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Build Notes

Gaming/Workstation

| CPU:               Intel Core i9-7900X
| CPU Cooler:        Corsair H100i v.2
| Thermal Compound:  Artic Silver 5
| Motherboard:       Asus TUF X299 Mark 1
| Memory:            Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR 128GB 2666MHz
| Internal Storage:  Samsung - 960 Pro 1TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
| External Storage:  (2)Samsung - 850 Pro 1TB SSD
| Video Card:        Corsair/MSI - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Hydro Video Card
| Case:              Corsair Air 540 Black
| Power Supply:      Corsair AX1200i
| Optical Drive:     Asus DRW/DVD/CD
| Operating system:  Windows 10 Pro
| Case fans:         (3)Noctua 120mm NF-S12a PWM, (2)Noctua 140mm NF-A14 PWM
| Monitor:           Dell 30" U3011 2560x1600
| Keyboard:          Corsair K65 LUX RGB
| Mouse:             Corsair Gaming GLAIVE RGB Gaming Mouse
| Other:             ICY DOCK MB324SP-B ExpressCage 4x2.5" SAS/SATA HDD Hot Swap
|                    DEMCiflex Dust Filter Kit for Corsair 540 Air - black
|                    SIENOC 19 Pin USB3.0 Female To 9 Pin USB2.0 Male Motherboard Cable
|                    Max Keyboard Cherry MX Rubber O-Ring Switch Dampeners 50A - 0.4mm 
|                    Cosmos Black silicone anti-dust stopper/plug set

CPU Intel Core i9-7900X

  • Still overclock tweaking...

CPU Cooler Corsair H100i v.2

Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5

Motherboard Asus TUF X299 Mark 1

  • Asus X299 Mark 1 originally had a discrete TPM header advertised (including the paper manual) but there is none. The online manual shows it has a fTPM (firmware TPM). Perhaps there was a re-design of the board to fix the initial vrm heat issues and the discrete TPM header was omitted.
  • Mark 1 BIOS has a menu option PCH-FW Configuration to setup the TPM. There is a Nuvoton TPM chip soldered on the board near the PCI slots.
  • There is only 1 usb 2.0 header on the board. Need 2. One for the CPU Corsair link and other for the PSU Corsair link. Used the SIENOC 19 Pin USB3.0 Female To 9 Pin USB2.0 Male Motherboard Cable Adapter but will also look at the CORSAIR Commander PRO, CL-9011110-WW, Digital Fan and RGB Lighting Controller which has 2 usb 2.0 headers.
  • Mark 1 did not post all 128GB memory. DIMM_A2 slot appears bad. Tested with every module an it will not recognize in BIOS. Submitted a return request for a replacement board.
  • May consider MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC board if Mark 1 does not work out. Link
  • UPDATE: new Mark 1 is working well and all DIMM slots are working

Memory Corsair DDR4 128GB 2666

  • MISTAKE: I originally ordered 2 kits of Corsair 64GB 2666 with same timings but different version levels. This may be the reason for the DIMM_A2 issue mentioned above. To rule out incompatible memory, I returned all the memory and I ordered 1 Corsair 128GB 2666 kit directly from Corsair's website. Also verified Mark 1 compatibility HERE

  • UPDATE: new 128GB kit worked out well and now all memory is posted

Internal Storage Samsung - 960 Pro 1TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive

External Storage Samsung - 850 Pro 1TB SSD

Video Card Corsair/MSI - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Hydro Video Card

  • It has a 120mm radiator and a Corsair White LED ML120 fan
  • I had to give up one fan mount in front of the case

Case Corsair Air 540

  • Originally I wished to get a Caselabs Mercury S8, however I have a finite amount of furniture space to fit the case and the S8 will not fit.
  • For dust protection I'm using
    • DEMCiflex Dust Filter Kit for Corsair 540 Air - black
    • Cosmos Black silicone anti-dust stopper/plug set
  • I am satisfied with the Corsair Air 540 as it fits perfectly. The only drawback is I wish the drive bays were horizontal.

Power Supply Corsair AX1200i

  • Mark 1 has a 4, 8, and 24pin connectors. It is recommended to use both 8pin & 4pin EPS connectors for overclocking at minimum (2 8pin is ideal). Another Corsair PSU 8pin CPU cable can be split at the end to 2 4pin connectors. Link
  • Checked compatibility flag for 2 EPS connections. The Corsair AX1200i has 2 EPS connectors. Specs, Picture
  • AX1200i only came with 1 8pin PSU cable. Ordered another Corsair PSU cable Link

Optical Drive Asus DRW/DVD/CD

Operating System Windows 10 Pro

Case Fan (3)Noctua 120mm NF-S12a PWM, (2)Noctua 140mm NF-A14 PWM

  • Replaced the default fans on the Corsair Air 540 with Corsair ML140, ML120

    • 1 ML140 in the front pulling air in.
    • 1 ML120 in the front pulling air into the Corsair/MSI - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Hydro Video Card
    • 1 ML 140 in the back pushing air out of the case.
    • 2 ML 120 on the top pulling air into the Corsair 100i v2 all-in-one CPU cooler
    • The fans are noisy due to dynamic speeds depending on load. Wish to set static speeds. Ordered CORSAIR Commander PRO, CL-9011110-WW, Digital Fan and RGB Lighting Controller to control the speeds.
    • May get a simple 5.25" drive bay fan controller with 4 knobs instead. Link
    • MISTAKE: The fans do not have any LED lighting. Considering replacing with Corsair White LED ML140mm & ML120mm Fan to match the Corsair/MSI - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Hydro Video Card that has the Corsair White LED ML120mm Fan.
  • UPDATE: The Corsair ML140, ML120 are too noisy. I ordered the Noctua fans and it made a world of difference.

Monitor Dell 30" U3011 2560x1600

Keyboard Corsair K65 - LUX RGB

  • Corsair K70- LUX RGB

    • This is a gaming mechanical keyboard with Cherry-MX BROWN switches. There were other Cherry-MX types to choose from (RED,BLUE,etc.), but BROWN is the best of both worlds for typing and gaming.
    • However, I disliked the noisy clacky button presses, so I ordered Max Keyboard Cherry MX Rubber O-Ring Switch Dampeners 50A - 0.4mm Reduction (130pcs)
    • It has 4 kickstands underneath. Using the back 2 gives the keyboard a nice angle, while using all 4 makes it almost flat.
    • The ability the change colors is awesome. Some of the color themes are too distracting. I chose a single static color.
    • I considered the Corsair STRAFE RGB Cherry MX Silent, but the build quality of the LUX is better. The LUX is brushed aluminum, has a braided cable, and a roller volume control.
  • UPDATE: Originally went withCorsair K70- LUX RGB but the keypad was taking up space for my mouse. The Corsair K65 - LUX RGB worked out well without the keypad. It has all the features of the K70 except the roller volume control.

Mouse Corsair Gaming GLAIVE RGB Gaming Mouse, Backlit RGB LED, 16000 DPI, Optical, Black

Other

  • ICY DOCK MB324SP-B ExpressCage 4x2.5" SAS/SATA HDD Hot Swap
  • DEMCiflex Dust Filter Kit for Corsair 540 Air - black
  • SIENOC 19 Pin USB3.0 Female To 9 Pin USB2.0 Male Motherboard Cable Adapter
  • Max Keyboard Cherry MX Rubber O-Ring Switch Dampeners 50A - 0.4mm Reduction (130pcs)
  • Cosmos Black silicone anti-dust stopper/plug set

Custom

Upgrades

Bonus YETI Rambler 30 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler with Lid

  • Not part of the build, but part of my computer station. Love the no sweat design to keep your drinks cold and your desk dry.
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Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Your poor cables... My cables are neatly tucked away and sheltered... Just as cables should be treated.

Suddenly I am craving spaghetti...

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

unzips ***** pack and spaghetti spills everywhere

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Now, it can't be that bad as a spaghetti bowl :)

Luckily the case is not for show and tell and is hidden from view within my desk. But I do plan to tidy up inside.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

spaghetti!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

"When I think of all the good-times that I've wasted, having good-times." Sorry, couldn't help myself.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Hehe, overall this build gave me good times...but I documented the bad times too. Having bad memory/motherboard was not fun and very frustrating.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Man, I hope you'll be able to get a replacement motherboard, or at the very least a refund so you can get a new one. Especially since you got an i9. By the way, what do you plan on using your PC for?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I got a replacement motherboard and memory. All is good now.

Will be used mostly for gaming, programming/development.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

2 things I like about this build:

4 bay Hot Swap in the 5.25'' bay.

and

Proper dust filtration in a Air 540.

Unfortunately I have to agree with everyone else here that there is no excuse to not cable manage especially in a Air 540 where you can hide most of those AIO, Front Panel, and USB cables in the secondary compartment. It isn't hard.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

Cable management is definitely on the to-do list! There actually isn't too much to do since most of the cables are already sleeved and look nice. Just need to sleeve the Corsair Link cables and AIO cables. I may have been premature taking photos and submitted the completed build. I thought it was possible to edit completed builds(?).

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it is possible to edit completed builds and add/remove pictures.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Good to know.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but wouldn't that optical drive be difficult to use sideways like that?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Optical drives function perfectly on their side. They're made for it.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Not that type, I have one, you would have to hold the disk in place as it is closing to avoid the disk from falling down and preventing the tray from closing

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

That sounds awful. Who uses disc drives these days anyway?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I use them a good bit, still in them pretty useful for storage

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it is a bit awkward inserting the disks in. It is the main drawback I have for this case, but the case's footprint is perfect for the confined space I have to put it in. I would have gone with the Caselabs Mercury S8 but it was a couple inches too tall.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, there is some slot loading drives, but they are expensive

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking into a slot loading drive. Thanks.

Eyeing this one right now DIGISTOR® 5.25" Internal Blu-ray Burner - Slot Load (DIG-68100)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Beefy as ****, but everything's Corsair. You can like get a Realforce or FC980C with that budget, but it's your preference, also, the cable management can use a little work. Otherwise, this thing would crush everything like they're pancakes.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. So far everything is working well. I am still tweaking to get the sweet spot for overclocking. I have not heard of the Realforce or FC980C (are they keyboard makers?). I have always been satisfied with Asus, Corsair, and Intel. But the Corsair fans let me down this time. I am very happy with the Noctua fans which are whisper quiet compared to the Corsair's.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Realforce is a Topre keyboard maker, and the FC980C is a keyboard by Leopold. Both are Topre keyboards that are generally considered end-game, the last keyboard you buy.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

The 540 air is one of the best boxes out there. The filter kit is nice but you could have gotten away without it entirely by creating a positive pressure environment. Also that rear fan filter is kind of pointless no?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks like my current configuration may be a negative pressure environment. Link

Another member here suggested I mount the H100i v2 to the front with the fans facing out and pulling air in. Then mount the GPU radiator to the rear vent and the 140mm fans on top pulling air out. I am moving to this direction. What configuration would work for a positive pressure environment?

Yes the rear fan filter only stops dust floating in when the computer is off.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Well truthfully leave the radiator up top with fans pushing up and out. Put 3x120 in front pulling in and leave the rear pushing out. I have this running now and dust is almost all on front filter now. See my build unryzen. So gpu rear and CPU top and 3 120's front.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Those ML fans have terrible QC, especially the 140's. Out of 6 I've purchased, only 2 were acceptable, and after a month they started making a buzzing noise too. You did good by getting rid of them. Those fans have ruined my faith in Corsair.

If this is a workstation, why the i9 instead of Threadripper? I've seen very few cases where the i9 has better performance.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I would guess 8GB?

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

So I can play 16 games at once :D

Actually, I've always wanted to max out the motherboard with RAM. It is excessive, but I do have other plans other than gaming.