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First Gaming Build - (i7+Strix1080+Corsair 240)

by salehbad


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Date Published

Nov. 18, 2016

Date Built

Nov. 6, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

17.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.759 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C


This is my long last dream of building my own gaming rig. I researched this build endlessly. If it wasn't for all of you guys sharing your expertise i would't be able to do this as smoothly. Pcpartpicker, reddit, corsair case owners club (overclock) were the most valuable to inform me about all the troubles i might face, and face them i did. :)

What do you use the machine for?

Gaming & amateur video and photo editing


my main concern was fitting the GTX 1080 into this lovely piece of case (Corsair air 240). the STRIX has great cooling and OCed, with the H100i v2 cooler there is barely enough space to install it. BUT, i had to unscrew the shield from the end of the gpu, put the gpu into the mobo, then screw back the shield in. so i got to breath finally, since i panicked the first 15mins when it wouldn't go into the mobo slot......cuz i didn't take of the slot's plastic cover!!! T_T

Bottom line, if you are building with this case. The Strix receeded power input provide enough room. However, its length won't allow you to do pull&push with the H100i. The FTW might be an alternative.

All in all the pieces fit together nicely, in a compact case. I'm still waiting on 2 thermal take riing fans to fit it behind the radiator in pull set up. i'm using the default corsair airflow fans and they seem fine, i expect the TT to be quieter and to pull more air through the rad. Right now my cooling set up is:

  • 2 120mm Pull Default Corsair fans (H100i v2)
  • 1 120mm side intake (in cables compartment)
  • 1 80mm bottom intake fan
  • 2 120&80mm top rear and rear exhaust fans

temperature are fine, since i 've not got into OC yet. For a first timer like me this seems to be sufficient, will have to look at it again if i get to OC in the future. my main concern now is to achieve positive pressure to avoid dust.

one downside i realize now, is that my bottleneck is the screen i bought it first a few months ago. now i realize that i should 've gone with a 1440p screen. But for now after years on my macbook pro bootcamp, DAI and Witcher 3 looks sweet enough at 1080p.

at last i want to thank everyone sharing their builds here, i learnt a lot from all the Corsair air 240 owners here. if i didn't do my research here, i would 've probably bought it built and with lower specs.


Part Reviews


perfect mobo for a beginner like me, EZ mode in bios is very helpful.


compact, beautiful, hidden compartment for cable mess. i love this case.

Comments Sorted by:

Enrico411 2 points 28 months ago

Great build!! +1

salehbad submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago


Lyrix 2 points 28 months ago

dat cm tho! anyways: nice!

salehbad submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

lol don't judge, it's my first draft. i'll have another go at it, when rest of the fans get here.


nakaman 4 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

The only advice I got for a build was to not put a screw directly under my processor or I would fry it to a crisp.

nakaman 4 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

Nice build though. Looks well researched.+1

salehbad submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

thanks, glad to hear that.

Ninjadudewhat 2 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

So... No ssd then?

salehbad submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Actually I preordered the new 960 Evo m.2, for now a temp sanddisk 250gb ssd is my boot disk. I tried to make do with the hdd but it was too slow to bare

Now you mentioned it, would there be a noticeable difference if I installed my games on the hdd instead of the ssd?

Ninjadudewhat 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

For most of them no

iluvgaming1 2 points 27 months ago

Wow, I can't believe that you got this card, this HUGE-*** card, onto a micro-ATX MoBo; did you have any problems with sagging due to the weight? Very impressive build for a beginner; I have built so many now, I've lost count ha ha ha