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[Build Log] Water cooled Corsair Carbide Series Air 540

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Welcome to my build log smile.gif

The project was completed in June and July 2013, it was one of the first builds in the world (not counting factory/demo builds) with custom water cooling loop in Corsair Carbide Series Air 540.

At some point I was planing to change a few things (cable sleeving, the color of the case), but as I became a father smile.gif I had to slow down on my PC/modding hobby. I will be back, but most probably it will be completely new build.
Currently I have my HW in Fractal Design R4 case (all air cooled), water cooling parts waiting patiently for comeback wink.gif

UPDATES:

PICTURES OF FINISHED BUILD


HW LIST:

Case:
  • Corsair Carbide Series Air 540, modded front and bottom
Core HW:
  • Good old i5-750 OC-ed to 4.2Ghz 1.36V
  • ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe
  • Kingston Genesis 4 x 4Gb @1600
  • GTX 670 Asus Direct CU II 2GB @ stock
  • SAMSUNG 830 Series 128GB x 2
  • Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200 RPM
  • ASUS Xonar DX
Water cooling:
  • Koolance CPU-380I Water Block
  • EK-FC670 GTX DCII - Acetal+Nickel + EK-FC680 GTX DCII Backplate - Black
  • 3 x Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 240mm
  • Swiftech MCP655-PWM-DRIVE
  • XSPC Tank Reservoir - Laing D5 / MCP655 w/ Blue LED Light - Acrylic
  • Bitspower black matte fittings 16/10mm (3/8 5/8")
  • Masterkleer 16/10mm (3/8 5/8") UV blue
  • Deionized water plus Mayhem's biocide
Fans:
  • Corsair SP120 x 12
  • Corsair AF140 x 1
Misc:
  • Phobya 4Pin Molex to 6x 3Pin Fan Splitter PCB x 3
  • Bitfenix Alchemy led strip white 60cm x 2
The rest:
  • Dell 2209WA monitor 22 inches, 1680 x 1050 (16:10)
  • SteelSeries Xai Laser mouse
  • SteelSeries 6GV2 keyboard
  • Sennheiser HD 380 Pro

Edited by Gleniu - 6/13/14 at 4:40am
   
My first LC build
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 ASUS - P7P55D-E Premium GTX 670 direct CU Kingston Genesis 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 custom water loop windows 7 64 Ultimate Dell 2209WA 22 inch 1680x1050 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
steelseries corsair 760i Corsair 540 air steelseries xai 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries asus 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 ASUS - P7P55D-E Premium GTX 670 direct CU Kingston Genesis 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 custom water loop windows 7 home premium Dell 2209WA 22 inch 1680x1050 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
steelseries corsair 760i Bench made out of very old PC case - modded and... steelseries xai 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries asus 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 ASUS - P7P55D-E Premium GTX 670 direct CU Kingston Genesis 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 custom water loop windows 7 home premium Dell 2209WA 22 inch 1680x1050 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
steelseries corsair 760i CM 690 II adv steelseries xai 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries asus 
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My first LC build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 ASUS - P7P55D-E Premium GTX 670 direct CU Kingston Genesis 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 custom water loop windows 7 64 Ultimate Dell 2209WA 22 inch 1680x1050 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
steelseries corsair 760i Corsair 540 air steelseries xai 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries asus 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 ASUS - P7P55D-E Premium GTX 670 direct CU Kingston Genesis 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 custom water loop windows 7 home premium Dell 2209WA 22 inch 1680x1050 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
steelseries corsair 760i Bench made out of very old PC case - modded and... steelseries xai 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries asus 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 ASUS - P7P55D-E Premium GTX 670 direct CU Kingston Genesis 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 custom water loop windows 7 home premium Dell 2209WA 22 inch 1680x1050 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
steelseries corsair 760i CM 690 II adv steelseries xai 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries asus 
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Corsair 540 Air 'Slim triplets' smile.gif



















Edited by Gleniu - 10/4/13 at 4:52am
   
My first LC build
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 ASUS - P7P55D-E Premium GTX 670 direct CU Kingston Genesis 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 custom water loop windows 7 64 Ultimate Dell 2209WA 22 inch 1680x1050 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
steelseries corsair 760i Corsair 540 air steelseries xai 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries asus 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 ASUS - P7P55D-E Premium GTX 670 direct CU Kingston Genesis 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 custom water loop windows 7 home premium Dell 2209WA 22 inch 1680x1050 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
steelseries corsair 760i Bench made out of very old PC case - modded and... steelseries xai 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries asus 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 ASUS - P7P55D-E Premium GTX 670 direct CU Kingston Genesis 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 custom water loop windows 7 home premium Dell 2209WA 22 inch 1680x1050 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
steelseries corsair 760i CM 690 II adv steelseries xai 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries asus 
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My first LC build
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 ASUS - P7P55D-E Premium GTX 670 direct CU Kingston Genesis 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 custom water loop windows 7 64 Ultimate Dell 2209WA 22 inch 1680x1050 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
steelseries corsair 760i Corsair 540 air steelseries xai 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries asus 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 ASUS - P7P55D-E Premium GTX 670 direct CU Kingston Genesis 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 custom water loop windows 7 home premium Dell 2209WA 22 inch 1680x1050 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
steelseries corsair 760i Bench made out of very old PC case - modded and... steelseries xai 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries asus 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 ASUS - P7P55D-E Premium GTX 670 direct CU Kingston Genesis 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 custom water loop windows 7 home premium Dell 2209WA 22 inch 1680x1050 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
steelseries corsair 760i CM 690 II adv steelseries xai 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries asus 
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Subbed. I want to see what this case can do before I get one. Good Luck.
ASUS
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8320 SABERTOOTH 990FX Shappire 7950 8GB G. Skill at 1600 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
120 GB Sandisc Extreme 1 TB Hitachi DeskStar 1 TB Seagate Barracuda 128 GB Samsung 840 Pro 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingOS
ASUS DVD Burner Antec Kuhler H2O 620 With 2 Scythe SlipStream F... 8 Case Fans| 4 ThermalTake Blue Leds, 4 Scythe ... Windows 7 Pro 64bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
ASUS 23.5" 1080P  X-Star 27" 110hz PLS 1440P LogiTech Slim 750W OCZ ZS Series 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Thermaltake Armor A60 Thermaltake Theroen ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Kenwood KC-993 Setero Control AMP 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Kenwood KM-993 Setero Power AMP Kenwood DP-M993 Mutiple Compact Disc Player Kenwood KT-593 AM-FM Setero Tuner Kenwood Cassette Player 
Other
NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller 
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AMD FX-8320 SABERTOOTH 990FX Shappire 7950 8GB G. Skill at 1600 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
120 GB Sandisc Extreme 1 TB Hitachi DeskStar 1 TB Seagate Barracuda 128 GB Samsung 840 Pro 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingOS
ASUS DVD Burner Antec Kuhler H2O 620 With 2 Scythe SlipStream F... 8 Case Fans| 4 ThermalTake Blue Leds, 4 Scythe ... Windows 7 Pro 64bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
ASUS 23.5" 1080P  X-Star 27" 110hz PLS 1440P LogiTech Slim 750W OCZ ZS Series 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Thermaltake Armor A60 Thermaltake Theroen ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Kenwood KC-993 Setero Control AMP 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Kenwood KM-993 Setero Power AMP Kenwood DP-M993 Mutiple Compact Disc Player Kenwood KT-593 AM-FM Setero Tuner Kenwood Cassette Player 
Other
NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller 
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My 540 coming friday. Subbed
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 3750k ASRock z77 Extreme 4 gtx 780 8gb AVEXIR 1886 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Corsair Nuetron GTX Wester Digital Green 1tb Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 64 bit 
MonitorPowerCaseOther
Shimain Achieva 27' 2560x1440 IPS display KingWin 850w 80 platinum Corsair 540 Air 1000w Automatic Voltage Regulator 
OtherOther
tp-link 3 x Phanteks F-140TS 140mm Fans (white) 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Intel Celeron G1840 MSI B85M-G43 Micro ATX High Performance CF Inte... Team Elite 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC... Seagate NAS 3tb 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
Western Digital 2tb Seagate 1tb PNY XLR 120gb SSD Windows 8.1 
PowerCaseAudio
Thermaltake 550w Fractal Designs Node 804 Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors and Altec Lans... 
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Core i5 3750k ASRock z77 Extreme 4 gtx 780 8gb AVEXIR 1886 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Corsair Nuetron GTX Wester Digital Green 1tb Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 64 bit 
MonitorPowerCaseOther
Shimain Achieva 27' 2560x1440 IPS display KingWin 850w 80 platinum Corsair 540 Air 1000w Automatic Voltage Regulator 
OtherOther
tp-link 3 x Phanteks F-140TS 140mm Fans (white) 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Intel Celeron G1840 MSI B85M-G43 Micro ATX High Performance CF Inte... Team Elite 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC... Seagate NAS 3tb 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
Western Digital 2tb Seagate 1tb PNY XLR 120gb SSD Windows 8.1 
PowerCaseAudio
Thermaltake 550w Fractal Designs Node 804 Alesis Elevate 3 Studio Monitors and Altec Lans... 
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Originally Posted by AstralReaper View Post

Subbed. I want to see what this case can do before I get one. Good Luck.
This!!!!!!!
Apophis
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Core i7 920 D0@ 4.2 1.25625 vcore EVGA Classified 760 EVGA GTX 470 SC+ EVGA GTX 470 SC+ 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair Dominator GT 1866 3x2 gbs 1TB Samsung Spinpoint Lite-On DVD drive EK Supreme LTX Water Block 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK EVGA Classified Full Motherboard Block EK GTX 470 Acetal/Copper Water Block EK GTX 470 Acetal/Copper Water Block Winows 7 PRO 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung ToC 24" Razer Black Widow Seasonic Platinum 1000 watt CoolerMaster HAF 932 
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Logitech G5 
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Core i7 920 D0@ 4.2 1.25625 vcore EVGA Classified 760 EVGA GTX 470 SC+ EVGA GTX 470 SC+ 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair Dominator GT 1866 3x2 gbs 1TB Samsung Spinpoint Lite-On DVD drive EK Supreme LTX Water Block 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK EVGA Classified Full Motherboard Block EK GTX 470 Acetal/Copper Water Block EK GTX 470 Acetal/Copper Water Block Winows 7 PRO 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung ToC 24" Razer Black Widow Seasonic Platinum 1000 watt CoolerMaster HAF 932 
Mouse
Logitech G5 
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Mine also is comming Friday ^^
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/subbed.
happy modding.
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ph2 x20be asus m4a785-m sapphire vapor-x 4850  geil black dragon 1066 5-5-5-15-20 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
wd  asus dvd multi-write arctic cooling freezer 64 pro win 7 ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
samsung 42" lcd logitech wireless antec basic 500watt old dell crap 
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ph2 x20be asus m4a785-m sapphire vapor-x 4850  geil black dragon 1066 5-5-5-15-20 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
wd  asus dvd multi-write arctic cooling freezer 64 pro win 7 ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
samsung 42" lcd logitech wireless antec basic 500watt old dell crap 
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logitech wireless pioneer 7.1 
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Mine also is comming Friday ^^
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Lucky guys! Mine won't be here till atleast Monday cause I live in MA.
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The BOX biggrin.gif






   
My first LC build
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 ASUS - P7P55D-E Premium GTX 670 direct CU Kingston Genesis 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 custom water loop windows 7 64 Ultimate Dell 2209WA 22 inch 1680x1050 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
steelseries corsair 760i Corsair 540 air steelseries xai 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries asus 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 ASUS - P7P55D-E Premium GTX 670 direct CU Kingston Genesis 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 custom water loop windows 7 home premium Dell 2209WA 22 inch 1680x1050 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
steelseries corsair 760i Bench made out of very old PC case - modded and... steelseries xai 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries asus 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 ASUS - P7P55D-E Premium GTX 670 direct CU Kingston Genesis 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 custom water loop windows 7 home premium Dell 2209WA 22 inch 1680x1050 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
steelseries corsair 760i CM 690 II adv steelseries xai 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries asus 
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Reply
   
My first LC build
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 ASUS - P7P55D-E Premium GTX 670 direct CU Kingston Genesis 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 custom water loop windows 7 64 Ultimate Dell 2209WA 22 inch 1680x1050 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
steelseries corsair 760i Corsair 540 air steelseries xai 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries asus 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 ASUS - P7P55D-E Premium GTX 670 direct CU Kingston Genesis 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 custom water loop windows 7 home premium Dell 2209WA 22 inch 1680x1050 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
steelseries corsair 760i Bench made out of very old PC case - modded and... steelseries xai 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries asus 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 ASUS - P7P55D-E Premium GTX 670 direct CU Kingston Genesis 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 custom water loop windows 7 home premium Dell 2209WA 22 inch 1680x1050 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
steelseries corsair 760i CM 690 II adv steelseries xai 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries asus 
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Damn...the box looks damaged! Hope the case is in pristine condition.
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