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I initially posted this build a few months back and received some really good ideas for improvement and so I decided to upgrade a few parts, change a few things and I think I'm finally done.

The build is a bit of a hodgepodge of old/new parts , some parts I kept from an older built ( i.e. CPU, cooler, ram) , but most parts I bought brand new.

My goal is to have a silent gaming build that can handle my Acer X34 monitor running the upcoming games (BF1, GOW4 etc). All fans are PWM and are set to "silent" in BIOS except for the fans in the second chamber and the fan right next to the video card. I am controlling those with Speedfan based on GPU temp (this is why the fan right next to the videocard is not spinning because the GPU temp at idle is too low ).

Noise levels are minimal, at idle I can barely hear the GPU pump and the occasional "swoosh" from the water circulating to both cpu/gpu. Under load, speedfan speeds up the GPU cooler which covers the noise from water and pump and can get a little noisy but quiet enough to game without the need of headphones etc.

Edit: - Just want to clarify the GPU cooling solution. I bought the EVGA hybrid kit from Newegg (Item#: N82E16814998133 ) and then inserted the GPU water block through the bottom grommet hole to be able to install the Radiator in the 2nd chamber. I had to remove the GPU waterblock cap to be able to fit it through the hole. This is a neat trick and goes really well with this case allowing u to install a matx board and still have "room" to water cool both gpu and cpu.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you get the tubes from the gpu cooler through to the other chamber?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I inserted the gpu block through the bottom grommet hole into the first chamber

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

So you took it apart?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

no. I only removed the water block plastic cap to be able to fit. The cap snaps on and off without the need for any tools

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

okay thank you

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think this would be possible with the evga hybrid cards. The ones that come with the hybrid kit pre-installed?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Clean Build! +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks !

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

small package, big power +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks yea I love the small form factor

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

OP: You listed the wrong GPU on your list

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

The gpu is correct. I replaced the cooler with the evga hybrid cooler

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

TOO COOL!!!(Figuratively and literally) Best GPU mod I've seen that has a practical use. +100 now instead of a 1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Aha! so you can put a radiator in that space! I always thought you'd be able to, but wasn't so sure. Thanks for clearing my doubts :D

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

yes u can and you can also do a push/pull if you route the rest of the cables around the radiator

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not so interested in push/pull but that does give me an idea of how big a radiator will fit there. cool stuff.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

tfw when you have a corsair case and have a massive nzxt logo on your monitor in pic 1.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yeah it's to match the hue+ light show :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

This is my favorite build in this case yet. Yes!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean build! Good to see more Air 240's

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

niceee build! could you tell me how much fps you get in games with that gtx 1070? and under what settings? I'm thinking about getting one also but not sure whether it's enough horse power for my acer 34x display!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on the game Some games I max out (like killing floor 2, dark souls 3 etc) but others not so much (med/high settings on Rise of tomb raider). I am though prioritizing frames over settings and I'm shooting for 75+ at the cost of lowering detail. One thing though is that the gpu liquid cooler gives out much more stable overclocks even on a reference board.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmm, I thought the 1070 would blow away 1440p. Only 4k was gonna be the issue at 60fps.

So not true?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

This is by far the best build I've seen on PCPP yet! +1 obviously :P. My only concern is what the temps on your gpu are since you have it stuck in the back chamber with all the wiring. Does the rad get enough air?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks ! As far as GPU temps, I get about mid 30s on idle and high 50s after a couple hours of gaming. Its not too bad but I know the rad is not getting as much air as it should. The push/pull setup should easily keep the card in the high 40s low 50s under load based on what i've read online so I am approximating about 10 degrees or so increase . Its no big deal as the card can still sustain a 2113mhz overclock constant no matter the game but definitely something to consider.

The other issue that I didn't even think about is the fact that the heat from the radiator warms up the closest SSD drive which is right above the radiator. I was getting about 52C on my 2nd Samsung ssd which is a bit high, so I've been using speedfan to control the fan speed and Ive noticed that my SSD is now running at 45C or so during gaming , not ideal but not bad either.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

how are those new corsair magnetic fans?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

they are very well made. The black frame is made of some sort of composite instead of just plastic and feels very high quality and sturdy. The whole fan feels a lot heavier than a regular case fan. The LEDs are not too bright or too dim. The PWM cable is long enough to reach across any motherboard. They can be set to move a lot of air or be dead silent (at about 500 rpm). Overall I really like them, its just too bad they are not RGB but other than that I think they're among the best you can get