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I recently built a new gaming computer in 2013 (AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz + Radeon HD 7970 3GB), but gave it to my son who was starting his first year of college (I reverted to using my first system built in 2009 Radeon HD 4870 + AMD Phenom II X4 920) . I use my computer mainly for gaming. Conveniently right as I was building a new rig on pcpartspicker my old monitor from 2008 finally passed away in its sleep (R.I.P.). Enter this beautiful 34'' 3440x1440 ips monitor which i paid way too much for, but you have to spurge on yourself some times i believe. Ordered all parts from newegg which some qualified for 2 day free shipping with a premier account, and the rest i paid for 3 day shipping instead of 4-7 days free so it would all arrive somewhat together. Received everything as ordered on second day so brownie points for awesome shipping from UPS and FedEx.

I cannot express how much of joy and pleasure it is to work with the air 540 case, this made the entire build cake. Case came with 2 front white 140mm led fans, 1 rear 140mm non led fan used for a exhaust. Moved the front top led fan to rear exhaust, moved rear to top as exhaust, and mounted the h80i in top as exhaust. I was afraid mounting the liquid cooler exhaust on top would interfere with ram installation, but was just enough room. I didn't want the white lighting of the case to be overpowering and this gave me the perfect balance. HHD and SSD snapped into place easily with no visible wiring, cant say how ingenuous this design looks. Power supply mounts on other side of case with many grommets for all wiring. Only bad experience I had was some of the fans had a hard time reaching its connector, but that's more my improper planning than anything else. Also for some reason the 24 pin motherboard connector had issues properly seating into its connector. Maybe it was me trying to baby my new baby, or something else. After having this build together and working the 3rd day it would not turn on!! Needless to say I was livid. I was just about to swap out the new power supply for old when I touched the 24 pin connector it seemed seated but slightly loose. After applying more pressure it powered on (thank god cause I was about to go Hulk Mode on someone or something).

The 34um94-p is a monster, yet beautiful and super overpriced and i had to have it!!!. If you notice in the pic that's 3 full sized web pages side by side all of which you can read clearly. I don't play fps shooter type games that require high refresh rates, and or super low response times (more of a dota 2 and lately something possessed me to start playing wow again). These games are not too visually intensive to make my 970 work hard at all @3440x1440) I was more interested in screen real estate and resolution. I did a fair amount of research and not sure if I got lucky but can see no backlight bleed on this particular monitor, but this monitor is extremely bright which is I can deal with. I chose windows 8.1 for speed (from full off to windows password screen in 5 sec), and upgrading to 10 if it's any good plus i don't mind the metro ui. All in all was the easiest and most elegant looking build I've ever completed. Feel free to leave a comment.

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Comments

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

Did the monster length of the 970 get in the way of the case at all? I'm looking to put into my smaller air 240 case.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Not in the slightest, had plenty of room to spare.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually have the same exact GPU at my work and it barely fits in the case I had. So be careful on smaller/older cases. The heatsink is actually touching the HDD mouting beam.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

That sexy case + cable management + awesome parts. +3

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for that monitor!!

Great build also ;-) Really like that Black and white theme.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Will the 970 play games on Ultra on 1440p? Nice build +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I have only played dota 2, and wow both on ultra with no problem what so ever so far. Havent had a good to game to properly test it on.

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

You could try Planetside 2 if you like free MMOs and FPSs...

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Woot woot for PS2. I am conflicted on that monitor. I would spent that extra money elsewhere but to each their own. Still a great build.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok then! Only problem that I have found with PS2 is that I often do this thing called "dying"

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Hehehe, that does tend to happen. =)

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Tried planetside 2 but wasnt my cup of tea, thanks though for the suggestion.

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

Why didn't you like it?

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build dude +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Mmmmm... That mobo is so sexy!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you I agree. They just started selling it and it went well with my color scheme :D.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet build and hey, Virtual Customs. This build deserves a theme.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

So glad to see this build, I'm doing something nearly identical, only difference being that I waited for sales on all the parts so I could afford the 4790K at the same build price, how are your temps on the i5 with that h100i?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $279.99 @ Micro Center
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler Purchased For $90.00
Motherboard MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition ATX LGA1150 Motherboard Purchased For $126.99
Memory Kingston Fury White Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory Purchased For $69.99
Storage Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $0.00
Case Corsair Air 540 ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $119.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $44.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) Purchased For $0.00
Other Free 120GB intel SSD from dead laptop Purchased For $0.00
Other Free Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Operating System from dead laptop Purchased For $0.00
Other Free upgrade to SP120 Performance edition (white accent) Fans for the Corsair H100i Purchased For $0.00
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $731.95
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-04 17:20 EST-0500
  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, +1 build :D, hows the CPU? do you play dayz or arma? is it fast and responsive? I really need last options before buy :|, Thanks :D

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

does this also work with a normal air cooling system?

(new to building)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I see no reason why it wouldn't. The 4690k doesn't output too much heat (although I haven't overclocked mine yet). After 3 weeks my system which sits at my feet is whisper quite except for 5 sec upon start up or shut down.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

did you post your AMD on here? Wheres the link? Anyway love this build very similar to what I'm about to make! +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I recommend keeping it off the floor, as the case fails to have dust covers on the bottom., and it is a good simple policy to have for all towers in general

Interesting setup with the case fans. I never thought about swapping them around.

Nice work.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm building the same pc. http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/DQwyrH Not much different so tell me if this build is good.

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