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Well.. Finally finished..

by Dweller7777



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

86.0° C


First time piecing one together since 2007 - figured it was time. That radiator was a pain to install - the videos make it look so simple! I was going to install it as pull/exhaust, but decided to install it in push/intake as recommended in the manual. Had to orient the hoses towards the front of the case to avoid any clearance issues with the rear fan.

I think I made a mistake applying the IC Diamond paste because temperatures are a little on the high side (around 80C) under load. It's overclocked to 4.6GHz stable.

The 780 Ti runs like a champ and overclocks very well. Able to get it to an offset of +131 on the GPU and +300 on the memory. It boosts to 1241MHz at around 86C, fan at around 80%.

Overall, the system isn't loud at all. It's tolerable. Full load it's about 45dBa at my normal sitting position. My refrigerator makes more noise.

3DMark Vantage - 44989 3DMark11 - P14654 Fire Strike - 11451 Heaven Extreme (8xAA, 1080p) - 69.6fps, 1752 Valley Extreme (8xAA, 1080p) - 77.1fps, 3226

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RyneSmith 7 Builds 3 points 47 months ago

Welcome to the Air 540 club!

Dweller7777 submitter 2 Builds 3 points 47 months ago

Glad to be here! Love this case. It was either this or the 750D.. but I decided I wanted something different..

illinklined 2 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

gskill ram any good...never liked the look of those dimms and that name is well...anyways awesome build love the 540 design. Was it easy to build in?

Dweller7777 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

The RAM is solid. I'm not going to be overclocking or overvolting it, and it was on sale. I was trying to go for a red-theme, but as you can see the giant green GEFORCE GTX logo kinda ruined that.. lol Besides.. I've never been one for flashy lights. I want all my light to come from my monitor. :)

The Air 540 is a pleasure to build in. Cable management is done by default.

illinklined 2 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

So many modders have to change out leds to suit their builds and usually that means cracking cards open. Manufactures should supply multi leds or none at all. My 760 lights up blue around the 100mm fans kinda annoying.

SrgtMacfly 1 point 47 months ago

Very nice build! I really like all the selections of the parts!

Hakumisoso 2 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

780 ti ho!

TNTrocks123 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

how are able to put cd's in sideways???

SrgtMacfly 1 point 47 months ago

If you pay close attention there are slots where the CD rests when the case is sideways, doesnt matter the CD drive either, they all have it

Zequill 1 point 47 months ago

+1 Very nice build. Every time I see one of these Air 540 build I get more and more jealous, but my Define R4 is serving me well so no reason to swap yet.

rakenrol14 1 point 47 months ago

hey bro, can you upload a few more pics of your keyboard (lights on and lights off) please? thanks!

18hockey 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Godammit all these 780 Ti builds are making me wish I hadn't bought so many games on steam and saved up.

edit: nice build too, completely forgot to mention that.

ImElkay 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Really awesome build. Mine will be similar, but I will get the 780. I cannot splurge the extra 200$ although I wish I could.

jvagle875 1 point 47 months ago

You may have applied the thermal paste incorrectly, another option is your mounting of the h100i may not be great. I had that issue a previous build. Try remounting it making sure to get adequate pressure. Just my two cents.. Nice build! Love the Air 540.

Dweller7777 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Yeah, something's up.. I re-applied the paste but get the same result. In the mean time I put the CPU back to stock and am gonna try again another time. Overclocking the CPU really isn't much benefit to me right now.

Any good sites or guides on how to properly install the fans and radiator on the H110? It feels like some of the air is escaping out the top of the case..

canders 7 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Seeing more and more 540 builds. Looks nice. Wondering why you have your HDD and SSD in the main compartment. Aren't there racks behind the motherboard tray for your drives?

muellerdillon 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

+1 for the air 540 and great specs, however i would be extremely uncomfortable with that temp of 80c, i would be redoing the thermal paste, but that is technically within the processors limits, so "to each his own." I would be freaking out lol XD

zebbeh1 1 point 13 months ago

Great build, can't wait to build in a 540 with the same graphics card. How's the inside of the case, any dust problems so far?

Dweller7777 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

None so far. I've built it so the case pressure is slightly negative (two intakes, three exhaust), and still few dust issues. The case does have a dust filter on the intake fans.

And I did use an Air 540 in the past - loved it. Just remember that it doesn't include a top-fan dust filter. The Air 740 is actually looking pretty good to me right now.. just trying to get away from cliche Corsair parts.. everyone seems to use em...

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