds, and I was always happy with the results.
Video Card - The reason this cost me nothing, was because it was an RMA return which I had almost forgotten about. Not the most popular brand in the world, but they used to be very popular a few years ago and so I was confident that it would perform well. It's quiet, and easy to overclock according to reviews.
Case - This was shown off at CES this year, and I knew I had to have one. I wasn't 100% convinced because of its wider than average footprint, but it doesn't intrude at all. The compartment at the back is really useful - though I'm sure the amount of cables back there has doubled. Maybe I'm just imagining things.
Case Fans - Bought for aesthetic reasons, and also because they're quiet.
Power Supply - An extremely quiet PSU, since the fan doesn't spin until it's under a certain load (40% I think). I also appreciate the fact that Corsair have aimed to reduce coil whine, and produce cables which match almost any build.
Operating System - Tried it a few months ago, and haven't looked back.
Lighting - I went for a cheap option here, and it shows in places. Some of the wires aren't soldered very well, the LED 4-pin connectors fall out really easily (same for the IR cable, so the remote randomly stops working). Problems aside, they're working well - I just have 1 30cm strip at the bottom, and it does a good job at lighting the whole case. The pictures look a bit blue, but it's currently set to white (blame the camera!).
Cables - Bitfenix cables add nicely to the black and white theme. Simple to install, and they look great.
Monitor - I decided to add a second monitor, for internet browsing while I'm gaming on the other. It's an IPS monitor - I prefer the vivid colours over faster response times. Plus, it was an open-box item so I got it quite cheap.
Let me know what you think of the build - any critiques are always welcome. Let me know what you would have done differently too.
- Fan Controller - I have an NZXT Sentry 2 on order, as it's a lot easier than going into the BIOS and changing the values in there - that's the trouble with 3-pin fans. A Bitfenix fan controller would have suited the case a bit more, but it's quite expensive here.