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This is my new personal rig and it is my 3rd PC that I have built for myself. I was fortunate to have gotten great deals on some of the new parts including the processor which allowed me to sell my old PC and almost break even on the new one. I am really happy with this build and don't think that I would change anything about it.

This build had a lot of new "firsts" for me including Micro ATX board, M.2 ssd, Individually sleeved cables and a large radiator. This is also my first time working with a Corsair case and I can't say enough how much I love the Air 240. The cable management is on point and the drives are easily accessible. Everything about it worked so well for me I am having a hard time thinking of anything that I would change about the case. I guess the only things weren't perfect was that the side panels are a little hard to put back on and the screws are hard to line up properly. I also wish all the dust covers were more easily accessible and magnetic like the side panel is. Another cool thing would have been to fit a slim DVD drive on the side like the Fractal design Node 804 has. My biggest issue is Corsair using a "tooless" design to secure the PCI cards. The problem with this is that I had to bend the latch in several places to create a secure fit. I would have preferred using screws instead which is much more secure.

The H100i V2 looks really clean and was a breeze to install. I had a H-70 in my old pc and the H100 was so much easier to install. I also liked how the tubes were much more sturdy but wish they still swiveled at the pump to allow for better tube management. The tubes were almost to long and was a little tricky to get them placed right, have the corsair logo face the right way and allow for enough clearance for the side panel to close. I also really like the build in corsair link and that the two fans for the radiator plug right into the pump as opposed to plugging into another mobo fan header.

I don't have much to say about the power supply other that I got on sale for 100 bucks which I think is a pretty good deal for it being platinum rated. This brings me on to the sleeved cables. I think that all kits from all manufactures are over priced at being 80 plus bucks. I also learned the hard way that cable kits are specific to the PSU model you have. I bought an EVGA brand kit for the EVGA PSU and when I tried to plug it into the PSU they would go in. I looked at the plug and noticed some of the pins were fused together with plastic. I used a razor and cut them off and then plugged everything in. When I went to power it on... NOTHING. I went around and around trying to figure it out and eventually plugged in the cables that came with the PSU and it powered right up. I probably got lucky I didn't fry any of my components. I did some research and realized I ordered the wrong part so I got the right one and put it in. I also highly recommend that if anyone spends the money on sleeved cables that you get some cable combs too. It gives it such a clean polished look and actually makes the mess of cables easier to work with.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

So clean! Nice pics, great part list and excellent description. All the makings of a featured build in my opinion. I especially like the m.2 size reference.

Only thing I would have changed is the top 120 to exhaust but not sure about temp differences either way.

+1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe the top LED fan is exhaust

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Right now I have it as intake but I might change it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

So shouldn't the two fans on the radiator be pushing air through the radiator to cool it?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

No. They are pulling air through the rad to cool it, not push. Temp difference is usually negligible in that setup.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, as Alternater has mentioned, it is currently an intake. I would be curious to know the temp differences between having it as an intake vs exhaust. He might be just fine as is since his cards are blower cards and exhaust the heat out of the back PCIe brackets.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Love what you did with the 24 pin cable comb and the GPU cables +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Maybe you should try modding the GTX logo so it appears white

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Was thinking of that..... Don't know if I want to take the risk though.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, ok, but it's really simple

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The cabling, cleanliness, budget,story,ethics. This is the basis of America. Great build, +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build. I like how you routed the cables to the GPUs. Did you sleeve those cables yourself or did you buy them?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought them. They are the EVGA brand.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Love your cable management. Great build!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

First off, great build! Nice cable management and theme all around. Second, I have a question about your two cards in SLI. Is there any space at all in between the two? I can't really tell from the pic. How are your GPU temps ? I'm looking into getting this same motherboard and run SLI with a current GTX 970 (I have the Asus Turbo one with the blower style).

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

There is very little space. I think if you use a case that uses screws to secure the cards instead of a tooless design you should be okay. I am also thinking of putting something VERY small in between the cards on the far corner to space them out a little more. Under normal gaming the fans don't ramp up and temps stay lower. I just ran a benchmark and they hit 91 and 84 degrees and the fans were going full speed.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent cable management. I will echo the comments of others and say that you should look into modifying the GTX Logo to be white. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube if you are concerned; there aren't any risks in the mod.

Also, if you're willing, I would suggest exploring the option of painting the red accents on the motherboard. It look fine, but I think that going blue or just white would help fall in line with the White Walker theme.

I would also recommend this for some parts of the fans.

If you think the above is too much, don't worry. The build still looks great.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Great detailed up close pics. Helps me allot as I am starting my own build. Thanks again!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

How'd you get the CPU so cheaply? Usually they go for more then double the price you got listed.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I work for an electronics company and Intel has a special deal for its retail partners.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah dang, whoever your working for has damn good deals.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build!!! are you experiencing any peformace dip in either the VGA's or the M.2 card? im looking to do the same and might even replace the M.2 with a Kingston PCIe card. However im worried about the PCIe lanes count with the 6700K.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

No performance dips at all. The Samsung 850 M.2 SSD I am using still uses the SATA protocol and not PCI. The 950 pro SSD's do use PCI lanes but I would doubt you would see a performance hit.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

im getting one of these instead of a car for my 16th birthday better be worth it XP

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you managed the usb cable in the pump? Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I ran it underneath the cooler brackets and then up the top. From there I ran it behind the mobo and then down to the bottem and out one of the holes near the USB header.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious, where did you find those 6-pin cables? You mentioned purchasing an EVGA kit, but so far I've been unable to find any kit, EVGA or otherwise, containing true 6-pin cables, rather than 6+2 pin connectors that leave the last two pins dangling on GPUs such as the NVIDIA GTX 980.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The +2 part of the cable I wound up by the PSU and only routed the 6pin part to the GPU's. On a regular tower it might be harder to get a clean look with that but with the dual chamber Corsair case it was simple and came out great.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I see. Thanks!

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