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This is my gaming PC. I've tinkered with it for about 6 months now and it's now where I want it to be. My goal was to build a quiet, powerful gaming rig capable of 1080p gaming at max settings in every game while not having to spend 4-5k on parts. This is close, very close. The CPU is overclocked to 4.2 GHZ and kept nicely cool and quiet by the Corsair H100i and 2 120mm beQuiet fans. I replaced all of the Air 540's case fans with beQuiet Pure Wings 2 fans. They all offer great airflow with minimal noise and don't break the bank like Noctuas. Also, they're all black, which is what I wanted, something Noctua does not offer apparently.

The video card is the noisiest component in the system. While I wanted to get an Asus Strix 970, they were not available when I was ordering so I settled for the Gigabyte G1 gaming. While it's a great card, the noise level is a bit high under load. It's a compromise I can deal with though as I mainly use my headset while gaming anyway.

My favorite part of the build is the case. The Corsair Air 540 is an amazing case to work with and build in. Cable management could not be easier and the amount of airflow across your parts is awesome. I have two 140mm intake fans in the front, one 140mm intake in the back and two 120mm exhaust mounted to the Corsair H100i radiator. All are controlled by Asus' AI Suite 3 software for minimal noise. The only downside to this config is warmer air flowing through your radiator, however temps on the CPU only reach around 60c under full load and overclocked.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful rig man, I love fellow air builds. And thats an interesting fan set up..fresh air coming in from both sides and exhausting out the top, seems really efficient I may want to configure mine like that!

What voltage did you use to get to 4.2ghz btw? And any plans to oc your gpu? +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

CPU is at 1.20v for 4.2Ghz and the extra performance is noticeable for the x264 video encodes I do.

I've oced the the GPU before just for fun but started getting artifacts so I'm just running stock. The oc didn't help too much with fps, not that I could notice anyway. It did boost benchmark scores a bit though. Having the G-Sync monitor helps a ton in low fps situations.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful rig....as for the hot air through the aio....why not mount in a push/pull in the front so your pulling cool air through the rad and mount 2 x 120/140mm fans on top for exhaust

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Sanitarium is right, the g1 cards are freakishly long. At best, he could do a pull or push config, unfortunately not both.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Good point. If 2 of those equate to 1 standard size fan, then it does seem doable.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

standard is 25mm both of those are 15mm thick...so essentially it may very well be doable. I looked at several other air 240 builds specifically in white and a few people have the Gigabyte 970 (which pcpp says is incompatible by the way) in them with a pull or push config with standard fans. Personally looking at those I believe it's doable. I know I'm gonna try my damnedest to make it work when I do my build. I'm trying to see if Asus is gonna put out that x99 Gryphon they have been hinting at before I pull the trigger.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't wait to see the results, man! Good luck with the build!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Clearance issue with the graphics card.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the build but I think it's weird that you have a soundcard (They're usually not a good purchase) and a $200 mobo, got 1866 ram and spent more than twice as much as a 2400 kit, and got an air optimized case for a silent build. Not to hate or be mean (I really try not to) but I would have went with a fractal design r4 or a be quiet base 800. Both of those cases are larger, and have excellent airflow (idk about the be quiet! one but the define r4 has really good airflow) but the picture you posted looks like you have enough room to fit them.

Note: please get the thing off the carpet:) it's really bad for a high airflow build because it sucks up so much fibers from the carpet and maybe even cat hair (idk if you have a cat).

source: I watch a-lot of YouTube reviews, so i'm not the most reliable source by a long shot but I think I'm in the ballpark of correct :D