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post #1 of 54
Thread Starter 
Hi my fellow casemodders...it's Kier again

It's time for a new build with the beautiful Corsair Carbide Air 540.

Saw this case for the first time at some pictures from Computex 2013. And think it has a lot of potential

A good looking case with numerous possibilities for air cooling and watercooling ofcourse.

Time to think of some nice ideas and cut it in pieces.

Still have some hardware laying around for this build, which of course may change in the future of the build.

Hardware:

Mobo: Z68X-UD4-B3
CPU: i7 2600K
GPU: GTX680 x2
PSU: CM silent pro Platinum 1000w
Fans: xigmatek xof-f1251 6x
SSD: OCZ Vertex2 120GB
HDD: WD Green power 1TB
RAM: Corsair Dominators 8GB1600C7

Watercooling:

Radiators: EK-CoolStream RAD XT (240) + EK-CoolStream RAD XT (360)
GPU blocks: EK-FC680 GTX+ - Acetal+Nickel 2x
CPU blosk: EK-Supremacy (old style)
Pump: Laing DDC-1Plus MCP355 + EKWB top
Tubes: Acrylic tubes 12/10mm
And a lot of BP and EKWB fittings

First of al some pics and a small review of the case.... The Corsair Carbide Air 540.

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And here it is.

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Dimension: 415mm x 332mm x 458mm
Material: Steel and plastic

Beautiful full side panel window

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Front I/O:
(x2) USB 3.0
(x1) Headphone
(x1) Mic

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Removable front dust filter.

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Top

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There is space for 2 x 140mm or 2 x 120mm fans or ofcourse a radiator

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Filter

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With magnets

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Front space for 2 x 140mm, 3 x 120mm fan or also a radiator
3x AF140L 140mm fans included

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Inside

The two AF140L 140mm fans

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CPU cutout

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And the 3e included AF140L 140mm fan

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8 expansion Slots

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Dual 3.5” hot swap bays

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4x 2.5” tool-free SSD drive cages

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5.25" drive bay

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Cable routing cutouts with rubber grommets

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All necessary cables present

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Maximum PSU length 200mm

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Accessory kit

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Time to place some hardware and see how it looks

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Maximum GPU Length 320mm

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If your going for air...Maximum CPU Cooler Height 170mm

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More to come!!!
post #2 of 54
Thread Starter 
First post wasn't much about modding, so time for a little modding UPDATE!!!
This time i'm gonna cut the case in half wink.gif

First job...place some nice Xigmatek xof-f1251 fans. Btw. The color combination will be black/ grey and white.

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First, see how it looks

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A bit "normal". So other idea then, but first disassembling the case .

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Once stripped, this is whats left.

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Marked the size of 3 Xigmatek fans on top

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Time to do the first cut.

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Cut 2 strips to the right size and cut/ file some fan shapes

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Mounted and tried to get the same height as the original plastic covers

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Placed a 240 rad beneath it. 1 fan is for the show, much better looking then 2 on top and three in the front

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Both rads placed like this

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Again same heights as the plastic covers

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And front

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Cut a acrylic plate and made 3 fanholes in it

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And again for the front

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Cut 5mm on both sides to get a nice opening between the acrylic and plastic

Glued a angled piece between (with ACRIFIX 192)

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And here it is...the new cover

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First pasted white vinyl on it to get a better light distribution from some LED strips

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Placed some white LED strips and a line of frosted acrylic on both sides.

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After this pasted another layer of vinyl, but this time black and put some power on the strips

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Hmm, stupid me...have a lot of RGB strips and controllers laying around.
So removed the white strips and placed RGB.

Dont think i'm gonna use the different colors a lot, but it's funny so why not?

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Dim the white lights

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And full power

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finally... a nice movie
post #3 of 54
Thread Starter 
Update!!!

External is almost finished.... So let's go inside
What I did:

Cut a acrylic midplate, and a acrylic mobo tray cut out with the dimensions of what remains after placing the mobo.
Cut/ placed 2x angled aluminum strips which are bent. Placed at the side from the vertical radiator and front midplate.

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I also placed an acrylic pipe at each radiator which later become linked.

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Height midplate is sufficient to do some installation work beneath it.

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Attempt number 1 in terms of the tube routing (off course straight forward)

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Nice ... but not quite the thing i'm looking for. So change of plans:

GPUs in-and outlets all down and later.... in-and outlet CPU up

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With C47 adapters

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Made all covers and midplate ​​black again

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Only need to think/ make a nice cover for the horizontal rad

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Connect the GPUs

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Underneath the case I have some space to connect everything (needs to be nicely finished) Rads (right) connected and has a drain port.
Furthermore GPU1 GPU2 coupled and the other in-and outlet with high flow fittings / flex tubes going to the right side of the case.

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And screwed an acrylic plate against it.

CPU / outlet goes up and used some 90 degrees Rotery's to let it go to the right compartment

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Looks quite clean allready

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The CPU connection comes out here and using fillports

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As for the reservoir.... I have found a old EK Bayres. Made a new frontplate, ​​this time without EK logo

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And placed a MCP355 pump at the back

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Fillports from both rads

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And two pics of the beautiful fans and nostalgic bayreservoir

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To be continued!!!
post #4 of 54
Awesome ideas mate! I as really impressed smile.gif

MetallicAcid
post #5 of 54
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much my modding friend thumb.gif

Update!!!

Also this build continues;) it's been a while since I've updated because of other little projects
But ...... here it is.

Been busy with the other side. For this I placed the in/ outlet from the GPUs like this... going up!!
Fits nicely along the PSU.

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And after some pushing and measuring with the adapters: Right goes to the CPU and comes back to the Res, and placed a nice little fill port. Left goes from pump outlet to the GPUs

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My new little fillport.

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The whole thing.

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Then it was time for the sleeving part. I have used black and 4 different types gray.

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Connected.

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And adapted the internal fan a bit.

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Time to fill smile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif

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Tomorrow there will be pictures of the "good" side and a nice filling movie

Before going to sleep 2 nice teasers:

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Good night my friends !!!
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Looking great!
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post #9 of 54
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Thanks y'all

Update!!!

As promised the sequel:

First a filling vid:

And the pictures of the filled Corsair Carbide

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After letting it run for a while, it seems to appears to have no leakage wink.gif

My good CNC mate Pascal (thanks man) had a nice RGB controller which can dim the RGB LEDs very nicely. This gives a very cool effect when spinning the fans. Also placed another RGB strip internally.

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Lights out!!!

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All colors of the rainbow available again:

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And cold white again

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Or a bit warmer

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Like I said, the dim function is quite fun to see

full power:

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Dimmed:

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Also a movie of this nice effect smile.gif

Until the next update again my modding friends wink.gif
post #10 of 54
Thread Starter 
Update!!!

The story continues wink.gif This time a upgrade with beautiful products

Last week I received my package with the products I ordered:

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First 4 pieces of RAMs, the great Dominators Platinum

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- 16GB Kit (4 x 4GB)
- Speed Rating PC3-15000 (1866MHz)
- SPD Speed 1333MHz
- Tested Speed 1866Mhz
- Tested Latency 9-10-9-27
- SPD Latency 9-9-9-24

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Also with two sets of Light Bars

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The bars in two colors. will use the white ones in this build

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And all necessary parts

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Placed them...

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And tested them.

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Looks so much better then the previous RAMs.

Also I ordered some fast Corsair Neutron GTX SSDs (120GB SATA 3 6Gb/s)

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Max Random 4k Write - 84k IOPS
Interface SATA - 6Gb/s
DRAM Cache Memory - 128 MB
Power Consumption (active) 4.6W Max
Power Consumption (idle/standby/sleep) 0.6W Max
S.M.A.R.T. Support
Shock 1500 G
MTBF 2,000,000 hours

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Also modded these by placing a window

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After some sawing and filing...

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The 3 windowed SSDs

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To place this I've cut a piece of aluminum ​​and bent

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Made slots in it ​​for SSD power and Sata + a hole for a fan controller

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Will be placed like this

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Made it black and installed everything

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Everything still visible with the windows side panel

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I changed the Cooler Master PSU for a Corsair PSU smile.gif

The Corsair AX860i

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Unboxing

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Always nice to get a PSU in a velvet pouch

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The PSU

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Fully Modular
Power - 860 Watts
80 Plus Platinum
ATX Connector - 1
EPS Connector - 2
PCI-E Connector - 6
4 Pin Peripheral Connector - 8
SATA Connector - 12
Floppy Connector - 2
MTBF 100,000 hours

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Connections enough

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Placed it

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Cables "formed" a bit allready. This time I did not apply sleeve because the black wires looks very good as it is now.

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Expanded the cover of the SSDs slightly to get a better appearance, so created a window for the part with the pump.

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Placed 1 RGB strip above the SSDs

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And the other side with the black cables

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Tried to place everything as "clean" as possible and think it worked smile.gif

Now testing, and ... the final photo shoot.
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