Description

The old Corsair Air 540 was plenty spacious for a mATX build, but it certainly attracted more than its fair share of dust. After several instances of overheating during the course of its usual 24/7 protein folding sessions, a terrible fate befell me in a massive SSD crash/memory management BSoD.

Knowing that the dust was an issue, my desire to kove to a quad-channel kit, the size consuming my desk space, and that I was staring a new, high capacity SSD in the face, I decided just to switch the whole damn thing up and jump into a complete refit of the build...in a case that would compliment the for factor a bit better.

Sure the decreased volume of internal air caused the GPU to run a little hotter, but the CPU has never run so cool under load. Even if the cable management will make me gray early, it was worth the thrill and fight! Another successful build by Ascalon Creative Arts!

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 4 points

+1 for all that variety of SSDs!

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

HAHA! I didn't even notice that until I saw your comment!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

G710MasterRace

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you fit that H100i v2 into that case?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a tedious process of actually installing it in the rear cavity.,,and snaking the plate/pump assembly through one of the provided cable management grommets (grommet kept falling out due to the torque required to weasel it through without damage).

All in all, the poor airflow in the case ultimately rendered this a moot point. I have every reason to believe if I had moved cable management OUT of the cable management area instead of carefully making it work with the AIO next to it, it would have generated better thermals...but then again, folding isn't exactly gonna keep your rig nice and chilly, either.

Always try something once, I say.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

why the varity in ssds? (im curios/ a noob and want to know/understand lol) Love it

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I received a few of them as freebies at work, and had proceeded to make the highest performer (Intel) my gaming SSD, and the next fastest (PNY) my primary drive. The Samsung is my current backup/system restore drive, and I will be making the Kingston my Ubuntu-bootable drive.

If I had the money to, I'd go Intel all the way, but I don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks for the information. Im looking at changing to all ssd and want to know what to buy.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah switch it up to SSD unless you use a NAS. Any bootable drive should be made the target of your first upgrade.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a reason for all those SSDs?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I refuse to use HDDs for anything except for mass storage. I also buy a variety of brands to benchmark, and keep the winners for my personal rigs.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Great case +1

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It sounds like your pump may not actually be working. Fans still might be.

Make sure the pump (and the integrated fan headers) are plugged into the correct places. The pump needs to be connected to the "CPU" motherboard header, not the fans. Put the fans into the indicated connector on the H100i V2, nowhere else.

Make sure you've also downloaded Corsair Link and run it. You will see a colossal difference in temps once you set up Link to run at startup.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ambient 30'C, idle temp makes sense. If your CPU isn't being utilized, the TIM should be enough to disperse the heat to your pump contact.

You applied the H100i V2 with the included thermal paste coat, or did you use aftermarket paste?

What are your i7-6700k's vCore and Frequency set at?

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

No, mine is not. Then again, it is tightly screwed into its posts and behind a window, so it's not easy to hear. I'll check when I get home, but I doubt it is.