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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-12-2013, 03:50 AM - Thread Starter
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Hey everyone this is my first build log and hopefully not my last. I decided to buy the Air 540 as soon as it was released, I fell in love with its aesthetics as soon as I saw it. I was gonna upgrade to a full ATX tower but the cube designed had me intrigued. biggrin.gif

I am upgrading from a Carbide 300R which I also love but has been relegated to secondary rig status. Most of the components will be coming from my old rig and i'll be buying some new parts for this build. I plan swapping everything out and adding the new components as they come along. I want to get this done asap since this will be my main use everyday rig. For that very same reason the idea that I have for this rig wont be completed in its totality and will be added upon over time.

Here are the parts going into the build:

CPU
Intel Core i5-3570K
RAM
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB
Cooling
Corsair AF140 X3
Cooler Master SickleFlow 120mm Blue LED X3
Power
Corsair HX750 PSU
Motherboard
Gigabyte Z77X-D3H
Hard Drive
Kingston SSD 111GB (SVP200S37A120G)
Graphics
MSI Twin Frozr AMD Radeon HD 7950
Sapphire AMD HD 6950
Audio
BlackDiamond3 Wireless Speaker


Here is my previous 300R rig:




Here's the 300R being taken apart:



Started working on the Air540:


I have to decided which GPUs to include, I am thinking of the 7950 & 6950 for now:


Here is the preliminary case with some of things thrown in:


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Hey everyone this is my first build log and hopefully not my last. I decided to buy the Air 540 as soon as it was released, I fell in love with its aesthetics as soon as I saw it. I was gonna upgrade to a full ATX tower but the cube designed had me intrigued. biggrin.gif

I am upgrading from a Carbide 300R which I also love but has been relegated to secondary rig status. Most of the components will be coming from my old rig and i'll be buying some new parts for this build. I plan swapping everything out and adding the new components as they come along. I want to get this done asap since this will be my main use everyday rig. For that very same reason the idea that I have for this rig wont be completed in its totality and will be added upon over time.

Here are the parts going into the build:
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CPU
Intel Core i5-3570K
RAM
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB
Cooling
Corsair AF140 X3
Cooler Master SickleFlow 120mm Blue LED X3
Power
Corsair HX750 PSU
Motherboard
Gigabyte Z77X-D3H
Hard Drive
Kingston SSD 111GB (SVP200S37A120G)
Graphics
MSI Twin Frozr AMD Radeon HD 7950
Sapphire AMD HD 6950
Audio
BlackDiamond3 Wireless Speaker


Here is my previous 300R rig:




Here's the 300R being taken apart:



Started working on the Air540:


I have to decided which GPUs to include, I am thinking of the 7950 & 6950 for now:


Here is the preliminary case with some of things thrown in:



Beautiful build you got there!
It looks so clean especially the cable management

Doesn't that Corsair Air 540 Case looks adorable wubsmiley.gif:

I know you've not completed the build yet, but I have a few questions to ask.

Are you going to do a theme for the build?
It will look awesome if you do

Watercooling?

What about modding?

Nice computer name thumb.gif
Very unique
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Beautiful build you got there!
It looks so clean especially the cable management

Doesn't that Corsair Air 540 Case looks adorable wubsmiley.gif:

I know you've not completed the build yet, but I have a few questions to ask.

Are you going to do a theme for the build?
It will look awesome if you do

Watercooling?

What about modding?

Nice computer name thumb.gif
Very unique

Thanks for the compliments, However I think the cable management is significantly helped by the dual chamber design of the case. As for a theme, I'm not going for anything to far out, just a combination of the colors blue, black, and silver. I might consider custom watercooling at later time, funds provided, but I am thinking of installing a corsair H100i on the top. The only modding I am considering is something to cover the cut out holes on the bottom of the actively cooled chamber with the window. Some future upgrades i'm thinking about are adding a GTX 780 or 770, sleeved cables, and i7-3770K. Yea the name has stuck, I was thinking of changing but I might just leave it.

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So the Corsair SP120's I ordered just arrived and I went about removing the cooler master sickle flow's I had on the front and installed the SP's. I decided on the NZXT Sentry Mesh fan controller, which is working fine with the corsair fans. I also installed a Cooler Master Hyper 212, which I painted blue. Next I plan on getting either the H100i or H110.

Here's the case with the Cooler master fans removed:



Here's the passive side of the dual chamber design with the cables:


Here's the case with the Corsair fans:


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Sick case man. Nice fans as well they go well with case.

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Really nice love this case as well

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Alright so I decided to update and build my first custom water loop. I've ordered most of the parts already. I've bought EK water blocks for my R9 290 and my Ivy Bridge i5. All thats left to order is the radiators, PSU custom cables, and a few more fittings. I'll update the page later on with pics and a parts list.

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