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Originally Posted by vkvkvvk View Post

Nope, selling locally online from where I am from.
I also did notice having too many HDDs slow down my boot time even though I am using SSD for OS.

If your boot time is slower with more drives, it might be a S.M.A.R.T. failure or other BIOS check responsible or it could be your configuration. Note that more drives doesn't necessarily always equal longer boot times.

I run 6 drives all on the same SATA controller and boot time is no longer than with my OS SSD in solo boot.
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So yeah I went all out and decided to buy a 980ti. Isn't she beautiful in this case 😍😍
Also got a ROG swift and wow just as amazing.
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ok this is going to be the final version of "RIP" the 540 open air! still got alittle wirings and the loose ends to tie up and clean my fingerprints , add water and cross fingers.






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Originally Posted by orlfman View Post

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my 540! just got it to replace my haf xb evo. wanted something with more room... so far i love it. debating whether or not to use 2x 140mm fans in the front or go with 3x 120mm fans.

H110i GT the cooler ? Also noticed you hadn't installed the USB corsair link rolleyes.gif
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Hey Overclock
Its been a while but I'm back because I'm in need of some help.

TLDR checkpoint below

I have recently been upgrading my main PC, which unfortunately doesn't have any build documentation.
It's a silverstone TJ09 case, EATX z68 FTW EVGA board with a trusty old 2600K cpu. I just upgraded the GPU to an evga 960 4GB and removed my nickel plated brass zalman air cooler for the newest NZXT 280mm closed loop cooler. I bought the 280mm radiator because I figured I could fabricate whatever I needed to make it mount to a case that only accepts 120mm fans.

I found a couple 120->140 poly adapters on amazon and figured I was golden.
Many problems followed thereafter, for instance the plastic adapters silverstone made for the top vent in the TJ09 would have to be cut to accept the poly adapters which I deemed more work than it was worth. That thought brought my attention to the mid mounted graphics card fan in the case. Pic for those not familiar with this old case, this is what I have been dealing with for the past few years.

I reverse mounted a poly adapter to this side of that fan so that it accepted a 140 to the inside. I mounted the radiator to the poly adapter. (I had to drill some holes through the inside of the housing to mount the rad) But ended up with a fairly nice looking vertical mounted ram-air radiator. I stuffed some dynamat around the poly adapter to keep it quiet and called it good enough at 6am or so..

Then I bought some of those new internally sealed af14s to replace the NZXT rad fans.

When I start buttoning it up, I noticed that the motherboards power and sata connections started butting against the board side of the radiator. Not to mention the stress on the fluid lines, the absolute cable disaster that has grown to this point.. So all of a sudden I was in the market for a new case.



Dang sorry about the content, getting to the point...

I can't say I'm happy to leave behind the TJ09, the build quality of this case is 10/10. However it's a living dinosaur.

Physically actuating power and reset switches, no ssd mounts, fully featured pop-up front panel complete with USB 2.0 and 1394, 5 120mm fan mounts, 3mm clearance behind the back panel for smashing cable management!
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You could literally run this over with a car before plugging it in and resuming your game.

TL:DR Checkpoint

Anyways, it's trash now. (Anyone looking to buy?) Searched for a day before finding the air 540. Again I'm behind the times but at least this time it's feature rich. It was an instant buy after looking at Lian Li, Silverstone, Fractal, and CaseLabs. I'm a lover of quality of build materials but in this instance I'm happy to settle with Corsair.

I'm going to need to put away all my 120 gentle typhoons which is fine, buy some more a14 2000s.. Leave my lamptron fan controller behind.. That's fine.

What I can't do is get rid of my platter drives because I have one SSD and 3 platters that are all in full use.

I've been looking for about 3 hours now in to ways to expand the 3.5" space in this case, including some posts in this thread. My favorite method so far has been to acquire a 5.25 hotswap bay and use it in the 5.25 cage. LINK One post in this thread cut a hole below the factory 5.25 hole and moved the cage.

So I started looking in to bays such as:
the ICYDOCK MB973SP-1B
the EverCool Dual 5.25 3.5 cooling box
the Kingswin KF-1000-BK
or my current favorite, the iStarUSA 5.25-3.5 cage

The iStar is my favorite because I want one with active cooling for that back compartment.

Does anyone have recommendations for actively cooled hard drive bays? I'm in the market. It doesn't need to be hot swappable. Just quality. A full sized 80mm fan would be nice instead of the 15mm thick fans I've been seeing. Dual fans would be better... I just don't know where to look anymore.

Next issue, the 5.25 cage. I need the entirety of the one that's coming with my case for an ODD and an audio interface. I looked everywhere online for an extra and had no luck. It's nearly 9am which is when Corsair live chat comes online so I'm going to contact them to see if I can get a part that isn't listed on their website. My guess is that I will be denied.

Does anyone have the 5.25 cage laying around? I would love to buy it.

So, my plan is to acquire an additional cage and cut out some space on the front panel of the case. Then I'll mount my hotswap bays to the front and be happy with the additional intake and drive space.

What do you guys think? Could I manage this without getting ahold of another 5.25 odd cage?

My PSU is a Silverstone Strider 1200 Gold, it exhausts out the rear btw, so I picked up all new Silverstone PP-06 series fully sleeved cables. Along with their CP11 low profile SATA cables... so I have it. Replacing my 5 year old wiring harness is probably a good idea at this point. Next time I upgrade I'll be looking at a dual socket E-ATX.
Should be a sweet swap, I get the case tomorrow so I'll get some pictures posted soon.

Edit- Oh I forgot to add. I have also been searching for ways to vent the back compartment of the case but have turned up empty handed. Can somebody point me in the right direction to get some airflow back there? Thank you!

Edit2- Contacted Corsair, their RMA process can get me a new cage but purchasing parts is not an option...
Anyone have a busted cage? I'll buy one of those too I guess...
I asked to be contacted by a manager so maybe I'll get some grace there but it's looking very doubtful.

Edit3- Added some pics

Edit4- Still no call from Corsair yet but I did find this 5.25 ODD cage from mountain mods that will probably do the trick, though it's a 3x5.25 instead of the 2x5.25 that I'm looking for... I've been searching this thread for people saying they removed their 5.25 cages to hopefully get another tool-less cage but I'll keep thinking about for now because I dont feel like paying 30 bucks for an oversized piece of scrap metal..

Edit5 - I never got that call from Corsair's support manager. So far that's one thumbs down for Corsair. This being my first Corsair case I was hopeful purchasing a case component would be easy. (Silverstone allows you to purchase ANY piece of any of their cases directly through the support staff...) Guess I'm spoiled? I do not feel respected right now as it stands... mad.gif
Edited by BrooD - 1/27/16 at 8:24pm
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Originally Posted by Phantomas 007 View Post

H110i GT the cooler ? Also noticed you hadn't installed the USB corsair link rolleyes.gif

yeah its the h110i gt. i didn't bother installing the corsair link since i don't need it, nor want it. my fans (pwm) connect directly to my motherboard and are controlled by my motherboards pwm settings.

don't need fancy software running in the background to do that for me.
Edited by orlfman - 1/27/16 at 9:41am
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Originally Posted by JunkaDK View Post

I ordered filters and should be getting it Next week 😊 I have The h110i GT 😊 Very pleased with it . See here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/QDYrxr

How are the radiator fans being controlled here? I can't really tell from the pics, but are they plugged into the header block?
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How are the radiator fans being controlled here? I can't really tell from the pics, but are they plugged into the header block?

They are connected to the fan splitter that comes out from the CPU block and controlled through Corsair LINK software smile.gif
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Hey Overclock

I realize my first post was a bit excessive, apologies for that but I love this kind of work and I'm stoked to get started on my new case. This post probably will be no different so just a heads up, this post is for planning my design and is the first "thinking on paper" I have done. Speaking of the case! It arrived today! It wasn't ten minutes after it entered my door that I had it tore apart.. Notice the fans are not visible. That's because they are already in the trash.

But now that I have had a chance to look it over I have got some issues with it. If you haven't seen Kier's 540 on Corsair's forums I suggest you drop everything to check it out right now,LINKY, but I'm thinking if you're here there's good chance you already know what I'm talking about.
Kier gave me a lot of inspiration for my concerns with the construction of the case because as I expected the case is made, material wise, as cheap as possible.

Design disagreements:
-Low structural integrity
-Low case alloy quality
-Construction design and material lends to amplification of resonant frequencies, low amounts of heat transfer between compartments, and misguided air flow that seeps in between cracks of the case walls.

Without the screws, fascia, 5.25 bay, plastic trim, fans, filter and rubber grommets this thing weighs somewhere between 5 and 10 pounds. The aluminum drive cages in my TJ09 weigh five pounds a piece haha. Structure reinforcements in the Air 540 are rarely made with additional parts here, usually it's been done by riveting down folding edges. In fact the compartment divider is only riveted on one side of the case. In doing so they basically made an acoustic drum. Another two braces on the opposite side would have made me happier. I'm not unhappy with the material quality but I am unhappy that they didn't design around the materials shortcomings. Tapping on the top makes the whole thing buzzzz, I'm thinking that if I mount as many fans to this as I plan to, that it's going to pick up a resonant frequency and amplify the sound produced by the internals.. Not only that, but I will not have my case be a drum. I have a good deal of dynamat left from another project... I think I'll use it here.

Additionally once I move my 3.5" drives to an additional 5.25 drive bay, the "drive cooling vents" that allow dust seepage and obstruct air flow to my GPU needs to be dealt with. Because I'm nowhere near my families shop right now, I'm going to follow Kier's design and line the motherboard compartment in aluminum, everything except the back panel but I won't be able to bend thick aluminum like I need it. I've got a little 30 pound tabletop vice grip here and I just ordered some .5mm thick aluminum to start mocking up the design. Like I said, I sadly don't have the means to fold 1.5mm alloy so I went ahead and got some quality half mil structural alloy 6062 which will be easy to bend. I'll mock the lining in the half mil alloy and cut thicker pieces to line that to achieve roughly the same mass. I want to line the MB tray with some thicker 7075 just because... space man. I might try getting it mirrored, I haven't decided yet. All I know is the floor of Kier's design is beautiful. I was thinking that it might be cool to just cut the bottom of the case out and drill holes for a 140 intake directly to the GPUs intake. But that is thinking along the lines of keeping an air cooled card... which after spending all this money, I'm having second thoughts.

Anyways, after lining the main compartment with aluminum and dynamat I also want to remove the 2.5" drive cage which obstructs the vent on the back and follow Kier's once again with his ssd and fan control back panel. Since this will be covering the exposed cpu backside I want to make it removable, I didn't have the means to thread aluminum so I got a nice rivet gun otw that can do snaps and nuts. Deal, I said. I've been too busy to think about that but it'll come up when I draw some plans in a bit. Adding a chunk of 7075 here will be a great way to keep heat out of the drive compartment while also concealing cables crammed in to my second 5.25 bay and adding rigidity to my case. All wins in my book. I had fleeting thoughts last night of a fan mounted here pointed at the back of the motherboard. That probably won't make it in to the final product though.

After the metal fabrication I'll need to clean up the carnaged aluminum. I have some super high quality carbon black spray paint that should look really nice, once I have everything colored I'll put it all back together, save the SSD mount, and seal it with 3M electrical grade enamel spray... Stuff was expensive! Anyways, it coats thick like lacquer and I think that it plus the dynamat will seal up all my unwanted air seepage. I still need to wait to acquire a spare 5.25 drive cage from somebody before I cut the fascia, until then I'll leave the flawless plastic alone.

The only thing that's actually worrying me about this project is getting my hands on an additional 540 drive cage and cutting that plastic. Without a CNC I just know I'll mess it up and when I do, no amount of sanding and polishing will fix it. But I'll deal with that when it comes.

So that's my plan. I'm going to sum it up because I haven't even written a list for myself yet so the plan is definitely prone to change.

-Cut an additional 5.25 window for the front panel.
-Cut out cheap 140 fan mounts and obstructing 120 mounts from all air ports
-Modify(Cut) bent 3.5 tray framing from the base to prepare for some pending changes
-Line motherboard with 1.5mm 7075 aluminum alloy-Cut and prep cable access-Line that with dynamat
-Line base in .5mm 6062 and reinforce with 1.5mm 6062-Decide on an additional intake-Line that with dynamat
-Line front panel in .5mm 6062-Cut and prep intake port-Line that with dynamat
-Line the top panel in .5mm 6062-Cut and prep exhaust port-Line that with dynamat
-Fab a heat shield/SSD mounting plate for the drive compartment with 1.5mm 7075-Rivet some threads to the shield and test fit
-Paint it black
-Seal it clear
-Drill and rivet down the liners
-Cut the fascia, cry because of my shaky hands.

I'm literally off to the drawing board. I post some liner designs when I finish up.
Cheers OC
Edited by BrooD - 1/29/16 at 9:27pm
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Originally Posted by BrooD View Post

Hey Overclock

I realize my first post was a bit excessive Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
, apologies for that but I love this kind of work and I'm stoked to get started on my new case. This post probably will be no different so just a heads up, this post is for planning my design and is the first "thinking on paper" I have done. Speaking of the case! It arrived today! It wasn't ten minutes after it entered my door that I had it tore apart.. Notice the fans are not visible. That's because they are already in the trash.

But now that I have had a chance to look it over I have got some issues with it. If you haven't seen Kier's 540 on Corsair's forums I suggest you drop everything to check it out right now,LINKY, but I'm thinking if you're here there's good chance you already know what I'm talking about.
Kier gave me a lot of inspiration for my concerns with the construction of the case because as I expected the case is made, material wise, as cheap as possible.

Design disagreements:
-Low structural integrity
-Low case alloy quality
-Construction design and material lends to amplification of resonant frequencies, low amounts of heat transfer between compartments, and misguided air flow that seeps in between cracks of the case walls.

Without the screws, fascia, 5.25 bay, plastic trim, fans, filter and rubber grommets this thing weighs somewhere between 5 and 10 pounds. The aluminum drive cages in my TJ09 weigh five pounds a piece haha. Structure reinforcements in the Air 540 are rarely made with additional parts here, usually it's been done by riveting down folding edges. In fact the compartment divider is only riveted on one side of the case. In doing so they basically made an acoustic drum. Another two braces on the opposite side would have made me happier. I'm not unhappy with the material quality but I am unhappy that they didn't design around the materials shortcomings. Tapping on the top makes the whole thing buzzzz, I'm thinking that if I mount as many fans to this as I plan to, that it's going to pick up a resonant frequency and amplify the sound produced by the internals.. Not only that, but I will not have my case be a drum. I have a good deal of dynamat left from another project... I think I'll use it here.

Additionally once I move my 3.5" drives to an additional 5.25 drive bay, the "drive cooling vents" that allow dust seepage and obstruct air flow to my GPU needs to be dealt with. Because I'm nowhere near my families shop right now, I'm going to follow Kier's design and line the motherboard compartment in aluminum, everything except the back panel but I won't be able to bend thick aluminum like I need it. I've got a little 30 pound tabletop vice grip here and I just ordered some .5mm thick aluminum to start mocking up the design. Like I said, I sadly don't have the means to fold 1.5mm alloy so I went ahead and got some quality half mil structural alloy 6062 which will be easy to bend. I'll mock the lining in the half mil alloy and cut thicker pieces to line that to achieve roughly the same mass. I want to line the MB tray with some thicker 7075 just because... space man. I might try getting it mirrored, I haven't decided yet. All I know is the floor of Kier's design is beautiful. I was thinking that it might be cool to just cut the bottom of the case out and drill holes for a 140 intake directly to the GPUs intake. But that is thinking along the lines of keeping an air cooled card... which after spending all this money, I'm having second thoughts.

Anyways, after lining the main compartment with aluminum and dynamat I also want to remove the 2.5" drive cage which obstructs the vent on the back and follow Kier's once again with his ssd and fan control back panel. Since this will be covering the exposed cpu backside I want to make it removable, I didn't have the means to thread aluminum so I got a nice rivet gun otw that can do snaps and nuts. Deal, I said. I've been too busy to think about that but it'll come up when I draw some plans in a bit. Adding a chunk of 7075 here will be a great way to keep heat out of the drive compartment while also concealing cables crammed in to my second 5.25 bay and adding rigidity to my case. All wins in my book. I had fleeting thoughts last night of a fan mounted here pointed at the back of the motherboard. That probably won't make it in to the final product though.

After the metal fabrication I'll need to clean up the carnaged aluminum. I have some super high quality carbon black spray paint that should look really nice, once I have everything colored I'll put it all back together, save the SSD mount, and seal it with 3M electrical grade enamel spray... Stuff was expensive! Anyways, it coats thick like lacquer and I think that it plus the dynamat will seal up all my unwanted air seepage. I still need to wait to acquire a spare 5.25 drive cage from somebody before I cut the fascia, until then I'll leave the flawless plastic alone.

The only thing that's actually worrying me about this project is getting my hands on an additional 540 drive cage and cutting that plastic. Without a CNC I just know I'll mess it up and when I do, no amount of sanding and polishing will fix it. But I'll deal with that when it comes.

So that's my plan. I'm going to sum it up because I haven't even written a list for myself yet so the plan is definitely prone to change.

-Cut an additional 5.25 window for the front panel.
-Cut out cheap 140 fan mounts and obstructing 120 mounts from all air ports
-Modify(Cut) bent 3.5 tray framing from the base to prepare for some pending changes
-Line motherboard with 1.5mm 7075 aluminum alloy-Cut and prep cable access-Line that with dynamat
-Line base in .5mm 6062 and reinforce with 1.5mm 6062-Decide on an additional intake-Line that with dynamat
-Line front panel in .5mm 6062-Cut and prep intake port-Line that with dynamat
-Line the top panel in .5mm 6062-Cut and prep exhaust port-Line that with dynamat
-Fab a heat shield/SSD mounting plate for the drive compartment with 1.5mm 7075-Rivet some threads to the shield and test fit
-Paint it black
-Seal it clear
-Drill and rivet down the liners
-Cut the fascia, cry because of my shaky hands.

I'm literally off to the drawing board. I post some liner designs when I finish up.
Cheers OC

You should start a build log for this.
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