Planning to build a gaming PC but don’t know where to start? Picking components can be tricky, but with the CORSAIR PC Builder, you’ll get step-by-step guidance for picking out all the components you need for your next build. Here’s a quick video to show off the PC Builder’s guided experience: The CORSAIR PC Builder takes the guesswork out of picking compatible components for a PC build. Start by selecting your Graphics Card and CPU, then choose from compatible Motherboards, Cases, Cooling, and other hardware that are guaranteed to work together to create your next PC masterpiece. While the CORSAIR PC Builder is focused primarily on CORSAIR products, our database includes a growing number of third-party components to help you fill out the rest of your gaming PC build, even if you decide to go with a case from a different brand! Finally, once you’ve picked out your components, you can either check out through our webstore or save your configuration for later. And it’s as easy as that! Once your hardware is on the way, check out our
of tutorial videos over at the CORSAIR LAB so you’ll be ready to hit the ground running and get your new gaming PC put together in record time!
In the world of DIY gaming PCs, every component is hand-picked for performance, reliability, and looks. While most think of an upgrade as a new graphics card, processor, or even more RAM, some substantial steps towards better performance can be had with a fresh pc case, improved cooling, or a new PSU. Maximize Your Airflow with a New PC Case A computer cases is one of the few components that are commonly re-used when it’s time to upgrade or re-build your gaming PC. Our 5000 Series mid-tower computer cases take the entire build experience into consideration with build-friendly features such as RapidRoute cable management, ample cable management space, a modern IO layout, and compatibility with a wide variety of different cooling systems and configurations whether you plan to use an air cooler, a liquid cpu cooler, or go all out with a custom cooling system. The CORSAIR 5000 Series mid-tower PC case lineup offers a wide range of options for different builders.The new iCUE 5000T RGB takes these core features in a bold direction with unique styling, highly customizable integrated RGB lighting, and intelligent fan/lighting control built-in thanks to its included COMMANDER CORE XT. The iCUE 5000T RGB is the whole package and is ready to go with 3x LL120mm RGB fans to give you a jump start on your next system upgrade. Cool Under Pressure Upgrading your CPU cooler may be all your system needs to unlock more performance. And if you’re looking to squeeze every megahertz of performance from your processor, our ELITE LCD Series all-in-one liquid CPU coolers are up to the task. The CORSAIR iCUE ELITE LCD Series of CPU coolers offer extreme cooling with a personal digital dashboard.Available with radiator sizes ranging from 240mm to 420mm including our high-performing ML RGB ELITE Series fans, an ELITE LCD cooler may be just what the doctor ordered, giving you the performance you crave in a highly attractive package with brilliant RGB lighting and a highly customizable IPS display so that your favorite memes don’t have to stay dreams. Most modern computer cases allow for AIO liquid CPU coolers like the ELITE LCD to be mounted to the front of the case with the cooling fans set as an intake to directly pull in fresh, cooler air from outside the case. However, if you’re using a high-end graphics card that dumps a lot of heat into your computer case, you can also mount the radiator for your AIO liquid CPU cooler at the top of your case with the fans set to exhaust out the top. This configuration serves as a good balance for managing both CPU and GPU temps, with the GPU (a component that can produce a lot of heat while gaming) receiving air unobstructed from your case’s front intake. Installing and setting up a CORSAIR ELITE LCD CPU liquid cooler is a quick and easy way to unlock the performance of your processor while giving you a highly customizable display and brilliant RGB lighting.ELITE LCD Series coolers are compatible with modern Intel and AMD sockets and backed by a 5-year warranty so you can rest assured that your cooler will keep your hardware in check until your next big move. Quiet Powerhouse A PC power supply or PSU is often overlooked when it comes to first-time builds or upgrades, but a good power supply will last you for multiple builds, so why not aim for one that’ll give you fantastic performance now and in the future? Most mid-to-high end gaming PC builds tend to sit at around 750-850W when it comes to the capabilities of their PSU. This doesn’t mean that the system will pull that much wattage from the wall. In fact, you’ll likely see a PSU using roughly 80% of their rated wattage which is a sweet spot for performance in terms of efficiency. This goldilocks zone is where you want your build to be at, and yes if you do go over that 80% mark to use all the juice your PSU can muster, it’ll be fine (just less efficient). If you tend to pick components with similar power draw, that one PSU will last you for multiple upgrades and rebuilds backed by a warranty of up to 10 years with a top-of-the-line model. But what if you think you might kick things up a notch next time you do an upgrade? Most CORSAIR power supplies are fully modular, making them easy to install and reduce cable bulk by only using the cables you need for your build.Flagship hardware is becoming more power hungry. The latest enthusiast processors and graphics cards are already pushing 240W and 350W respectively, putting a high end build at near the 80% mark for just those components if using a 750W PSU. If you plan to load up on fans, lighting, and storage drives, you’ll be best served by picking up at least an 850W power supply or maybe 1000W for peace of mind so your PSU can run cooler, quieter, and provide better efficiency for those times when your system is running at 100%. Closing Thoughts Now is a great time to upgrade your PC and unlock the performance built in! CORSAIR components make building easier than ever and are backed by top notch customer service and industry-leading warranties. If you’re planning to upgrade your gaming PC or plan to build an entirely new rig, join our communities over at the CORSAIR User Forums, CORSAIR Community Discord, or the CORSAIR subreddit!
It’s the season for upgrades, with new hardware and the latest technologies, you might be considering upgrading your system. Today we’ll take a quick look at some key upgrades you can make. Plan Your Next Power Move So you’re going to be swapping some core components for your build, but what’s out there? Let’s get the TL;DR on some key component upgrades. Memory Matters System memory is used to keep your processor fed with information, be it something as simple as a document or webpage you’re viewing or the mountain of layers or video assets you’re chewing through in Photoshop or Premiere. Having enough memory available for the task at hand is important, otherwise your system will fall back on slower storage (usually in the form of a pagefile on your primary boot drive) which will result in severely reduced performance. Memory speed is also a factor, generally the faster your system memory is, the more responsive your system will be which helps considerably in CPU-intensive games and any other task that puts your CPU to heavy use. If you’re just gaming, 16GB is the current sweet spot for performance with enough capacity to handle the growing demands of games as virtual environments have become larger and more detailed. In terms of raw speed, DDR4-3600 is recommended for AMD platforms and provides a good balance in terms of overall cost vs. performance in CPU-intensive games and programs. If you’re upgrading an Intel system, memory speed isn’t as crucial, so memory kits rated for DDR4-3000 and DDR4-3200 are popular options for most gaming builds. For content creation, capacity plays a substantial role in performance (while overall speed doesn’t matter as much). A 32GB kit would be the minimum if you’re juggling a lot of high-resolution assets for your streams or working on highly complex video projects. As we mentioned earlier the more memory you have available, the less often your system will need to dip into its pagefile, resulting in more consistent performance as you work through large media projects. If you’re going all in on the new Intel® 12th Gen Core Series, you’ll be looking at the bleeding edge of technology and need all-new DDR5 memory. The strategy is the same, but the numbers are cranked up to a whole new level (and it wouldn’t hurt to future-proof your build bit while you’re at it). For a DDR5 gaming rig, try shooting for a 32GB kit of DDR5-4800, this should be plenty fast and give you quite the buffer for games for the foreseeable future. When it comes to content creation, more RAM is always better, so shoot for a 64GB kit (it’s alright to drop the speed a bit). For DDR5, you’ve got the choice of our sleek and stealthy VENGEANCE DDR5 kits. And if you want to make a splash and have better cooling performance, our DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB Series and CORSAIR-exclusive DHX cooling technology make a return. Pick Up the Pace SSDs have been getting faster and larger each year, if your current platform (or the one you’re upgrading to) supports PCIe Gen4, you’ll be able to take full advantage of a PCIe Gen 4-capable SSD like the MP600 PRO XT. A fast SSD means faster loading times in games or when opening a large video and/or photo project. The MP600 PRO XT is available in sizes up to 4TB and can hit transfer speeds of up to 7.1 GB/s! And if you’re looking for a healthy mix of speed AND capacity, our MP600 CORE is available with capacities of up to 8TB! Keeping the Lights On If you’ve gotten this far, you’re definitely in the mood to upgrade, but don’t overlook your power supply. If you’re looking for higher efficiency, modular cables, or need more breathing room for beefier components, we’ve got you! If you’re doing a no-frills build with an entry-level graphics card (or even just integrated graphics), a 650W – 750W modular or semi modular power supply would go a long way, giving you some wiggle room for future upgrades. Serious gaming requires serious power. With higher-end graphics cards recommending at least an 850W PSU, if you want to future-proof a bit, consider going for at least 1000W. And if you go for a model with modular cables, you can swap them out for different colors to match your build. Cooler and Quieter If your system’s cooler is having trouble keeping up with the heat put out by your processor or if it’s running louder than you like, it may be time to upgrade to a new cooling solution. Our new ELITE LCD Series is available with radiator sizes of 240mm, 360mm, and 420mm and provides plenty of cooling performance for high end processors to keep throttling at bay. Not to mention, the vibrant LCD screen on these coolers lets you further customize your build (or provide at a glance cooling info in real-time). Speaking of cooler upgrades, if you’ve got an ELITE CAPELLIX Series cooler, you can pick up the ELITE LCD Upgrade Kit to give you the same spectacular screen found on our ELITE LCD Series. And if you’re upgrading to a new Z690 motherboard and Intel® 12th Gen Core Series processor, make sure to pick up this LGA 1700 Retrofit Kit which includes the required standoffs for Intel®’s new CPU socket (ELITE LCD Coolers include this already in the box). If you’re looking for a fan upgrade, consider our ML PRO Series PWM fans which run quietly while offering high performance thanks to their magnetic levitation bearing. And with our new ML RGB ELITE fans, you get the added benefit of AirGuide technology which helps direct airflow precisely where you need it. And if you want some more style with your cooling, our QL Series and LL Series are popular choices for those wanting to make a statement with their cooling, incorporating a dazzling array of RGB LEDs into the fan frame. A new case could also be the solution for better cooling performance. While many of our cases take airflow into consideration, we’ve developed airflow-focused models that help you bring cool, fresh air into your system to keep your components running as cool as possible. Our 4000, 5000, and 7000 Series AIRFLOW cases, provide plenty of options outfit your system with a much-needed cooling upgrade whether it be fans and/or liquid cooling! Speaking of liquid cooling, if you want to take your build to the next level, our HYDRO X Series custom liquid cooling components are ready to help you tame your temperatures with the ability to incorporate multiple radiators into your loop and allow you to turn your fans down for whisper quiet operation. Check out our cooling configurator to explore the wide variety of components compatible with your current hardware or your next upgrade. High Performance, Out of the Box If a complete system upgrade is what you’re looking for, our VENGEANCE GAMING PC and CORSAIR ONE systems may be more your speed. VENGEANCE GAMING PCs are built with the same off-the-shelf parts we all love, offering high performance, reliability, and more importantly allowing the system to be upgraded easily as new hardware comes out in the future. If you want compact power, the CORSAIR ONE takes the same formula of high-performance, off-the-shelf components and packs it into phenomenally small 12 liter package, allowing for quick and easy setup and whisper quiet performance. Choose Your Upgrade Path Upgrading your PC is easier than ever, whether you’re simply upgrading a few parts to speed up your current system or building an entirely new PC from the ground up! CORSAIR has everything you need to get the most out of your hardware. Building a new rig? Join the conversation over on the CORSAIR User Forums, Community Discord, or Reddit!
Our lineup of liquid CPU coolers gets a drastic upgrade with our new ELITE LCD Series. Based on our ELITE CAPELLIX liquid CPU coolers, the ELITE LCD coolers feature all-new 120mm/140mm ML RGB ELITE fans and a vibrant 2.1” IPS display on the pump top surrounded by an array of bright RGB LEDs. ELITE LCD Coolers ELITE LCD coolers come in H100i / H150i / and H170i variants with radiator sizes ranging from 240mm to 420mm. With the new coolers comes a new AM4 mounting solution that utilizes your AM4 motherboard’s backplate to securely fasten the pump head to the AM4 socket. We also include new standoffs that are compatible with Intel’s new LGA 1700 socket for upcoming motherboards and processors (installation is similar to previous Intel sockets, utilizing the pre-installed Intel mounting bracket and a provided Intel backplate). Installation follows the same general steps as our previous coolers, with the addition of a USB Y-Splitter cable so that you can connect the ELITE LCD module and the included COMMANDER CORE fan/lighting controller to a single USB 2.0 header on your motherboard. Upgrades for ELITE CAPELLIX Coolers If this all looks great to you, but you want to keep your current ELITE CAPELLIX cooler, you can upgrade your cooler with the new ELITE LCD Upgrade Kit. Installation is quick and easy, however we strongly recommend that you update to the latest version of iCUE (version 4.16 or newer) and install the latest firmware for your cooler for the smoothest experience. Also, if you want to further upgrade your ELITE CAPELLIX cooler, you can find the LGA 1700 retrofit kit here that includes just the standoffs needed for LGA 1700 sockets and if you need an entirely new set of mounting hardware (including the new AM4 mounting bracket as well as a set of LGA 1700 standoffs) you can find that here. If you’re looking for a fresh set of fans, our ML RGB ELITE fans bring a fresh look with cool and quiet performance with AirGuide Technology to help focus airflow out the back of the frame and our fan-favorite magnetic levitation bearing that reduces noise and lasts longer than traditional bearing fans. If you’re upgrading a cooler that can control CORSAIR RGB fans already, we suggest picking up single pack fans here. Closing Thoughts All-in-one CPU liquid coolers are a great way to not just get high-performance cooling for your system, but also make a statement with brilliant RGB lighting that’s taken to the next level with a vibrant IPS display! Our ELITE Series coolers combine powerful fan and lighting control into a single package and are easy to upgrade and expand on with the ability to address and control up to six CORSAIR RGB PWM fans! If you’re upgrading your system with a CORSAIR liquid CPU cooler, join the conversation over on the CORSAIR User Forums, Community Discord, or Reddit!
The CORSAIR XENEON 32QHD165 brings your games and media to life on a vibrant, ultra-slim 32-inch QHD (2560 x1440) display with IPS LED technology. A 165Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time reduce motion blur and ensure you see every frame your PC outputs, while AMD FreeSync™ Premium ensures smooth, tear-free visuals. Aside from its vibrant display, the CORSAIR XENEON 32QHD165 is equipped with full iCUE Software support with iCUE NEXUS and Elgato Stream Deck integration, allowing you to change Picture Modes, turn on Eye Saver, and more without having to navigate the more traditional OSD built into the monitor. Full VESA 100mm x 100mm mount compatibility is here, giving you options to mount to a wall, arm or multi-monitor stand! A built-in mounting point is included in the stand, allowing you to use rigging systems like Elgato’s Multi Mount with our XENEON Camera Mount Adapter and Elgato Flex Arm L / S (both the XENEON Camera Mount Adapter and Elgato Flex Arm L / S are sold separately). The robustness of the stand allows for the XENEON 32QHD165 to be fitted with a variety of accessories from DSLR cameras to lights for your stream! More details about the monitor can be found in our Quick Start Guide: (QSG – English) We’ve also put together a series of tutorial videos to help you get started (or just learn more) about the different key features of the monitor: We’re excited to introduce our first entry in the gaming monitor space with the CORSAIR XENEON 32QHD165! To join the conversation, check out our communities over at the CORSAIR User Forum, Reddit, and Discord!
The HS80 RGB WIRELESS is a mix of iconic CORSAIR design, superb audio quality, industry-leading wireless technology, all wrapped up in a durable, light-weight build. When connected via USB, you can experience true high-fidelity 24bit/96kHz audio or take advantage of the hyper-fast SLIPSTREAM wireless connection with a range of up to 60ft and 20 hours of battery life. The HS80 RGB WIRELESS also comes with immersive Dolby Atmos when used on PC to give you detailed sound while utilizing the 50mm high-density neodymium audio drivers. The headband strap design is made with a flexible leather and fabric combo that’s easily adjustable so that it fits a wide range of head shapes. To adjust the fit of the headband, release the inner straps on both sides of the headset and change the length to your desired fit and reattach the straps to secure the adjustment. It’s that easy! The earcups have on-ear volume and mute controls with a smooth scrolling volume wheel on the left side. Additionally, you also get a broadcast-grade omni-directional microphone that captures voice with terrific clarity and has a flip-up mute function with a built-in LED indicator. The earcup cushions are soft and comfortable with the ability to detach for easy replacement and cleaning. To detach the earcup cushions, lay the headset down with the cushions facing up. Then turn the earcups outwards to release and remove. To reattach, reverse the process and turn the earcups inwards to secure them back in place. That’s it! If you’d like to see a video tutorial on the above mentioned details about the CORSAIR HS80 RGB WIRELESS headset, please check out the YouTube link below.
When it comes to gaming mice, speed is of the utmost importance. High polling rates and lightning-fast switches work together to register your inputs as fast as possible. With the new M65 RGB ULTRA, we’re bringing optical switches to gaming mice. As you might recall, the K100 RGB introduced OPX optical-mechanical switches to our lineup of gaming keyboards, but now you may be asking, “what is an optical switch?” and “how would an optical switch benefit me?” Don’t worry! Hopefully by the end of this, you’ll not only understand what an optical switch is, but how they can also improve your game! A Review of Traditional Switches Typical mechanical switches and buttons rely on the physical contact of a metal plate to close a circuit that is then reported as a key or button press. Mechanical switches have been refined greatly over time and are great choices to this day for gaming, however they still rely on mechanical contacts that wear out over time and vibrate or “bounce” once released, causing unintentional secondary inputs which need to be accounted for in firmware in the form of a “debounce delay” adding to overall click latency. What’s an Optical Switch? An optical switch swaps out the physical contact for a beam of infrared light that registers a keypress or mouse button click once the beam is broken. Benefits of Optical Switches Since an optical switch works with a beam of light rather than the coming together of metal contacts, we’re able to eliminate switch bounce entirely. With switch bounce out of the equation, additional click latency in the form of a debounce delay isn’t needed so the mouse or keyboard is able to instantly register another input once the button has reset. Another benefit of optical switches is improved durability as the lack of metal contacts substantially simplifies the design of the switch, removing the metal contacts that will wear out over time. Closing Thoughts Whether you’re using a mouse or keyboard, optical switches provide a competitive edge, ensuring that your inputs are registered as fast as possible and with the added durability, you can game with confidence knowing that your hardware will stand up to the test of time. To learn more about our optical switch offerings, check out the K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard or our M65 RGB Ultra lineup. To join the gaming hardware discussion, check out our communities over on the CORSAIR User Forum, Discord, and Reddit!
Picking the right chassis for your build is essential for thermal performance especially with modern components that are now drawing more power and producing more heat as the industry continues to push higher speeds and overclocking limits. Let’s discuss the importance of what we at CORSAIR call, Direct Airflow Path in PC case designs. When setting up your case fans, having the right balance between intake and exhaust airflow is something to keep in mind. A very common setup would have case fans set to intake from the front panel of your chassis whereas exhaust fans would typically be configured on the top and rear panels. Pulling fresh cold air through the front panel allows the airflow path to pass directly over your graphics card, CPU, and RAM to keep them cool. Heat naturally rises, so having the exhaust fans on the top and rear panels would help guide the hot air out of the case. Some PC cases like the Crystal Series 680X RGB even have room on the bottom panel where fans can be setup for intake to increase cold airflow. CORSAIR 400R (Left). CORSAIR 750D (Right)Looking at an older chassis like the CORSAIR 400R isn’t too different from many modern budget cases and will have permanently fixed drive cages sitting right up against the inside of the front panel. CORSAIR 750D drive cages reducing airflow from front panel intake fans.The CORSAIR 750D took advantage of the emerging trend towards 2.5″ SSDs by allowing you to mount them against the back of the case while featuring removable 3.5″ hard drive cages that could be taken out to allow air to flow in more directly from the front panel fans, it did still support a 5.25″ ODD bay which limited the front panel to just two 120mm fans in the front. CORSAIR 4000D Airflow Side ViewAs case design has evolved, massive dedicated drive cages, and ODD bays have largely fallen out of favor due to the increasing popularity of fast M.2 storage solutions and the digital delivery of games/other software. A modern CORSAIR chassis like the CORSAIR 4000D Airflow was designed for airflow (as you could probably tell by the name) with generously perforated cutouts on the front panel and takes advantage of these trends by keeping its single removable drive cage within the PSU shroud and omitting an ODD bay altogether, allowing for direct airflow from the front panel intake fans. As we mentioned before an older chassis like the 400R and 750D can also be adjusted for better direct airflow by simply removing the drive cages. If you are using multiple drives for your storage, consider switching to 2.5″ SSDs and mount them against the back panel instead. Not only does this solution free up obstructions to the front panel intake fans, but you’ll also be benefitting from faster solid state drives compared to traditional 3.5″ drives. Another thing to keep in mind is how airflow can affect the pressure inside your case. If you have more intake airflow than exhaust, then you’ll most likely have a positive pressure. Conversely, more exhaust than intake airflow will cause a negative pressure. Generally speaking, positive pressure is better because air will naturally be forced or find its way out of the case through perforations or other openings. That said, it’s best not to have things like unmanaged cable clutter shoved in a corner or stacks of drive cages in front of your intake fans that hinder direct airflow. CORSAIR Crystal Series 680X RGB with 3 intake fans on front and 5 exhaust fans resulting in negative pressure.In the 680X RGB case build above, if the two bottom fans were flipped around to become intake fans, then the resulting pressure inside this case would most likely be positive instead. In summary, pick a case without obstructions to your intake fans no matter where they are placed. If you happen to pick a case that does have obstructions to those intake fans, it would be best to adjust and remove those for better airflow. Then finally, have decent cable management so they aren’t cluttered in areas that would restrict airflow path. If you’d like to learn more about the DC vs PWM fans and how they work, check out the following video from our CORSAIR Lab YouTube channel.
You’ve heard of shark week… but have you heard of FAN WEEK? CORSAIR has a wide variety of internal components for PC builds with cooling and fans being among our most popular. What’s not to love when you can get the cooling you need for your processor or graphics card AND glorious RGB all at once? To celebrate one of our “coolest” product categories, our social media channels and our Memeology department will be focusing entirely on Fans from August 23rd to August 30th. It’ll be all fans for as far as the eye can see. (That’s “fans” as in the product, not “fans” as in the loving community that supports us) If you haven’t already, follow us over on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and even TikTok for only the best PC fan-related posts! And if you have questions about fans or other CORSAIR hardware, join the discussion over on our new User Forum or our community on Discord while you’re at it!
We’ve partnered up with our friends at HWBOT to put together an overclocking competition that everyone can participate in before we celebrate the launch of DDR5 later this year! Who’s eligible? Do you have a PC that can overclock and uses CORSAIR DDR4 memory? Then you’re able to participate once the first stage of the competition opens up on August 15th! What do I need to enter? – You must use retail CORSAIR DDR4 memory – No engineering/qualification samples of other components are allowed – The rig you use must be yours and you must use the same platform (CPU/motherboard) for all 3 stages of the contest. A kit of CORSAIR memory and a system capable of overclocking are required.What about cooling? (Do I need LN2 or a chiller to compete?) To make this competition as accessible as possible, only ambient cooling solutions are permitted. So any standard gaming rig with an air or liquid cooler is fine (as long as you’re using a kit of CORSAIR DDR4). Air cooling, AIO liquid cooling, and custom liquid cooled systems are permitted.How will this work? There are three stages to the competition and each stage lasts about 2 weeks to give you time to tweak your OC and submit your scores to HWBOT. You’ll be given points based on how well you do for each stage and those points will be added up to calculate your overall ranking.<br> More information about eligibility and competition rules can be found over at HWBOT’s article. What’s in it for me? We’ve put together a list of prizes for 1st through 5th place rankings as well as a raffle for all participants, including awesome products like our RM1000X PSU, MP600 PRO PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD, K60 RGB PRO SE gaming keyboard, and Sabre RGB PRO Gaming mouse! But there’s more… it is a DRAM OC competition after all, so we’re throwing in some DDR5 memory kits as prizes, these will be delivered after DDR5 launches, but they are certainly something to look forward to if you’ve been planning to upgrade later this year! Let’s Do This! If you’re interested and think you have what it takes to take on this overclocking challenge, you can enter at the submission page.<br>
To join the discussion on CORSAIR memory products and overclocking, check out our newly updated User Forums and be sure to check out our communities over on Discord and Reddit!