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Corsair air 540 and h110 build log. in theory, more fans moving at low speeds = quiet computer, transfer from thermaltake commander case

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yes, corsair air 540 will work great with corsair h110, i have it mounted on top with 2 fans as push, as well as 3 120 mm fans in front, could easily make h110 push pull as well, just wanted to add that first for people trying to google the compatibility



anyways.


Hey, first post. Great site. I've used it a lot to do a lot of research, now feel I need to give back, answer a few questions about bs i've gone through, and figure out my next steps for build

My goal is to have an almost silent computer for watching netflix and internet, as quite as possible when gaming (bf3, crysis, dirt, etc), and close to silent as possible for up to %100 percent load on processor for audio processing/recording, audio to video, maybe video editing in future.

No real overclocking, just clicked on performance mode thing in asus bios (cheating at overclocking, i guess), my main goal is just wanting peace and quite on a budget, was eyeballing a custom loop, but way to expensive

Build log covers the evolution of this "thing" for about a year now, so i'll try to catch up quick

moved the guts of computer from thermal take commander to the air 540. case was a little bigger than i was imagining.






the thermaltake had pretty decent airflow, the back door was slighlty bowed out though due to shoving all of a non modular psu's leads in a tight little corner (behind drive cage/extra cd drive bay) , even with taking my time and trying to plan as well as possible. borderline ocd with cable management...

parts include corsair 800w psu, i5 3570k, pny 4 gb ram sticks x 3, WD 500gb hd, Evga 560 2 gb superclcocked x 2 in sli, asus p877v-vlk mobo, coolermaster sickle flow 120's x 3, 2 x stock corsair fans 140mm, initially a hyper evo 212 push/pull, now a h110, which is great/extremely quiet compared, and a nxzt hue, nxzt sentry 2 fan controller (let me know if you want more details),

side note: sli is great for gaming, if you want to argue noise/heat, fair enough... I've only experience one issue with drivers and slight frustration with gta4 though. Out of the 10 or so games i've tried, everything else works great...

I thought fan controller would be great, due to more control of temps/fans. but it makes the sickle flows chirp/whine/be annoying as hell at any given speed, however works great with corsair (stock) 140mm fans that came with case. Any ideas to make the the sickleflows work here. there speed is controlled fine, just can't stand the noise, now all of them are plugged directly into molex, and at 100% are quieter than any speed with the sentry two

I'll try to post more the next few days and explain more about the build to get where i'm at currently, as well as pictures, complaints about parts, screw ups like too much thermal paste, and some questions.

Thanks
Edited by travhill24 - 9/9/13 at 12:06am
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Just a suggestion, you might want to try OCing for yourself, you'll get lower temps when you do because their "OCing" feature is kinda a one size fits all this should work on every chip thrown in this board approach.

Also, join the club!
http://www.overclock.net/t/1404897/corsair-carbide-air-540-owners-club-gallery/1500_20#post_20773342
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Thanks Jamey, its on the to do list, probably this winter when i have a little time off. Haven't really played around with it yet though.

Anyways, I switched out all of the sickle flows, so now i have two of the stock corsair 140's in front as intake, then i rigged another one at the bottom of the case blowing up one top of the old 3.5 rack. Then nzxt sentry's working as intended without the annoying clicking/whining noise...

For the bottom intake fan, I just hot glued some fly screen to the old hd cage for a dust filter, and then used velcro to hold the fan on top. Looks tacky, but works until i decide if i want to pull out the dremel and permanently install the fan there.


Current temps with BF3, front intakes at 40% and bottom fan at 60%, and cpu at 4181 mhz/ vid floats around 1.15-1.18. GPU's are running about 98% of load on core, and around 1.6-1.8 gb of ram being used.

cpu - maxed out around 57
top 560 - 85
bottom 560 - 72

temp probes on nzxt sentry 2
1)hd-31 - between the rack and the side of hd
2)gpu 1 – 53 inbetweent shroud and heat sink, close to power
3)ram – 47 - under heatsink at top of stick
4)ambient case front – 34 – under exhaust fan of h110, hanging in the air

I'm loving the 540, its a great/fun case to build into. Its pretty damn quiet when i'm not gaming and can turn 2 fans off and everything else to low, and less obnoxious with sli gaming than the thermaltake was.

The h110 shaved off a few degrees of where the hyper 212 evo used to be, so on cooling alone, i don't know if its worth the upgrade if your not a hard core overclocker. Noise wise however, its extremely quiet compared to the 212.

The next two upgrades i'm looking at are either cutting off the hdd rack/holder thing, and putting the screw holes to permanently mount a fan in its place, and getting the sound absorption foam to place around the case to see if i can bring down the db of my box even more. Any suggestions?

Maybe looking at a 770/60 with acx cooling or something similar to get rid of the sli noise. Has anyone made the upgrade from the 560's 2gb sli to those?

Thanks










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