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by alnakib80


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Date Published

Oct. 20, 2014

Date Built

Aug. 24, 2013

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

56.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



Link to Build Log + Extra Pics : http://www.overclock.net/t/1420257/build-log-corsair-carbide-air-540-haswell-build

Link to HWBOT benchmarked i7 @4.7 Ghz: <a href='http://hwbot.org/xtu/share/97490'>Intel Core i7-4790K CPU @ 4700.0MHz - 1087 XTU marks on HWBOT</a>


This is my first ever build not to mention a PC build log. Please do not expect custom made water cooling parts of dyed acrylic for example. This is going to be a standard air cooling rig with the exception of a closed loop AIO CPU water cooler.

I have been into computers since I was young, and as a teenager I saw the birth of the internet. In those days I just used the house PC and I remember the hours of joy I used to have playing Delta Force Land Warrior online. Later on down the line I would use Adobe software for my graphic design work and currently I am getting into video rendering.

Ive been researching this stuff for a couple of years, I bought a Asus Sabertooth X58 in 2010, then I decided i'd go with an AMD F8350 and bought a Gigabyte. In the end, I never got around to building on those platforms especially the way that technology moves these days it hard to keep up. I ended up selling both on Ebay.

So, I decided I would build my rig based on a case that was both functional, mature and not too "Gamer" like (If you know what I mean). I have spent hours researching, months even years on and off. I decided again id have another go at it and I was about to take the plunge on a Corsair Obsidion 350D when I accidentally came across the Corsair Carbide Air 540. It was love at first sight. I held my breath for the price of such a cool looking case and was surprised how affordable it was. I live in Kuwait so shipping costs were always going to be a pain for me. I ended up ditching my mail forwarding US address on this one because the shipping weight was about 22lbs and most notable shipping companies were asking $300 US. I ended up using Amazon's own shipping and decided it didnt matter if I took the cheapest shipping option (21 days if I recall correctly) only cost me $80 US. To my surprise, my case was at my door in an astonishing 5 days! Yes, USA - Kuwait in 5days and no slow customs delays either!

So, not to bore you any longer (or myself for that matter, here is the birth of my long awaited and first PC build.


Case: Corsair Carbide Air 540 MotherBoard: MSI Z87 MPOWER CPU: i7 4770K --------> upgraded to 4790k GPU: EVGA GTX 780 RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8) PSU: XFX 850W BD Drive: Pioneer BDR2208 CPU COOLER: Corsair H100i SSD: Kingston Hyper X 240GB (For OS and Software) -------> extra ssd in Raid 0 HD: WD Velociraptor 1TB (For files, music etc) Fans: 3 x Corsair SP120 PRM High Performance Edition (For front Intake) 1 x Corsair AF140 Rear exhaust 4 x Corsair SP 120 (Exhaust for H100i in Push/Pull Config) Fan Controller: Corsair Link Kit + 2 x Corsair cooling nodes Dust Filters: Top, Bottom and PSU bought from DemciFilter Sleeving: MDPC sleeving. Keyboard: Corsair K70

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CanadianPenguin 3 Builds 7 points 43 months ago

I like the build, but I can't like the title

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

got a suggestion for a name? since its my first build and the best PC i ever owned i feel it is. Im really open to suggestions.

FabulousPandas 1 Build 4 points 43 months ago

"Lightning" ?

Bladedrummer 4 Builds 3 points 43 months ago

Yeah, change that title. Every other kid names their build "Beast." You won't get any upvotes or fair treatment with that name. It sucks, but it's just a thing here on pcpartpicker. :D How about bumblebee? In reference to the bada$$ transformer.

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

titled changed thanks for pointing out.. im a bot old for naming my rig to be honest so anyway dipped into my nerdy side and came up with something :p

Axxents 2 points 43 months ago

The thing that seems to be the most popular and liked is computers named "Project [insert name here you like]", but any name will do.

Hman1250 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

Why not, Black and Yellow by Corsair :>

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

hehe yeah!

bobby0825 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

+1 Really rare yellow schema! You are welcome to take a look of my build.

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Yeah haha well I still have white fan rings! I havent gotten around to that yet. I will check yours out!

Scruffy_Nerfherder428 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

Nice build, like the colors. Ever thought about turning the cooler around having the tubing come down in front of the intake fans. I always imagined having the top intake fan blowing onto the tubing would help keep it cooler resulting in maybe cooler temps. Tho i have no idea if that would make any difference. Just seems logical to me.

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Well, I have 3 intake fans in the front pushing air onto the MB, one 140 exhaust, I have push/pull top rad bringing in cold air. I live in Kuwait so we have AC on 24/7 ambient room temp 24/25 degrees C... i also use a reference GTX 780 pushing air out of the case rather than in.. solid setup this way.

ArtzPCPP 2 points 43 months ago

Why didn't you use an MSI Lightning 780 instead? Better cooling, quieter, suits the theme better.

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

simply because the minute I saw the reference GTX 780 look, I was in love. I still am today, id buy a gtx 970 refrenece in a heartbeat, but... my next build I want to watercool and its pointless removing such a beauty... next time id go with 970 sli msi perhaps and not bother about the looks. Oh and I was sold on the GeForce GTX lighting on the cards. That selfishly simple.

Sed8Op8 3 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Hey just wondering how is that 140 doing venting all that intake. I was debating a build with the top as intake as well as the front and it just seemed that a single fan would struggle with all that air but I've never done it so I might be wrong. Anyways awesome build. Living In Kuwait you must have paid out the A$$ for your parts! Plus 1 very clean.... I just finished my HTPC I have to add a few finishing touches but it's almost done. Check it out.

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Yeah I paid alot for shipping, however in some cases I was able to purchase my monitor here (warranty, dead pixel, weight issues) so i was lucky and I paid about the same. Here in Kuwait the PC shops were selling the GTX 780 sc (3gb refrence) for the price of a Titan when it first came out...

I have found a shop now who says they can get some things and I dont pay shipping but they cant get everything...

As for the 140 exhaust, no problems at all... the only thing that gets hot is the graphics card when I play BF4, I am running a 2560 x 1440 @60Hz and it is reference design so Im glad the heat is release out otherwise with reference to your question id have a different story with internal temps. Ive found my setup to be the most ideal. i will check your build now. Thanks

Sed8Op8 3 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Hmmm I might try that I am starting my main build upgrade today and I really like positive pressure builds because I DON'T LIKE DUST!!!! Anyways once again very CLEAN BUILD man bravo...also sorry for the pics on my build all i have is a potato so i didnt even bother trying to take GREAT shots! I need to clean up a few wires on my htpc then onto my main. Oh I forgot I wanted to ask you what kind of 1440 monitors you got! I just got my QNIX I got the overclockable one but I did not op for thePERFECT pixel so I have my fingers crossed!!

MrChrumb 2 points 43 months ago

...me too. I bought the QNIX QX2710 from eBay for $280. Arrived in 5 days (NE USA), and the panel is without stuck on/off, bleeding etc. So far all I've done is turn down the brightness a tad. Hope you have good luck too.

I had been looking at the new 4k panels, and the g-sync ones also. ~$800 is just crazy for me. I figure in a few years the panels and gpu's will line up for the 4k move.

Not to mention that the 2560x1440 still looks good in Win7, not ready yet to move OS's and I think on the 4k's scaling would be a pain in the butt.

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

My wife and I both work in the design field so i went for a "professional" sort of screen. Its this one http://www.amazon.com/PB278Q-27-Inch-LED-lit-Professional-Graphics/dp/B009C3M7H0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413726818&sr=8-1&keywords=asus+pb27q

ASUS PB278Q and I freakin love it and always have except for one thing.. the arrangement of the inputs.. the power cable is annoying and sometimes doesnt sit right ... as a screen though... its been perfect for over a year so far. Id probably go with an gaming screen next same resolution but higher and definitley Asus.. i think they use samsung panels anyway. I think BenQ are good too.

As for dust, I still get some, i do have filters which I bought. If you follow link to build log. I will probably invest in a air purifier for my study which should help. I blow the dust out of the rad and stuff every 4 or 5 weeks.

Hope ur screen works out, always been interested in them but when i saw an Asus i just had to get it. I wouldnt go below 2560 x 1440... its just perfect for me.

akula2 2 points 43 months ago

Yes, ASUS PB278Q is the right choice for your requirements. I use many of them for design, modeling and simulation tasks. Most monitors go in as triple-display setup. Zero gaming.

A few more I bought recently: Asus PB287Q (quite good 4K monitor, 28").

I'm wondering, why did you opt for MSI Z87 MPOWER board instead of other Z97 boards like say Asus Z97 Pro?

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Good question, at the time it seemed to tick all my boxes... it was a great beginner board for me to play with i didnt want to spend too much, in the end though i gave up trying to manual overclock now i just use the automatic OC and it seems to keep the board where i want it.

I want to go for an Asus Extreme V and that is pretty much certain the board i want for 2015 or the Asrock Extreme 11.

Im interested in the 4k monitors for next year but i have to make sure i have plenty of horsepower for them. I actually enjoy gaming on my Monitor but i know i should get a 120/144 hz one and save my current !

Meithen 2 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

I like the color scheme, the yellow sleeved cables really pop.

Nice build +1

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Cheers! still need to paint the Fan rings yellow or black!

Meithen 2 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

I'd go yellow, I'm in the middle of a build right now and I painted mine green. The extra fan color really makes everything come together and look good, especially with the SP 120's.

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I will find the paints and work on it. Sand the rings first then primer? then Paint? sounds about right, right?

Meithen 2 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

You don't have to sand them. I used a fluorescent green but I painted the red rings instead of the white ones and wanted them to be nice and bright so I put a white primer on first. I don't think it was totally necessary though. You could probably just use your final color only, if you find a good paint.

MR.MR 2 points 43 months ago

I just came

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago


MrChrumb 2 points 43 months ago

Very nice build. Love the final look, and selections.

Anything you'd do differently to do over again (other than the CPU intial/final choice)?

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Yeah, initially I bought a back plate for a second GPU cos they were out of stock everywhere. Wish I went SLI ages ago... now the 970 and 980 are out the 780 for me has become a classic... I still might SLI it because I am in love with the Reference design.. best looking cards ever made... all the new ones just look like kids toys dont frighten me... but the 780, 780 Ti, Titans and 690.... freakin mean! other than that.. it was good in its day, still is today... its a classic build since it was my first I will keep tweaking it here and there. I have a Sounblaster Z sound card now, the Red LED is butt ugly... might do something about that.

domeylp 3 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Very clean Build

ceazjenkins 2 points 43 months ago

Yeah DFLW!!!! We probably kicked each others butt's from time to time. I miss that game!

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Delta Force Land Warrior... I was a teenager when that came out... oh man maps farther than the eye could see... these days all I get are teens calling everybody a "Noob"! since when did it stop being fun and so elitist? oh man memories memories...

ceazjenkins 1 point 43 months ago

Yup... Find a hill take a few shots, run to the other side to do some spawn camping. Not to mention the user made maps that were fun as hell. I too was a teenager.

maesterorion 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

That color scheme, so awesome.

ShamarHoltz 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

LOL! it looks like a build in some kind of advertisement cuz its so clean! +1

brelovix 2 points 43 months ago

nice color scheme, looks clean!

Hman1250 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

This build has the best cable management I've ever seen! +1

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks! made my day!

harlequin018 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

For a first build, everything looks very pretty. Great work. I do have qualms with your choice of HDD though, that 10k RPM won't be felt for file storage and you could have easily saved enough on that (get a $60 OEM WD 7200 one) to take the leap from the 780 to the ti, or even the 980.

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

This build is over a year old now. You have a point there. But I dont mind it when Im sending over my video files to work in Premiere. Its fast. Ive notice hybrid drives now by seagate. I will try those sometime. Thanks for the comment.

OneDollerPC 2 points 43 months ago

Why you get such a high speed HDD. A 7200 RPM would have done just fine. Also a Gigabyte GTX 970 Windforce would have done better then a 780. Other wise Awesome build had to give it a +1

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

the build is a year old so no gtx 970. And yes at that time i thought everything had to be fast! even the HDD. Cheers.

OneDollerPC 1 point 43 months ago

Did not see the year old part XD

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Yeah I just realized this site had a forum today! so yeah for like a year ive just been using this site instead of writing things down on paper :p

GamerDeso 2 points 43 months ago

The color scheme reminds me of the time I wanted to build my friend a Black and Yellow rig with the noisiest fans ever made... and that... song... DAMNIT WIZ KHALIFA!

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

haha yeah!

CowsGoRoar 2 points 43 months ago

Where do you get those colored front panel connections? I might buy some blue ones for my own rig.

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

i sleeved them. MDPC stuff.

MylesRawr 2 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Lovely build - great job!!

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks Alot!

optimusgaming 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

What desk?

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

ikea, benny or billy...

StonerAardvark 1 point 43 months ago

Wow! That MSI case badge looks fugly as hell, though :(

marshallbryant 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Question, I just got the Hyper 212 EVO and my load temps are 63 (max) and 28-30 Idle. I haven't over clocked and I do have 2 fans on the 212 as well as 2 140MM exhaust fans on top of my 750D. I have the 4790K and a super clocked 780. To get to the point, I wanted to get an H100i, would you happen to know what your temps were running your cpu at stock speed? I might OC when I go liquid but I really want to keep my load temps at around 55. I know case layouts and fans are variables, I'm just looking for a ballpark number

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Hi there, Just did two Intel XTU Benchmarks for you running Core Temp to monitor the temps of the cores. All temps in degrees C:

Stock CPU Speed 4.0 GHz : Min Temps: Core 1: 25, Core 2: 28, Core 3: 28, Core 4: 26 Max Temps: Core 1: 46, Core 2: 47, Core 3: 46, Core 4: 43

Overclocked CPU Speed 4.5 GHz: Min Temps: Core 1: 29, Core 2: 31, Core 3: 31, Core 4: 28 Max Temps: Core 1: 63, Core 2: 63, Core 3: 61, Core 4: 55

Hope that helps. If you want to stay under 55 then probably a 4.2 or 4.3 GHz overclock. Bear in mind my H100i is 2.5 years old now probably not as effiecent as before. I can tell the pump led failed and is stuck on red. The software was next to useless tried all the tricks nothing seemed to work.

I heard good things about the the Cooler Master Nepton series, or you could go with one of those new EK Predators setups and add a loop to it later.

Good luck with your build let us know what happens.



marshallbryant 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

thank you, I know for a seasoned OC user that switching profiles is no big issue but I appreciate you taking the time to actually run the tests. My CPU ran up into the 70's and sometimes low 80's for the first month :/. Now my temps are much better. In fact I'm sitting at 25 right now :D. I was told to do the 212 EVO to determine if my issues were caused by the cooling, then return it in the next month and upgrade to a liquid system. Question, I shouldn't see any long term effects of my CPU running as hot as it was for that first month, should I? This is only my 3rd system and only 2nd build.

alnakib80 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

No it was easy I use the auto overclock stuff on my board. My MSI z87 is not very manual overclocking friendly it was easy so dont worry.

No I think your temps are fine because when you think about it intel used to sell those CPUs with a rubbish stock air cooler so I presume these chips will thermal throttle to protect themselves before you damage them. Probably high 80s and above that you might start to worry.

If you look at my temps at 4.5 GHz they go almost to 70, I know its not for a month but they can handle that much so dont worry about it. The 212 Evo has had good reviews and its a product alot of people use. I hear Noctua are most likely the best at air coolers.

Let us know how you get on and Im always ready for questions.