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This is an edited version of my first build which can be seen here; http://pcpartpicker.com/b/qcQ7YJ

After a lot of significant changes, such as a new motherboard, case, gpu, and a few other things, I decided it was time to just publish a whole new build outlining the changes that were made.

The biggest change that was made was to the overall size of the build. That required a new case, the Corsair Air 240; and a new motherboard, the micro-atx Asus Maximus VII Gene.

The case is basically just the little brother of the Air 540 so when it I saw it come out I knew I wanted it. Especially considering the enormous form factor of its predecessor. Corsair did a great job I think of downsizing the Air 540, and while it was difficult to work with all the components I wanted to put in there, it definitely gets the job done well. The dual-chamber design is still there and it really helps the build look really neat and polished.

Motherboard-wise, the Gene is everything I hoped for and more. It's sleek, full of awesome features, and has been crucial in making an all-around better gaming machine over my previous build.

When it came to the graphics card, ironically I sort of downgraded, but for a few reasons. One, the only difference now is that I have the reference design, meaning no factory overclock compared to the Superclocked ACX version I used to own. Two, the reference cooler is so much better looking in my opinion and with the stock cooler blowing out the back of the case, that will really come in handy when I finally am able to pull the trigger on purchasing another to put in SLI and actually be able to justify having an 850W power supply.

So basically when I decided to make the changes that I did, my thought process was essentially to build a more powerful gaming machine (which will happen when I get that second 780), but with a smaller foot print. I'm happy to say my new build is 40% smaller in size and MUCH much lighter so it won't be a pain in the *** to carry around to LAN parties. Overall I'm really happy with how everything turned out and any feedback is always welcome.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 9 points

Looks great. Still don't understand the price for extra features in that motherboard. Maybe i'm too cheap xD. This is a very classy black/red schemed build though.

  • 65 months ago
  • 4 points

Finally an Air 240! I'm thinking of doing a build in there, how was/is it?!

  • 65 months ago
  • 4 points

I love it! For a smaller form factor build I definitely recommend this case. It was a little difficult to work with but that was mainly because I didn't plans thing well enough going in and because of everything that was going into it. I mean I basically just jam packed a full featured pc in there with head room for upgrading still. Good luck with your build too!

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

The graphics card was a little awkward to situate in there but that was because of the extra push-pull configuration. And then the cables because with how much is hooked up in there, it is kind of cramped in the back chamber, but still totally do-able. Like I said, most of it was just poor planning since I wasn't starting from scratch and it was more of just transferring parts over from one build to another. Overall still a pleasant case to work with.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I was worried about the clearance for the power cables to the GTX 780 in the Air 240, but it looks like they fit OK. Are they right up against the windows in your build? Or, is there a bit of clearance there?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

They're pretty much right up against the window there, not quite squished but still close. That might be because they're aftermarket sleeved ones that are stiffer than most, but I would still only go with graphics cards that are the standard width; meaning they don't stick out any further than the brackets themselves, so any reference cards with stock fans or even the ACX coolers from EVGA that aren't the classified versions would fit. But something like the Asus Strix models wouldn't fit, especially with the power cables. Overall though, the clearance is there, but it's a little tight.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

awesome build! very clean inside for a small case. The red leds and the green GTX logo don't even look so bad to my OCD brain +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks, I actually kind of like the green for some reason. I guess it's growing on me.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

You can make it white if you take some high-grit sandpaper to each of the letters and carefully remove the green coating, I've seen it done to a few builds and it looks great!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I've been really considering doing that. I just want to be 100% sure before hand because then I'm stuck with it pretty much lol

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

that case :3

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

This is beautiful.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool build. The red is awesome _ +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Great Build. Love the push pull in such a small box. Jumping to that set up as well!! Funny I am going for red build too. Think Corsair did a good marketing campaign for the 240 air!

Great job!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I just don't understand why you would downgrade to NVTTM from ACX...in SLI only the card that faces the back of the other card benefits from a blower design. The other card can have any cooler you want, because it has unlimited access to airflow. Seeing as you even bought a nice backplate for the ACX 780...I really hope you just bought the second card and kept the first one in storage instead of selling it.

Other than that, I really like this build and the original one too. Nice job. You can also sand the Geforce GTX logo to get the green off.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Part of the reason behind it was the aesthetics and also because I was able to pawn off the ACX version for a nice profit. When I do go SLI I also want the two cards to be identical. Trust me, there was quite some thought put into it as I weighed the pros and cons. Thanks though, and now I have to decide whether or not to sand it so thanks for that too haha

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

That cable managment though. +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for noticing lol

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't believe this case can hold a push and pull setup, it's so compact.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I was surprised too, a little hesitant at first but I already the fans for it from the previous build so I figured why not

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, if you want to change those logos theres some info on it here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1431233/geforce-gtx-logo-colour-change-on-titan/50#post_20973548

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

The airflow with a second GPU is gonna be atrocious. That case seems best with one GPU.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

We have VERY similar builds. (: +1 because great minds think alike

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I agree haha and a +1 for you as well

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the red cables from or did they come as the standard cables?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

They were separate, Silverstone Tek sleeved cable extensions off of amazon. Although you could also get a full sleeved kit but that cost much much more.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

See when you installed the Corsair H100i, did you screw the two fans to the front and the back of the radiator and then screw the back fans to the case. If not how did you install it as I want to get one but am not sure on how you go about installing it.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Well first I would route my 24 pin mobo power connector through that middle grommet first if you're going for a push-pull because otherwise it's a b**** to get through afterwards like I did. Also I would screw in the pull fans to the radiator first while it still isn't attached to the case or anything, and then screw the push fans through the case and into the radiator because if you don't do the pull fans first then it's going to be nearly impossible to screw them in with the motherboard, cables, tubing, etc. in the way.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

If you download corsair link2 then you can change the cost color to red to match even more.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I've already tweaked around with it a little bit but I just cant get find it in me to keep it that way for long lol

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Question how did you control the 4 corsair sp fans in push pull?

Thanks

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

You can get 2-, 3-, or 4-way PWM splitters on Amazon (and I'm sure other places).

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Well you could go the route that jimlamb suggested, but the h100i allows you to connect up to 4 fans directly to the pump itself and therefore be able to use the corsair link software to control the fan speeds and profiles and that's what I did.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, got work, Had to RMA pump and DID NOT upgrade firmware. When I did that on last one got this whining sound.

Atm everything is wired as directed and temps with one set up SP120's (doh forgot to put 2 sets down lol) temps on prime 95 stock settings mid 50's.. After Burn in and when I get second set will OC.

thx will post pictures of my purple people eater when done.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, I'm glad to hear it worked out and it was as simple as just getting a different one. I look forward to seeing your build up here soon!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

im thinking about buying this case, is there support for another water cooler such as a 120mm radiator paired with the Corsair H100i?. I would like to liquid cool my cpu with a 240 and my gpu with a 120.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe that if you use a mini-itx motherboard than you should be able to fit the other 120 radiator on the bottom side of the case. In my setup though with a micro-atx, that wouldn't be possible.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm considering buying this for my next build but I have a concern or two. Mind if I ask you about them?

How routing the cpu power cable was? Linus Tech Tips mentioned that it can be hard with the hdd cage in the way. Did you have any trouble with that?

Here's the link to the relevant part of the Linus Tech Tips Corsair Air 240 review.

I'm concerned about the lack of cooling options once a h100i is installed. Do you feel there is enough cooling for the rest of the case?

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I actually watched their video review as well before I bought mine and yes it was a little tricky to get that cpu power connected, but I pretty much did exactly what they did in the video as long as you have a flat cable to work with like they/I did. As for the air flow for the rest of the case, the only other real concern you should have would be the gpu since all the other cables, psu, and hdd/ssd are tucked away in the other chamber. And while you might think airflow wouldn't be that great with only the radiator fans and the single fan on the top like in my build, I've found that wasn't the case. The Air 240 is very well ventilated and the air coming off of the radiator actually does a fair job of providing airflow through the rest of the case and over the other components like the gpu. Everything else like the motherboard, RAM, hdd, etc. all pretty much take care of themselves nicely so I wouldn't be worried too much there. After all, it is called the AIR 240. You can even add that fan in the back chamber if you really want to lol I hope I answered your questions and I do recommend this case if you're going with a similar setup. Happy building!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the detailed reply! I really appreciate all the information. I'm gonna be cannibalizing my old build for some parts including my semimodular Rosewill Hive 750. I don't know if it's cables are flat enough compared to the Corsair RM and AX psus, but fingers crossed. Hopefully Corsair support also gets back to me on whether or not the Asus Strix 970 or MSI Twin Frozr 970 coolers will fit height wise into the Air 240. Then it'll be just a matter of waiting for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Xmas sales. :D

Edit: To expand on your opinion on air cooling do you think there's enough room and cooling for eventually going SLI in this case?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately the graphics cards you named won't fit inside the case since they protrude out a lot more than the reference cards, the power cables would push out further than the side window. And yes I do think there's enough room for SLI since I also plan on going that route sometime in the near future.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, nice build I really like it.

I noticed that your GPU length was 10.5 inches long, but do you think that I could fit a 10.7 inch long GPU with the same radiator set up.

Thanks

btw the GPU that I was thinking of is: http://www.asus.com/au/Graphics_Cards/R9270XDC2T2GD5/overview/

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

While length-wise that card would fit even with the same radiator setup, unfortunately the card's depth protruding outwards is too much and would be pretty much pressed against the side panel and wouldn't give you room for the power cables. Like I told a few others that have asked me something similar, only cards that are the same depth as reference cards can work with the Air 240 because of the shallow side panel. Length-wise though it would still work and even if you just go with a push with no pull radiator setup, you could go with even longer cards.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

TBH I don't see the need for so many case fans. You have about $50 worth of case fans on top of the liquid cool for CPU. Better to spend 50 bucks more on an i7 that wont run as hot since it'll have less load but keep the h100. Also maybe get a $100 mobo instead. As long as the mobo supports sli/xfire you don't need much more. Unless there's something specific you need from it. I got a $230 mobo once (Z77 Sabertooth) and it was awesome looking. But totally not worth it. That's my opinion though. Also look into getting a gtx 970 for just 30 bucks more. They're faster, run cooler, and have the best price:performance ratio out there.

GLHF!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want the green logo to match the rest of your build, you can change its color. It takes a bit of actually opening up the graphics card and stuff but its very simple. Here's a link:

http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/140159-how-to-change-the-color-of-your-geforce-gtx-logo/

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

This is very close to what I'm planning for my next build..

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/Lazz/saved/8k9Ff7

Great to see you can fit a 780 in there and still have the H100i set up in push/pull! This was a big question for me.

Awesome build, great cable management and design. She's a beauty!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

A Glorious build. I just bought this case and motherboard as an upgrade to my mITX rig! Can't wait to get it together after seeing this one.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you use for case lighting?