This machine is primarily used for gaming, however it is also my main computer. This is my second ever computer build.
I had originally picked out a RX 480 Red Devil. Unfortunately I had multiple issues with the graphics card (high temps 85 c, constant grey screen crashes) and ended up returning it to Amazon. While looking for a new RX 480, I stumbled upon the R9 Fury Nitro. After doing some research, I decided I would go for this card instead. I am very happy with this decision. The R9 Fury Nitro delivers a crazy value for the price I paid.
I did run into another hiccup. The R9 Fury Nitro fits just fine in this tiny Corsair Air 240. However, the PSU VGA cables would not bend enough to allow me to comfortably close the case up. After searching, I found a user on reddit who had this same problem. Thanks to Kareon Kables, I bought a adapter that laid flat, allowing me to close my case with ease!
I ended up replacing the Intel stock cooler because I have a smaller room, and it can get pretty warm in here. The Cryorig C7 brought my temps down by about 10 c and I am super happy about that (65-68 under load vs 50-55). Plus, it looks alot better with my white build than the stock one did.
Overall I had alot of fun with this build. The Air 240 was a joy to work with. I love the size and how manageable everything was.
Lastly I want to thank this website. This is one of the most informative, and helpful places to go when building a new computer.
UPDATE: I have installed a i7 7700k into this build. It does a much better job keeping my frames for 144 hz. Also had to up the cooler a bit.
I had bought this before Ryzen was released. Honestly, I would have gone Ryzen 1700x. However, this processor still kicks *** and takes names. It runs a little warm with my current cooler so I may invest in a IAO in the future. Other than that I have no complaints about performance.
Great low profile cooler. It is the tallest cooler to fit in a Corsair Air 240 (I did alot of research but I could be wrong). It cools a little better than the Hyper 212 which is a good thing. Its silent as can be, as known for the Noctua name.
Eh, its a B150M mobo. It works, and ive had no issues running the system after 9 months. No real special features, but that comes with the B150M market.
No issue with this RAM. It looks awesome and performs great.
This SSD kicks booty. Ive had no issues whatsoever with it and it flys.
This combined with 1080p 144 hz FreeSync is unbelievable for what I paid for it (240$). Ive owned this for about 9 monthes now and it has been wonderful with no issues at all. Only con I can see is it is very large. Now that Vega is out, ofcourse that will be a better experience, but if you can snag one of these up for 240-280$ I highly recommend it. FreeSync makes AMD cards worth it at basic 1080p 144 hz. Even if I only get 100 fps, I cant even tell the difference cause its so damn smooth. 5/5.
Wonderful case, I have no grips about this thing. Cable management is effortless, it looks awesome, and is well made. Airflow set up is perfect IMO. If you are looking for a cube, this is definitely one to look at.
Its a power supply by a good company at gold rating. I may have gone overboard with my build but the difference at the time between 600 and 850 gold was 20$.
These things move air nicely. No other real complaints.