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.