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Old 02-17-2014, 06:16 PM
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Added to my black and gold theme.

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Old 02-18-2014, 07:29 AM
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Nice one Jim looking good bud. Something I want to do but looking for the right red. Has to match the vengeance pro red
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Old 02-18-2014, 04:27 PM
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Very nice gold accent Jimbo? On a scale of 1-10, how much work was it to do this? I'm thinking others might interested.
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:57 PM
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Very nice gold accent Jimbo? On a scale of 1-10, how much work was it to do this? I'm thinking others might interested.
Probably a 2.

Once you remove those two panels (which are designed to come off easily) you just need to remove the metal grills* to be painted. The top one comes off very easy but the front one takes a little more work (there is a piece behind the Corsair logo that makes it a little bit of a challenge). Once removed, I used the same paint that I used on the fan rings. after that I put on two coats of glossy clear coat (bought at Home Depot and used for cars).

*The grills are held on by 4 screws and plastic tabs.

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Old 02-18-2014, 05:59 PM
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Here is a shot of my Air540 build I did recently.

I really love the case, being able to stick the PSU in the backside and not having to do any real cable management to make it look clean is awesome.
The airflow and ability to toss a couple of radiators in the front and top is a big plus.

Adding a fan controller to it really helps being able to turn the fans down for everyday use and back up for more intensive use.
It would be nice to have some SP140s for the radiator and front of the case.

One small issue is only having two 3.5" mounts but that's something relatively easy to deal with.
I've already been thinking about a few ways to add more drives to the backside of the case and I've seen what a few people have came up with on other forums.

The case did come with a small scratch in the middle of the panel, I didn't really fret too much over it until I moved desks around and now the lights in the room and case(I had a couple of old blue cold cathodes in it for fun) really highlight it. I had the window facing the wall so I wasn't constantly gazing at the window until the past few weeks.

I filled out a RMA request for my H110 intel backplate with standoffs that spun and chewed away some plastic and added the windowed panel to the request in hopes that they would be able to deal with that too.
I'm hoping they will take care of me like they've always done.

Corsair Air 540 with Corsair HX520w PSU
i5 4670k at 4.4ghz 1.16v with Corsair H110 cooler
Gigabyte Z87x UD3H
2x4gb of Patriot Viper 3 LP DDR3 9-9-9-24 1600 1.5v
MSI GTX 670 2gb OC
Asus Xonar Essence STX
Intel 80gb X25m G2
2 x 2TB Western Digital Green EARX
LG DVDRW
Bitfenix Recon Fan controller



I'm no where near done with this build so I'll have to post some more pictures later on.
I've since added an older aftermarket GPU cooler I had laying around onto my GTX670. I'm not really happy with the cooling results from it but the noise level is a lot lower.

I'm planning on modding a closed loop cooler to the GTX 670 in the near future, thinking about something like the H55, H70 or maybe even the 140mm H90!
When I do I'll be sure to post back with a few more pictures and the results.
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:33 PM
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Probably a 2.

Once you remove those two panels (which are designed to come off easily) you just need to remove the metal grills* to be painted. The top one comes off very easy but the front one takes a little more work (there is a piece behind the Corsair logo that makes it a little bit of a challenge). Once removed, I used the same paint that I used on the fan rings. after that I put on two coats of glossy clear coat (bought at Home Depot and used for cars).

*The grills are held on by 4 screws and plastic tabs.
Here's the underside of the top grill. There are four screws and some plastic tabs to hold the metal part in place.



Anyway, here are the final pics (until I water cool my GPU) of my case, now that I got my fan controller (old one wouldn't fit):


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Jimbo sell off those ares ram and grab some of those beige colored vengeance pros I linked earlier.
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Old 02-19-2014, 12:37 AM
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Jimbo sell off those ares ram and grab some of those beige colored vengeance pros I linked earlier.
Why on earth would I replace my ram with slower ones?
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Old 02-19-2014, 01:38 AM
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I really like the black and gold theme going on but I agree with it being a bit silly to replace perfectly good faster specced ram just for the colour of the heat-spreaders.

I do think that some gold ram would really look good in that build, maybe use the rest of that rattle can on the heatspreaders and just hope G.Skilll still accepts them if they blow up. :P:

I guess black would look good in there too, in a stealthy kind of way.
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Old 02-19-2014, 02:13 AM
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Why on earth would I replace my ram with slower ones?
Cuz those blues stand out like a sore thumb.
http://www.corsair.com/us/catalog/pr.../category/126/
those make you feel better. I meant them as example not that exact kit.
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Old 02-19-2014, 04:05 AM
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More determined to paint the grill now but I need the right coloured red paint
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Old 02-19-2014, 08:10 AM
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No more HDD's in this case only SSD's. My new 1TB EVO now installed
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Old 02-20-2014, 04:27 AM
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Hehe, you're running four SSDs in that now? Nice!
Your build is looking great by the way.

I'm looking into adding a 840 evo 250gb to my build along with a new HX850 Gold over the next week.

That will free my 80gb intel and hx520 up to toss into the other Corsair case build I'm working on.

I'm tempted to go for one of the 500gb models but I just can't afford it along with a PSU right now.
The fact that the 500gb class drives are now dipping below $300 means we are getting closer and closer to just having solid state storage all around.
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Old 02-20-2014, 04:55 PM
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Bud those evo's will be dropping in price at some stage. Don't be like me be patient bud.
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:50 PM
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I just bit the bullet n bought a 512gb. The load times on bf4 are discusting to say the least on a traditional hdd.
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