This build was first completed in January 2016 with an i7-6700K and Radeon R9 390X. Sadly, one of the card's fans died within a couple of months, but it was also opportunistic as the store I bought the card from no longer stocked it, so they allowed me to choose something else: I went with a liquid-cooled GeForce GTX 980 Ti.
When I brought the card home, I discovered the hard way that the H80i v2 and GPU radiator did not fit along the front panel of the Air 240. Alongside that, the tubing on both were incredibly stiff. However, I was determined to make it work, so I spent hours trying all possible arrangements of fans and radiators, and eventually settled on the H80i v2 attached to the front panel, and the GPU radiator attached to the top panel with just enough clearance between the RAM sticks and tubing. I then attached all of the remaining fans and finished up with:
- 2 x purple SP120 fans as front intakes;
- 1 x purple AF120 fan as a side intake;
- 1 x GPU fan and 1 x purple AF120 fan as top exhausts; and
- 2 x Noctua NF-R8 Redux as rear exhausts.
I was mindful of the H80i v2 only having one fan, but at stock clock rates and in an ambient room temperature of 28 °C, this build achieves the following:
- CPU temperature of 27 °C (idle) to 55 °C (under load);
- GPU temperature of 28 °C (idle) to 57 °C (under load); and
- Fire Strike score of 16,044.
My goal was to build a powerful VR-ready gaming machine that was quiet, compact, and aesthetically pleasing, and I feel that this ticks all the boxes. Pretty happy with the overall result.