Description

I'm 42 years old and have always enjoyed computers. Have always purchased prebuilt systems from various places before. Finally, after my last pc crashed, I decided to take the plunge and try my hand at building my own. I enjoyed researching and ordering my own parts, then putting it all together and seeing it work. This build went extremely smooth, the hardest part was waiting for all the parts to come in to get started.

When ordering, I didn't wait for the best prices because I have no patience, but I think I did ok. I use this computer mostly as a home pc with some gaming for my 12 year old son and I. Everything was purchased through Amazon or Newegg.

The 22 inch LG monitor, creative speakers, Sony DVD drive, and 750watt Corsair power supply were pulled from my previous computer.

I also have this pc connected to my 46 inch Sony tv for movies etc.

CPU--I like intel, couldn't justify the i7 4770k or above for the price difference. Wanted the ability to overclock.

CPU cooler-picked solely because of looks.

Motherboard--I like the Gigabyte boards, colors matched the blue scheme, good reviews on this board.

Memory--2133 ram, price, cool flashing blue LEDs on heatsink

Storage--got SSD to hold my OS, 1TB hard drive for mass storage.

GPU--Best card for my budget, brand, reviews, and I got AC4 and Splinter Cell free with it.

Case-was going to use my old Coolermaster Cosmos case but saw this one online and loved the look of it.

Keyboard and mouse-cheap, decent quality, and matched color scheme.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 10 points

+1 for having the same chair as me

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Lol, thanks.

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Same here!

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

lol'd at the title; hope she didn't give too hard a time. I like the colour scheme; very respectable build overall. Kudos!

Note: if you're keeping it on the floor, you may want to cut down the number of case fans and maybe even upgrade the CPU fan to a closed-loop liquid cooling system like a Corsair H110. I'll lower the amount of dust that collects inside the case and cool the CPU more efficiently.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Eventually will get it off the floor onto a new desk. Considered closed loop cooler, but in the end went with air.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I made a build with this case yesterday. It's awesome!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

It really is a great design and super easy to work with.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool af, +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, how long did you use your power supply in your old computer and what is its listed 12V ampage? It should be on a sticker on one of the side panels.

Also microphones are great investments for gaming, even a $20 one makes multiplayer games a lot more fun.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

It is 2 years old, out of a pc that I had built for me. Of course the sticker with the info is on the side that is down so I can not read it unless I pull the psu out.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

hot set up is hot. Looks like a nice little man cave there in the corner

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Love your computer and your setup is amazing.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

oh my blue!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't like it. It doesn't hover. :-)

Just kidding, looks awesome. That's a huge case. Where's the power supply?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

On the Air 540 it's behind the motherboard, in a giant cavern.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Correct. The 540 case has a second hidden area behind the mobo for wires power supply, 2.5 drives, etc. Makes the build really easy and great for airflow and cooling. Should have posted a pic of that compartment.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome to the Air 540 club! Enjoy!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Look great. Final picture of your room looks very nice.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good part selection and execution! Haha tell your wife what a great job you did! +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the setup between the monitor and the TV; great use and great way to display a very handsome build. Have you looked into multiseat software? On a rig this powerful, it should be possible to have two people using it at once; one on the TV with a wireless control from the couch, the other sitting at the computer desk. Here's perhaps the most economical example for Windows (I think there are cheaper ones for Linux):

http://www.miniframe.com/

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Going to have to look into that, wife would probably even go for something like that. :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You are nuts :P Really nice build! Btw your room looks awesome too :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

that is awesome man, +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Like the color, looks pretty cool.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

We have the same chair. Just thought I'd point that out. Nice build, what made you choose such a large case? Just don't want to have to worry about space when you upgrade?

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Liked the look, positive reviews, space to work in, and very easy cable management. Also, later i want to upgrade it will be very easy.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

This is one of those builds where the LED's actually look good.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 great build. I'm also totally biased towards the Corsair Air 540. Greatest case ever. Welcome to the 540 club :-) Also, check out my build if you want to see it in Red/Silver

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

beautifully done sir

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

oh god it's so blue. don't drown your whole rig with blue LEDs...

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

:). I like the blue color (personal preference)but I do have most of the LEDs on a controller so that I can dim them. Pictures were taken with them on the brightest setting

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for awesome room.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same KB/Mouse combo. Don't you hate how weak the backlighting is on the keyboard? Ugh. Although I guess I had too high expectations for something I paid $25 for...

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, backlight is weak, but works. Without any backlight keys are almost unreadable.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build and all the blue LEDs. However for RAM I would prefer to use G.Skill or Corsair, they are about 20 to 30 dollars more expensive, but the warranty that comes with Corsair or the reliability of Corsair and G.Skill is worth the extra money.

Also Phanteks are good fans.

I know you said you will put it on a table eventually, but I would like to add that, just by simply having a clean room with minimal dust, and putting the computer on a table or bracket of some type can cut the dust build up in your computer by almost 80% (from personal experience).

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got a d3h in my build which I'm gonna upload soon with blue ares ram and I've got that same cooler coming! :D +1 for colour scheme!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

What Desk is that? Also Sweet setup man!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

not sure, no markings on it. got it a few years ago at office max I believe.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Sir, do ur Kingston SSD works well with windows 8.1? Is there any problem with the ssd so far?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it is working well with 8.1 No complaints at all. Pc boots and loads windows very fast

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

what LED fans are those in the front?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Rosewill model RFA-120-BL. Added a fan controller to them as well so that I can control fan speed and noise.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm jealous LOL About to start building my first performance pc. I've read that the newer Kingston SSD's have inferior storage chips which affects performance greatly..hopefully yours is the good type ;-)

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Gj, too bad that now the amd r9 280x is only around 265 bux

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

how is that TP-Link working out?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for making me laugh

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Man that avexir ram is sweet. I was going to get the red/orange color but it got lost in the mail!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

why did u buy a wireless adapter

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

because it's not a hassle to route a cable into the room, or just because cables ruin the aesthetics in the room.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Its so beautiful, but expensive I like your TV, seems got alot of fun while watching 1080p movies _^ I wish i can got that ... but maybe need to wait 16 years to be in 40yrs hahaha thanks to share

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehe, maybe work on a tech industry? A good software engineer earns about 1300$ a day average (500K a year), and that means you could literally build a high-end gaming computer every day without living costs :P

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

IT HAS SUPER SWAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG 1+ FOR SAME CHAIR AND TV,AND MONITER LOL AND THE SPEAKER LOLOLOL BEST BUILD EVER BBBBBBBEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSTTTTTTTTTTTT UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR BUILDS ARE SSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AWOSSSMMEEEE!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

How has that memory been treating you?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for such a clean desk and room! I wish I have a room just for myself for privacy and design it how I want it!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Looks like s great build. You should have mixed green and blue LEDs...

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a great set up :) +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the build. Was looking to buy the same graphics card, which brought me here. I noticed you spent $200 for a 3.4 quad core. If I may, I'd recomend the FX 6300. It's a 6 core 3.5ghz Yes, it is amd, but for 100$, it's pretty good.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I was checking out that keyboard/mouse set and stumbled upon this beautiful blue box. The title is totally relatable as well! Very nice

I like that cooler, but imagine what your build would look like with the cooler from mine!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Woah! That's one epic gaming console that ya built! lots of power, very cool all the time and just flat out epic. Keep doing what ya do mate!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

love it! looks like a bigger brother to my build :) my girlfriend thought I was crazy too!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

looks great

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the Kingston SSD, thinking of getting one as they are a great price

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

no complaints at all, it has worked flawlessly for me.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely amazing <3 I am building the same PC at the moment I hope it turns out like yours <3 (Only changes is a 970, i7 4790k and also 16gbs of the blue avexir LED ram!)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the ssd worth it? I plan to buy it for my mom, since it's not that expensive.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

yes, no complaints on the ssd, works well, and boots up OS fast

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build! Glad I checked it out. Bad news is that I only was it because I was researching your CPU that people have been getting lately for $109.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

that last picture...INCEPTION!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man! Great Build! Price to part selections were great and the outcome was even greater! +1 for that! Also what desk is that in the corner it looks very nice for single person like me?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

How'd you get the blue in the tower, did you add a blue led fan or a blue led strip? I plan on getting the Gigabyte Z97x SLI but wasn't aware that there are leds on the mobo.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Both, front fans are blue led, blue led strip runs around interior or case, and also the 2 sticks of RAM also have blue led lights in them

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