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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.

Future Upgrades:

  • 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.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 5 points

Solid build, love the cable mgmt options in the Air 540. +1 from me

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

It certainly feels like cheating when you're managing cables in this case!

  • 70 months ago
  • 4 points

+1 for Mr Kiplings Cherry Bakewell and the cuppa tea... jokes! that build is simply beautiful.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

true but keep em away from the computer....

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

AMD Cpu, White build, tons of pictures... Gasm

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Dat color scheme...

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Great

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

wow man, great build. Beautiful case and scheme. yer a wiz

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

extremely aesthetically pleasing. beautiful desk setup as well.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Always love your builds +1

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a really clean build. There seems to be lots of room in that Air 540 Case. Did you have any issues? I'm thinking of trying it out for my second build. Thanks for sharing!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

No issues at all, the Air 540 is a lovely case to work with.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome color scheme.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

If only you could afford DomPlats... Awesome build, man! :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have gone with the 8320 and shaved a couple bucks. Mine's currently running at 4.83GHz with the h100i.

If you want to see it: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/MEQ

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

would you mind posting your idle and load cpu temps? just curious what you're getting with the h100i

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I forgot to add these in earlier (after 30 minutes of stress testing):

Idle: Min 9°C & Max 20°C
Load: Min 22°C & Max 37°C

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wondering where did you get the bitfenix cables from I live in the uk to m and am looking at avwjite build

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought them from Overclockers.co.uk. Here's a link.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I realy like the look of them

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Just realized how I spelt white

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

What stand are you using for the monitors?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's a link.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I know it's been a while.

I am looking to use this case an wondered what GPU you are using and what size?

I want to put an r9 290x and its 380mm long and ive been told its too big yet yours also looks quiet big.

Any advice?

Ivan

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get different themes on each monitor on Win 8.1?? Did you use display fusion??

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it's a built-in theme in Windows 8.1. I think I was using the Lines & Colours theme with this particular build.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

That's weird, I couldn't have two different wallpapers in 8.1, so I used display fusion instead... Works just as well anyhow :)

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