Liquid cooled Core i7 5960X and a GeForce GTX Titan X, plus 64GB DRAM and a 800GB PCIe SSD, in a black Corsair 240 Air chassis with snoopy decals.
Machine was put together primarily for gaming and photo retouching.
Definition of the word ''overpowered'' is reflected in this system.
Might I ask why you went with 64GB instead of 32GB.
I find Photoshop performance scales with the amount of memory I have. More memory I have, more photos the application will allow me to process in a batch. I also happen to have a Sony A7R II that is churning out photos at 42MP each, so I went with the max the platform can support. Besides, these days, memory is not that expensive anyway.
"not expensive" Spends $500 on ram
lol really though
"Not THAT expensive". I used to get a lot less memory for the same amount of money few years ago.
What I would consider expensive, is spending thousands on a high end SLI rig, and finding out your favorite games have yet to support SLI.
dude... 32 gb is perfect! 64 is legit too much and you will never use it... 300 bucks more for ram isnt needed.
Good to hear 32GB is perfect for you.
We all use our machines differently. This was my train of thought:
I erred on the side of caution and went with the max. I really don't want to populate 4 DIMMs total at 32GB, find out that I need more, and end up paying for another set of 4 DIMMs to get to 64GB.
oh ok :) cheers sorry about that
If I had an extra zero in my budget, I would do something like this. Love the big open case - it's like looking under the hood of a Ferrari.
Sweet build. Needs the theme music:
So stupidly OP it's funny. Nice build though. Looks nice.
Only thing I didnt like is the metal-crap in the back of the mobo showing.
Obviously you know you have all very high end parts, but why did you get that monitor? I would expect no less than a 34" 21:9 QHD 3440 x 1440 monitor in this build. Is the Dell monitor good for photo editing or something?
It is an IPS so it should be decent for photo editing. Not so great for gaming, however.
I have a 4K monitor on another machine. The one I'm using on this machine is just a spare monitor I have and for temporary use only. Agree with you monitor is the weakest link.
Fantastic monitor for photo editing. Awesome setup!
It's ok. Resolution a little lacking. A 4K monitor is just a little shy to be able to show a 12MP picture at 1:1.
Looks great, the dream machine for sure. :D
However, why are you using those adapters for the power on the PCIE GPU?
His power supply should have all of the proper PCIE cables for the GPU. It should have enough cables for 3 GPUs...
Those right angle adapters I'm using for the GPU power connections allow me to close the chassis without putting too much pressure on the see-through side panel and bending the PCIe power cables.
One challenge with the Corsair 240 Air chassis is it has very little clearance above the the PCIe slots.
Hey do you mind if I ask where you got those right angle adaptors from? I can find some 6 pin PCI-E 90 degree adaptors on ebay but nothing for an 8 pin PCI-E power adaptor.
PCI-E 8 pin 90 degree right power extension with low profile--4" Made In USA
6-Pin to 6-Pin PCI-E 90 Degree right extension with low profile--4" Made In USA
I got both from antronst (Antron Technologies, Inc., www.antron.com) on eBay, paid $7.75 and $6.86 for one of each respectively.
According to eBay, antronst is currently away and the store is closed, but is expected to be back on eBay on March 7.
Hope this helps.
You're right, hadn't noticed the molex pins.
How is the Air 240 to build in?
Very high quality case
Very versatile for its compact size.
Cable management is real easy.
No 5.25" bay for DVD or removable storage
Small room above PCIe slots, so GPU cards with oversized heat sinks won't fit. PCIe power cables may be pushing against the see-through side panel if you do not use right angle adapters.
The rear 80mm and side 120mm fan slots are pretty useless. The former you cannot mount any radiator on. The latter has no clear path for airflow.
Alright thanks! Would an R9 Nano fit?
You should ask Corsair, I wouldn't know.
I already asked someone else, but thanks!
980ti > Titan X 350 cheaper for the same performance.
How was staking those 2 single radiators in the front? Is there room to stack the radiators in the same vertical plane?
I'm thinking about doing something similar with the EVGA 980 ti hybrid in the Air 240.
Two radiators on same vertical plane is not possible.
There is only enough room to fit one 120mm fan and one radiator in a plane. Two AIO radiators will require one AIO fan pushing and the other pulling. In my case, one pull (for the GPU), and one push-pull (for the CPU).
And watch out your choice on the CPU AIO radiator may be very limited. I tried Corsair H80i v2, H60 and H75, and only the H75 would work. The radiators that come with H60 and H80i v2 are ~5mm taller, despite, all 3 AIOs have same advertised dimensions on the web and retail box.
The EVGA hybrid radiator has same dimensions as the H75.
Good luck on your build.
Thanks for the heads up! Very useful to know!
actually... I saw a dual 120mm rad config in the front of this case yesterday, ill be sure to link you if i see it again.
I did find the dual rad in the front config, here it is. https://pcpartpicker.com/b/TGQV3C it's so sick. what a psycho.
How's the airflow in this case ? I dont know if i shoud buy this case or nzxt s340 (my setup: stock cooler on cpu, 2ssd-s + r9 280)
Good straight forward airflow design, since air is coming in from the front and exhausted at the back and top, with little obstruction as long as cables are well managed.
But you are comparing apples vs. oranges with the NZXT S340.
Corsair Air 240 is a micro ATX case. The NZXT S340 is mid tower case that can support full size ATX boards. If you look at their dimensions:
Air 240: 260mm(W) x 320mm(H) x 397mm(D)
S340: 200mm(W) x 445mm(H) x 432mm(D)
The S340 is 125mm taller and 35mm deeper. You're going to have more room for air to move around than the smaller Corsair Air 240.
Having said that, I wonder if that steel cable management bar in the NZXT case is going to stop you from having a push+pull fan config on any one radiator you are mounting in the front.
great looking build and your components are overpowered as hell. I'd +800 if i could.
If your planning on storing a bunch of photos then why did you spend $800 on an 800gb SSD? You going to store them on that?
Thank you for the question.
I have a NAS to archive personal photos, media, and other files. The SSD on this machine is mostly for work in progress photos, and games.
Games I play the most are epic titles that take up several tens of GB storage space each. I can live with a smaller SSD if I keep a fewer number of games installed at any one time.
PCIe NAND SSD retail is already at or below $1/GB. I only paid $500 for the 800GB SSD.
I haven't seen anything this ridiculously overpowered in a long time. Pure badassery, though I would've gone with a Corsair Air 540 and an ATX motherboard. Still, you must get insane benchmark scores! Enjoy it, man!
Where did you put the second radiator?
Both radiators are mounted on the front panel. Please see my reply to t.gor earlier.