I haven't opened the case up in a while, but last time I looked I didn't see any mounts for fans. I suppose a solution could be fabricated using zip ties or drilling holes, but I don't actually have a temperature or airflow problem.
Not having a front fan actually has some benefits - like not pulling in dust. Most cases that are designed for intake fans have integrated dust filters, and we all know those require regular cleaning.
Now, I should mention that the room this PC is in a room that never gets hot and I'm using the PC normally (programming and gaming). The GPU isn't overclocked and I run games using reasonable settings so I'm never seeing extreme temps. Now, if you're using the computer for 24/7 crypto mining, then sure, you might want to think about more aggressive cooling :)
I'm personally gonna wait on the RTX cards, especially at the $1200 price point (the 2080ti). Once more games in the future support Deep Learning Super Sampling and Realtime Ray Tracing, that technology will be more compelling. But as of right now, people would probably question my life choices if I told them I spent over one thousand dollars to make Tomb Raider look slightly nicer.
Unfortunately, this computer did not come with a Quadro card.
Thank you sir! Recently added a Soundblaster G5 USB soundcard, Sennheiser Game One headset, and Oculus Rift. Maybe get a 1080ti next year?
Great choice! Enjoy and have fun!
Thanks for the comment!
If you are dead-set on the 960, you should have no problem since there are folks on the Dell forum using 970s on the stock PSU (not recommended, but possible).
I would highly recommend getting the 970. From what I've read, the 970 is perfect for 1080p gaming and you'd be all set for a while. If I went the 970 route, I'd get the Asus 970 Mini.
Upgrade the HDD to a SSD if you haven't already. Probably one of the best upgrades you can make on any PC.
Consider upgrading the PSU anyways. The PSUs that come with store bought computers are inefficient at converting AC power from the wall to DC power that your computer components use. This means they waste energy and also generate excess heat in doing so. Better PSUs also filter the power to provide a cleaner current to your expensive PC components. Lastly, modular PSU cables look better and take up less space inside the case since you only use what you need.
One of the guys I spoke to at PAX (either worked for Aion or In Win - I couldn't tell) recommended I check out their site as well. It's a gorgeous case, but I was noodling it over the weekend and I honestly don't have a nice enough house (or even desk) to show off that work of art. I'll have to live vicariously through you my friend for now! :)
Great cable management! I love seeing folks take the extra time to neatly organize the cables on the back panel instead of cramming everything in.
Was at PAX East yesterday and decided I wanted to do an InWin 909 build with all EK watercooling next. Can't wait to see your finished pics!
Great build. Love the EVGA gear and the fact that it is air cooled. Hue+ looks awesome, too.
I love the Asus and Acer gaming monitors, but I have to recommend the Dell S2716DG which you can get for under $600 now. Absolutely no complaints and 1440p gaming in 144hz is a game changer.
Edit: It is TN, not IPS, but it still looks gorgeous to me.
Awesome build. I was having a hard time finding a picture of an Air 240 with the rear 80mm exhausts (everyone seems to do the dual 120mm setup on top). Glad to see you used Noctua fans as well. Kudos for using the stock EVGA PSU cables instead of spending another $100 for the "individually sleeved" ones (the stock ones look great in my opinion)... Also, as somebody in the same boat as you (hadn't done a custom build in years), I can totally relate. You think you have everything ready to go, then you find out something doesn't fit (or that an EVGA Z170 mobo doesn't have a USB 2.0 header to control your liquid cooler or fan controller). Thank god for the internet and this website!
Thanks for the quick reply - those numbers are very good for an air cooler! Cheers.
Awesome build - I'm going to go with that case and mobo next. How are the temps with the Noctua cooler?
Intel 4790. 3.6ghz base clock, 4.0ghz boosted.
Thanks for the comment, Bobby. The only thing you'll hear during gaming are the 2 EVGA fans on the video card cooler. They get loud, but not loud enough to hear when you have headphones on.
Part of the intrigue for me was to see if I could even do it - given the space and thermal limitations of the existing setup. Your Corsair 760T build looks awesome.
Haha, yeah, I was banking on the upgraded cooler and Delta 4800 RPM fan. Looks like Michael Dell got the last laugh. Nvidia's max temp is around 90C and Intel around 100C I believe, so I'm not too worried; but you also won't see me lurking around r/overclocking either :) Thanks for the comment and enjoy your Thermaltake build!
Wow so clean!