Description

This is my first computer build. The goal was to run any game on ultra-settings with at least 60 fps and 1080p resolution. Aesthetics being nearly as important as performance; this build is dedicated to finding the sweet spot where form meets function. All parts selected were made with these two things in mind.

Once I had a basic idea of the hardware requirements that were necessary to meet my goal I began to design. I favored a minimalist approach with a classic color scheme and clean presentation. This is something I expect to appreciate for years to come.

The Corsair Air 540 case was a pleasure to build in, even as a beginner. I ultimately chose this case over the Corsair 600T because of the increased cooling options. This case has a total of 8 fans! Replacing the stock fans with the Corsair Quiet Series fans it is remarkably quiet. If you intend to do a push/pull configuration with the H100i you will want to buy an additional screw mounting kit from Corsair ($9.99) as only 8 long screws are included, intended for installing fans on one side.

This computer was designed for overclocking but I have not yet done so. The score posted from 3DMark is the floor for what this computer can achieve.

I am enjoying this computer very much and am happy to say I have successfully met my goal. During my research I came across a reference that compared the custom computer to the hot rod, something that was once regular pushed beyond its designed capabilities for outstanding performance and appeal. I could not agree more. Please leave any comments or questions you may have and I will be happy to reply.

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

10/10 Would Bang +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Just keep yourself grounded.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty sweet, your build is almost identical to the one i want built except for the power supply, color of the case, the ssd, the cpu cooler, the cpu, memory and the fans. Course i may change the color of the case as white looks pretty darn good.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I went with white because I wanted something that obviously looked custom without being too crazy. The power supply was chosen simply because it was cheapest at the time. The SSD, CPU, and CPU cooler all came well recommended and fit the bill.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome, also how do you like that monitor? I plan on getting it whenever i get a new pc.

Here is what i plan to have built: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CzFcVn

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitor is great! If you are looking at one with these specs this is the one to get. At some point I plan on adding another 970 and jumping to 4k but I am VERY happy with this one.

Your build looks pretty good. I don't think the i7 is necessary unless you plan on doing more than gaming and general computing. Windows 8 is a personal choice but 7 is generally cheaper and well supported. Plus, 10 is coming out soon and early reviews are good. I could not recommend the 540 enough. I looked at a lot of cases at my local electronics store and this one stood well above the pack.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Microsoft i hear is going to end support for windows 7 soon and direct x12 will only be available for windows 8 and of course 10

I chose an i7 because i plan to multitask on two monitors and heard that the hyperthreading in the i7 will help alot plus i like the stock speed it has

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I had not heard that. I will be upgrading upon release if 10 is as good as they say it is.

Sounds like you've done your homework!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

verry niccce

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

That is sweet! +1, I wonder how a slot load optical drive would look.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest I'm not crazy about it and may remove. Once the OS and some data were downloaded I don't have much use. If I do I'll upload a picture without.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the strix have coil whine

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

No, fortunately it does not. As you probably know it has been a reported issue for all manufacturers. I'm not sure why some do and some don't (I don't think they do either) but I listened very carefully to determine if I should RMA and I cannot hear any whine at all.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the 540 seem to wide? Im looking at getting one but i dont wan it looking to funny. I really like it because the vents for the lights to shine through!