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Haswell Air 540

by Ganji


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Date Published

April 2, 2014

Date Built

Jan. 3, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.045 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C


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starwarsguy99 2 points 61 months ago

Wow now thats just cool! Nice one!

Ganji submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago


Pbandjelly4 2 points 61 months ago

Eh uh.... You like purple? Haha jk great build would have gotten a bigger hdd with your budget but amazing! +1

Ganji submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Haha! that would be the wife, Thanks! the only reason the mech drive is in there is for Plex media server and it was carried over from a previous build. I've never got close to filling the Hdd as I delete movies I've already seen and don't collect any junk lol.

Bokehjeremy 1 Build 2 points 61 months ago

Air 540 yess

Kiburi 1 Build 2 points 61 months ago

Love this build! Cable management in this case seems so easy! +1

Ganji submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago


Catalyzer 1 Build 2 points 61 months ago

Wow !

plgdg 1 Build 2 points 61 months ago

Very clean. Well done.

Ganji submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago


SynchHD 2 points 61 months ago

Nice build. Is that a custom side panel window or is that standard with the case? I can't remember off the top of my head.

Ganji submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Cheers! Its the stock one.

CrossFire10100 2 points 61 months ago

Very clean build everything neat! Good Job

Ganji submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago


ArrKayCee 3 Builds 2 points 61 months ago

Seeing so many builds with this case is making me regret not getting it over the Arc Midi R2...beautiful job!

Ganji submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago


Salty365 1 point 61 months ago

A description would help a lot for example; why did you get an i7 when you only need an i5 for gaming? Why did you get ocz ssd's, did you have them lying around or did you buy them? What exacly is this going to be used for Gaming, CAD, 3D rendering? Please answer these questions in the description.

XIHackInABoxIX 8 Builds 6 points 61 months ago

I would also be nice to see the OP update the prices, to accurately give us a picture of what he paid for the system in whole. Also rating the products used and telling us a bit about the build experience itself wouldn't hurt.

But please, don't be that guy that says "i5 for gaming, yadda yadda!"

It is getting old. Some people buy the i7 to say they have an i7. Some people don't care and can afford it. Some people may use that power in other ways, such as using the computer as a server, multitasking, etc. There may be one program that benefits from it, like a video encoder or such that may have tilted his decision onto this.

Just because a computer is PRIMARILY used for gaming, doesn't always mean the i7 is going to waste. Also, it doesn't look like budget was a concern for him.

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Ganji submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

My rig is purely for gaming and benchmarks and the reason I bought an i7 is because I was running Sli 780's with an oc'd FX 8350 which was limiting the gpu's in benchmarks and the i5 wouldn't have been much of an upgrade. As for the ssd's why not buy OCZ? their drives are very good.

malcar11 4 Builds 1 point 61 months ago

Lovely, congrats!


Ganji submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago


Novapilot28 -3 points 61 months ago

Builds like these don't need much of a description

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Novapilot28 -1 points 61 months ago

Oh crap sorry. I forgot that how people read my comments are not like how it sounds like in my head. :p

BlackOrion -3 points 61 months ago

Great build!! However, for the video cards, I would have saved the money and gone with either a Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 4GB or an HIS Radeon 7850 4GB for around $250 for either option. You total vid ram would have been 8GB. So would you have received 1GB more of video ram at a bargain price without it affecting your ability to game on Ultra Settings and saved some money too! Nonetheless, overall a great build and I like the case (Air 540 does a nice job of hiding the cables)...Good Job!!!!

XIHackInABoxIX 8 Builds 5 points 61 months ago

Not sure what he is using it for, but if it is for gaming the 780's will run circles around AMD's Pitcairn or Curacao XT chips. Just because there is more available VRAM doesn't mean it is a better card.

Also when running in XFire/SLI, VRAM doesn't stack.

For example I have two Radeon R9 280x's (3gb each) I still only have 3gb of VRAM on tap.

BlackOrion -2 points 61 months ago

I was looking at what he paid more or less for 3GB card. I have the HIS Radeon 7850 4GB version running at 1 Ghz and I'm sure there are cards that run faster. For that matter, there are cards that will beat the Titan. I look for components that give more bang for the buck. However, I have no problem with the card that I purchased even though it is considered a medium range buy.

XIHackInABoxIX 8 Builds 4 points 61 months ago

Correct me if I am wrong, but it seems like you are judging his buy based on clock speed and VRAM, which in this case is irrelevant.

I would hardly say that buying a 4gb 7850 is getting more "bang for the buck", unless you are in a unique situation that allows you to utilize all 4gb of that VRAM, without maxing the capabilities of the 7850 first, which is unlikely if you are a gamer, at least.

I posted a build on here using the 7850, and while I agree that it is a good little card for the money - I can assure you that it would have no place (performance-wise) in a build with a $2,000 budget.

BlackOrion 1 point 61 months ago

Yeah sure, but most people don't have $2K or more to drop on a build to get the better performance. If you look some of the other builds, they are building on a budget. Usually, my budget for a build is around $1,200 - $1,500 USD. Like you said, "I not sure if he is using it for gaming or not" However, if so, then I (myself) look for components that will work just as good for the task. For example, if we are talking about being able to play BF3 or Crysis 3 or other graphics intensive games, then my foot is in the door with the 7850 (playing on ultra settings) vs a high-end 7990, Titan or GTX 780/90 for that matter. Yeah, those cards will out perform me in benchmarks and will probably yield a better/sharper image... fps, shading, rendering and etc. However, in the end I still get to play with the big boys, but without the high price tag and my card gives me the same game experience. Does that make sense?

XIHackInABoxIX 8 Builds 2 points 61 months ago

No it doesn't make sense, because like I said, I had a 7850, and it doesn't perform anywhere close to a high-end card. It is decent for what it does (mid-range gaming). but it doesn't belong in a build of this caliber.

One would only assume that a build like this is for two things:

1.) Workstation - Needing two high end GPU's for CUDA and the like. 2.) Extreme gaming - Using a high resolution monitor (1440p and above) or going with a multi-monitor setup.

I can tell you that a 7850 would not fit into either of these scenarios. Judging by the two 1080p monitors, he needs screen real estate, which backs my theories listed above. The 7850 isn't able to perform CUDA work, so if it is a workstation, then that is "out the door", and if he is using it for gaming, I have seen the 7850 bog down under heavy loads, such as multi-monitor/high res gaming.

I am all for constructive criticism, and sharing where you think a build can be better, but I think it is counter intuitive to suggest worse parts that will probably not be an option for this user, and not fit his needs. (Albeit a lack of a description on the build page, we can only guess for the time being).

If he wanted to save money he could have gone with an i5, Hyper 212 Evo, cheaper monitors, skipped the sleeved extensions, skip spending $200 on a mouse and keyboard, etc, etc. Along with a cheaper PSU, and cheaper GFX cards. But for what the build is, I would say it is very well rounded, and well done - which means he probably did his homework and is somewhat experienced. ALSO, MONEY WAS NOT REALLY AN OBSTACLE.

But like I said, there is probably a reason as to why he chose what he chose, and until he responds with a reason, or updates the description, it is all up to speculation.

In the long run, this is a solid build, with no noticeable flaws, other than a lack of description, and incorrectly priced parts. I can see if this build was horrible, had poor quality parts, or didn't make sense... but in this case I see no reason to make suggestions, unless you know what the OP intended to do with this build - which you do not.

So how can you make an accurate, blind suggestion?

Does that make sense?

kritz_gaming 2 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

wait wait wait hold on... why are you getting into other people now? didn't you suggest this card for his build? I would definitely agree that this card is amazing for budget builds but budget wasn't a problem for Him so why are we all arguing about this

kritz_gaming 2 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

however i don't think budget was a problem for him soo. and also your 4GB card was crammed into the card, while the GTX780 has the potential of upgrading to 6GB. I would agree your card is more bang for the buck, but as i said, budget wasn't a problem for him and by doing that he gives himself more choices on upgrading in the future.

Ganji submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Thanks! I went with those gpu's because AMD had nothing worth upgrading to when I upgraded from my Gtx 670's.

BlackOrion 1 point 50 months ago

Cool beans!

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xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 2 points 61 months ago

There's no need to insult us.

legomyego1010 2 Builds 1 point 61 months ago

I will upvote if I want to upvote. If I am impressed by the build/pictures I will show my support by "upvoting" it. He might be new to the site and doesn't know the "rules" that you people have...