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Originally Posted by RedSky86 View Post

My selfmade custom Fan Grills!

Glass bead blast finish

Now it is time to start my Carbide Air 540 Project biggrin.gif

Ya gonna need more info, can't tease us like that lol
post #11722 of 12526
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Originally Posted by boredgunner View Post

You might want more front intake than that. I went with 2x Silverstone AP182 and used a dremel to create mounting points for it. Without modding I'd go with 3x 120mm front fans. As for the bottom, I put a magnetic filter over mine, didn't use duct tape though but sealing it completely is a good idea. It's not going to have a profound effect, will just keep dust out which is good.

I generally consider sealing the bottom just because of dust snd cat hair. That kitty in my avatar is real menace when it comes to dropping hair.

But, good thing you mentioned Silverstone AP182's as I have been looking into them. Howevever, I think they might go a bit too much over acceptable noise. When it comes to Noctua industrial series, 2x140mm provide same airflow as 3x120. 140mm comes a bit higher pressure and lower combined dB, also, 25€ cheaper as they cost around 25€ a piece.

Also, with filtered top I have second intake there if needed. If need arises, might go with bottom fans before 180mm front. 180mm mod in the front is much simpler, however so it is very tempting option too.

E:

@boredgunner, can u share pics of frontfans? So you control them manually? Am I right if I say you drilled new holes in fan frame, instead of new holes in case?

@Works4me, you seem to use AP181 on front. Care to show few more pictures? Do you control them directly from motherboard?
Edited by contay - 2/23/16 at 12:11pm
post #11723 of 12526
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Originally Posted by rck1984 View Post

24-hour Leak-test successful thumb.gif

Assembled my Carbide 540 again today. I had no space anymore to mount my HDD in the front because of the bottom plate i use in my case, neither in the rear anymore because of the pump/ress. So i mounted it in the 5.25 inch drive bay, next to my fan-controller. To give it some breathing room because of the lack of real airflow there, i made a grill that matches the rest of the case.


I think it looks quite good actually! I'm satisfied smile.gif What do you guys think?

Hi rck, great mod indeed!
Just would like to know how did you manage to install the res/pump in the rear of the case. May you post some pictures? What kind of res/pump are you using?

Thank you in advance!!!
Edited by Gup133 - 2/23/16 at 3:15am
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Hi rck, great mod indeed!
Just would like to know how did you manage to install the pump in the rear of the case. May you post some pictures? What kind of pump are you using?

Thank you in advance!!!

Ofcourse, no problem thumb.gif

I'm using a EK XRES 100 DDC MX 3.2 PWM pump/res combo.

Here's a picture of the pump/res installed in the rear of the case while leak-testing with an external PSU, so don't look at the cable mess smile.gif I drilled 2 holes in the bottom of the case and secured the unit that way. Rock-solid, cant go anywhere and doesn't resonate.



Let me/us know if you need more info thumb.gif
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Ofcourse, no problem thumb.gif

I'm using a EK XRES 100 DDC MX 3.2 PWM pump/res combo.

Here's a picture of the pump/res installed in the rear of the case while leak-testing with an external PSU, so don't look at the cable mess smile.gif I drilled 2 holes in the bottom of the case and secured the unit that way. Rock-solid, cant go anywhere and doesn't resonate.



Let me/us know if you need more info thumb.gif

Thank you indeed Rck!thumb.gif
At the moment I'm using the same res/pump (the 140 one) in the other side of the case, just aside the videocard. It suits perfectly, but the management of the mainboard is quite difficult because of the (little) space.
So I'm thinking to install it in the rear but I'm looking for some suggestions, since I'm using 2 rads (one EK XE 240 in the front and une XSPC RX240 in the top) and a gpu block.
Now I will check it, thank you!!!biggrin.gif
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Thank you indeed Rck!thumb.gif
At the moment I'm using the same res/pump (the 140 one) in the other side of the case, just aside the videocard. It suits perfectly, but the management of the mainboard is quite difficult because of the (little) space.
So I'm thinking to install it in the rear but I'm looking for some suggestions, since I'm using 2 rads (one EK XE 240 in the front and une XSPC RX240 in the top) and a gpu block.
Now I will check it, thank you!!!biggrin.gif

No problem.

Another option would be on top of the SSD cage, above the PSU. But in case of a leak you will have it leak right into the PSU, potentially causing major damage to your system.
I figured if i put it on the bottom, even in case of a leak it can't harm that much because the PSU is slightly elevated in the Carbide 540. Therefore fluid can't get directly into it.

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Sorry to say it but after staring at my new 540 for a few days I have decided to return it. It's a beautiful case but it just wont work with what I want to do.
I've decided to do 2 60mm 360 rads and it just cant do it so I am going to the Tt Core X9.

Keep an eye on newegg in the next week if you want an open box Air 540 lol.
     
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Sorry to say it but after staring at my new 540 for a few days I have decided to return it. It's a beautiful case but it just wont work with what I want to do.
I've decided to do 2 60mm 360 rads and it just cant do it so I am going to the Tt Core X9.

Keep an eye on newegg in the next week if you want an open box Air 540 lol.

Ew good luck. I have a 60mm 360 going in the front and a 45mm 280 going in the top. Have fun with your thermaltake.


FYI I almost returned mine after returning a 420 rad, but for some reason they told me they wouldn't honor the warranty anymore?


Edited by BrooD - 2/23/16 at 11:41am
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I've only had mine for a couple days and I have not done anything with it. Just took it out and made a few measurements and back in the box it went.
     
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I lied a little bit; I didn't ever try to return the case... I just liked it too much and everything else out right now just looks and performs like ****. My only problem with this 540 is the height should have been increased 2 inches. Also after over two years, Corsair should sell the fkng parts. And lastly I hate pressed steel. I didn't blow the money on a caselabs or lian li because they are also behind with making compact beast machines. This 540 imo is one of the best case designs I have ever seen. Ah I remembered some more things about it that I dont like... Only one dual 5.25 bay, when theres certainly room for two. That and hard drive positioning...

I took and cut out all of the HDD and SSD mounting options to be replaced with something I will fabricate in... Such as this hot swap bay.


Oh but can't buy a drive bay from Corsair because they're a terrible company. Instead buy some mounts from caselabs and ruin the virginity of your case just to have suitable HDD mounts.. Cool.

Ah this has turned in to a vent session. I'm done. I can't even imagine how pissed off I would end up with cheaper or even more expensive cases...
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