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seems they do ship international.
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Looking good renji, glad to hear your temps are down. What did he use to cut the circle hole out in the window? - Adam
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air540Haswell780tiSLI.jpg
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How are your temps on the cards?

Am I am using all Noctua's too

The temps are much better than I had expected. I ran into issues with the sound card only being able to work right below my 2nd GPU and it did perform a few degress lower with it removed, not enough to warrant removing it though. Most of the air is thrown out horizontally on these cards as opposed to down, got lucky in that respect. If you notice in the picture I added a rubber spacer on top of the right most screw of the sound card to make sure it had a few extra MM of clearance. Sound card is also not being smothered either, feels normal to the touch.

I run all the Noctua fans Maxed out (1400ish RPM give or take), I don't mind the extra noise and I'd rather take the drop in temperatures VS acoustics. After all if I wanted silence I doubt I'd have gone with this case.

I also run both GPU fans at 70% 24/7, same rationale as before.
Running a full set of Air 540 Demci filters (House is dusty) + stock corsair Intake filter.

In: (All games maxed out)

Planetside 2 (running a higher Useroptions.ini profile than what you can do with the in game settings, Mainly 1.4 rendering)
Battlefield 4
Guild Wars 2
Crysis 2
Fire Strike Extreme Results - http://www.3dmark.com/fs/1184781 Score: 9807 @ 4.4ghz on CPU / Mild OC on cards. (I forget exactly, I still havent found 24/7 Stable in all games. Mostly non crash type scenarios just small artifacting) Guessing 150mhz on core and 200-300 on vRam.

So far I usually see the temps around 65c give or take my room temperature. Chicago winter is coming, so that should help. These are still more than acceptable levels though, which is why I chose to wait for the ACX design. Glad that I did. Same temp range for 1 or more runs of Fire Mark Extreme.

My best score so far, but I'm still messing with over clocks and on the newest drivers I noticed my score drop a tad in Firemark. Not worth rolling back as I only use the benchmark to see if my changes are making a difference in a measurable way.

Full specs:

i7-4770k @ 4.4ghz 1.216v H100i Push / Pull
EVGA GTX 780ti SC SLI
Asus Maximus Extreme VI 1002 bios
Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866 - XMP Profile
1 Terabyte Samsung 840 EVO
Corsair AX1200i Power supply
Soundblaster ZXR - Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250ohm Version (Amazing for 150$ Cans)
BenQ 24" 1920x1080p 144hz 1ms Monitor (I prefer higher refresh rates than higher resolutions atm)
I'll be buying a Gsync monitor when they come out.
Most likely buying a Higher res monitor for MMORPGs.

The point of this build was to play everything high enough to cap the 144hz refresh rate. I'm open to try higher res I just havent cared enough to do so yet. Call me crazy but I cant go back to 60hz just yet, 144 is so much better for shooters.

Things I'd change. Well I'd probably re-consider socket 2011 instead of 1150. I'll have to reserve that judgement for broadwell though. As this is only a gaming machine.

Overall I'm extremely happy with it though, I've been having the most fun I've had in gaming. This was a way to treat myself after getting out of the army.

A quick note about Micro stuttering. The only game I am experiencing this in is Planetside 2. I've tried just about everything to fix it, including Nvidia inspector profiles, Higher CPU/GPU over clocks, stock clocks, lane switches, drivers (not much to choose from atm) but it seems to be on their end.

Ofcourse switching SLI off fixes this issue completely.

Everything else runs great, battlefield 4 is extremely fun with these cards in SLI on ultra @ 144hz.
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damn ugly noctua browns ruins the nice black white theme lol

After handling both fans in person I went with the Noctuas. The build quality was better imo. I think their website and rationale attests to that as well. I agree it would look better with all black/red sp 120s but I went with what I thought was the higher quality product.
Edited by Nayr87 - 11/21/13 at 7:39pm
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Results!

It ended up dropping the top cards temps by 5c and bottom by 3c as exhaust, as an intake it dropped the top card by 9c and rose the bottom by 3c, which is perfectly fine and helps alot!

Exhaust max temps at 1280mhz each card and 1.212V 77c top, 60c bottom.

(Window fan mod)

Awesome. I'm considering doing this for my Air 540 as well. Seems simple enough to do.
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Originally Posted by Adam182 View Post

Looking good renji, glad to hear your temps are down. What did he use to cut the circle hole out in the window? - Adam

He used some type of hole saw specially made for putting fan holes into plexi/acryllic etc. they use a punch press for metal side panels though


http://www.mkmorse.com/images/products/TA%20Hole%20Saw_1.jpg

it was circular like that but made out of all metal etc, It worked out really nicely and nothing broke and it looks great once the fan is on.

btw im bad with powertools i just know it looked like that. lol ill ask the guy
Edited by renji1337 - 11/21/13 at 7:38pm
1080ti 3770K
(22 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k @ 4.5ghz Z77X UD3H 1080TI 8gb Trident X 2400MHZ 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 PRO 128GB WD Blue Crucial M4 256Gb Seagate 3TB 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Noctua NH-D14 Windows 8.1 64bit VG248QE QNIX QX2710 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Vizio M492i Ducky Shine 3 EVGA 1300W G2 Corsair Carbide Air 540 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Mionix Avior Puretrak Talent RX 467V/Titanium HD Schiit Magni 
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Samsung 840 PRO 128GB WD Blue Crucial M4 256Gb Seagate 3TB 
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Noctua NH-D14 Windows 8.1 64bit VG248QE QNIX QX2710 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Vizio M492i Ducky Shine 3 EVGA 1300W G2 Corsair Carbide Air 540 
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Originally Posted by Nayr87 View Post

Full specs:

i7-4770k @ 4.4ghz 1.216v H100i Push / Pull
EVGA GTX 780ti SC SLI
Asus Maximus Extreme VI 1002 bios
Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866 - XMP Profile
1 Terabyte Samsung 840 EVO
Corsair AX1200i Power supply
Soundblaster ZXR - Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250ohm Version (Amazing for 150$ Cans)
BenQ 24" 1920x1080p 144hz 1ms Monitor (I prefer higher refresh rates than higher resolutions atm)
I'll be buying a Gsync monitor when they come out.
Most likely buying a Higher res monitor for MMORPGs.

If you want to throw some cash my way, I won't stop you.
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If you want to throw some cash my way, I won't stop you.

Army medical separation ftw.
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Hey guys, been lurking here for a while. I'm looking to pick up a 540 for my build. So far I have a pretty much everything sorted out (Z87-A and 4770k), the last thing I really need is a CPU cooler. I'm shooting for a decent OC (~4.5GHz). After some research I've gotten it down to the H100i, NH-D14 or Phanteks TC14PE. I'm wondering what you guys think? I know there's a lot of you with CWC here.

My main concern is the noise with the H100i. I know the stock fans have a bad reputation and I'd most likely switch them for NF-F12s in push pull. But I can't justify paying $200 (H100i + 4 Noctuas) when I could simply get the NH-D14 for $75 with virtually the same performance. I think I could live with the fact that it's not quite aestetically pleasing as the H100i knowing it'd save me $125. Put it towards a custom loop in the future or something... rolleyes.gif
Edited by Scalise - 11/21/13 at 8:21pm
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Originally Posted by Scalise View Post

Hey guys, been lurking here for a while. I'm looking to pick up a 540 for my build. So far I have a pretty much everything sorted out (Z87-A and 4770k), the last thing I really need is a CPU cooler. I'm shooting for a decent OC (~4.5GHz). After some research I've gotten it down to the H100i, NH-D14 or Phanteks TC14PE. I'm wondering what you guys think? I know there's a lot of you with CWC here.

My main concern is the noise with the H100i. I know the stock fans have a bad reputation and I'd most likely switch them for NF-F12s in push pull. But I can't justify paying $200 (H100i + 4 Noctuas) when I could simply get the NH-D14 for $75 with virtually the same performance. I think I could live with the fact that it's not quite aestetically pleasing as the H100i knowing it'd save me $125. Put it towards a custom loop in the future or something... rolleyes.gif

Ill be putting an H100i in my new Air 540 also. Now I can tell you on the h80i I have that at fullload it is loud with the fans at max rpm. But honestly, depending on what your doing with your computer, how often is your computer at full load max rpms? I game with headphones on anyways so the fan noise doesn't bother me. With that being said, at idle I can hear my case fans over my h80i fans. Its really about personal preference. I've never understood why some people make such a big deal with fan noise. 2cents.gif You can find the H100i pretty cheap nowadays. I got mine off Newegg for $89.99 with free shipping. thumb.gif
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@Scalise

I recently got the PH-TC14PE and I can vouch for its quality. I can't hear it over the other fans in my case. Any system will create some noise when on full load, but I think the temperatures is what matters. These are my temperatures with the 3770K running prime95 for 20 minutes. Idle temps are between 26-30 degrees(average) C at all times with the new cooler.

Stock cooler


TC14PE

If you look at the clock speeds and voltage these are also higher than the test with the stock cooler.(something was weird in my BIOS settings at the time and has since been corrected)

Another note is that the stock Intel cooler was actually louder than the TC14PE which has two fans. It's not noisy at all. The only issue with it would be memory clearance, so I would recommend low-profile modules. And the fact that you can also get the cooler in several colors was a plus for me.

How it looks in my build


Just my 2 cents.
Edited by theKab - 11/21/13 at 10:28pm
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