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First time building a computer, and I really have no idea what I am doing!! haha, but some how it is coming together. Still waiting on my gpu's, probably next week they will show up. We use the computer mainly for photo and video editing, and I think I am going to try to get into some gaming. I've always enjoyed first person shooter games like Battlefield etc.

Still have to go in and setup all my bios and RAM settings, or rather, get someone to help me figure it out! So after that I will try to post some pics and stats.

For all those who may feel the need to tell me that I "wasted money on this part or that" or "you don't need that big of a PS, RAM, whatever" I don't really care! :) I wanted this to last me a while, so that's what I built. For all others, feel free to comment, although I'm sure until I get some pics up there won't be much.

Well I finally have a few pics up, sorry, they are just from my cell phone. Hopefully take some nicer ones with my real camera soon. Still tweaking settings and trying to figure things out, but so far I'm happy. Also added some Bitfenix Alchemy cables, and ordered more than I ended up needing! Might try my hand at sleeving sometime and clean up some cable clutter in the back. For now, the wife just wants the "damn computer mess" cleaned up! Haha

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build mate i hope to have something similar soon. have you ran into any problems with your gtx 970s due to 3.5gb + .5gb vram nerf.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's my first time building one, I am troubleshooting a BSOD issue right now. I think it may have something to do with the memory, but not sure. As for the 3.5gb, I've only been playing Battlefield 4 and Hardline Beta, never had any issues, but I don't think they were very taxing on the cards.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it. +1 A few friendly suggestions.

  1. Change the push/pull fan configuration on your H100i to exhaust instead of intake. This will take advantage of heat's natural tendency to rise. Also, it will help keep your case cleaner (last longer) as there is no dust filter on top. Corsair also recommended to split each fan in-line (not side by side) to a 3-pin. This will keep the fans rotating at the exact same speed and move air appropriately. I would assume using the same fans would also be a recommendation.
  2. Move your SSD behind the MoBo above the PS in the designated tray.
  3. AF fans would be more appropriate for the front intake.
  4. If replacing TM on cooler, Corsair recommends the thicker Shin Etsu.

That is all. Really. I do like it :) Keep it up!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comments! I originally hadn't planned on doing a push/pull config when I ordered everything, so that is why the fans are"different" they are actually the same fans spec wise, as that is what Corsair supplies with the H100i. I actually installed a couple of fine dust filters on the top of the case to combat any dust intake. I had not read anything about splitting the fan in line, but since all four are run off of the cpu fan port on MB they do actually all show the same speed. Much research also suggested to have them setup as intake as it helps create a positive air pressure thus creating less chance for dust to be entering the case. As for the AF fans up front, once again the consensus was that because of the dust filter and the restrictions of the front, that SP fans were the better option. Why would I want the SSD in the back partition? I'm actually asking, not being an a*. The front is cooler from an airflow perspective, and I guess an esthetics perspective. Thanks for your suggestions, as I said I am learning so any help is appreciated, oh and my idle temps are in the neighborhood of 24C

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

If you look at the specs of the stock cooler fans compared to the SP QE they are different. They are still "SP" fans and actually preform better it terms of air flow but are not as quiet. They may be rotating at the same speed but having different effects although ultimimaly negligible. For my Mobo I was concerned about running all 4 fans on one 3-pin so I split it up. These were just suggestions from Corsair that I had not considered as a first time builder and thought I would pass along. In the end, the 540 has great airflow and temperatures should rarely be a problem. My physics isn't great but it seems counter intuitive that bringing air in would keep dust out. If you have a link on this or on the front SPs that you could share with me I would greatly appreciate it. I am still learning myself. Kudos on the additional air filter. I will try this. The SSD just triggered my OCD. "A place for every thing, and every thing in its place." If that's your place I can accept that but I don't believe they need any additional cooling. Finally, LEDS! LEDS! LEDS! That thing should look like a rave! ;)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.overclock.net/t/1219634/positive-air-pressure-what-you-need-to-know-to-keep-your-pc-clean-and-happy

http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/2rike2/discussion_how_is_positive_pressure_supposed_to/

This is regarding the SP's on the front intake, a couple posts down, JameyScott http://www.overclock.net/t/1404897/official-corsair-carbide-air-540-owners-club-gallery/7820

http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/32715-corsair-sp-or-af-fans/

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18527343&page=37

As for the H100i fan setup, I will do a little digging into that. I'm still not happy with my fan controls on the motherboard, or actually through Corsair Link. It keeps setting my Max RPM's wrong on the fans, it puts one of the SP120's on the front at like 633 RPMs, and of course that is the one that blows most directly at my gpu's! haha I open up the Gigabyte app and use the Fan Calibrate, then it ramps up to proper speed. I will be changing out the factory H100i fans, just have to buy them without the wife knowing! She's already a little ticked about what this all ended up costing!

As for the LED's, my computer room is directly across from the bedroom and I leave the comp on a lot of times, might drive me nuts having a disco party while I'm trying to sleep. Heck, the HD activity LED is too frigging bright, flashing all the time!! :) As for the SSD, its also a bit about showing off the goodies! figured I had a white SATA cable, might as well show the world!

Oh yeah, and I also have the H100i on intake because then I'm cooling the rad with fresh cool air from outside the case, instead of hot air being exhausted off my gpu's

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you please give links to the dust filters you've installed on the top? Pictures would be helpful too.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

They were just a cheap Silverstone magnetic filter. 140mm. Not a perfect fit, but they cover over the fan and seem to stop some dust from getting in.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks great, and it's hard to believe that is your First Build. The white wiring adds a nice finishing touch to the computer too. I'm impressed.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Now I think I should build an HTPC, as my old one may have some demons lurking it seems!