So this build started off due to the fact I was using a 7 year old laptop and getting 11 FPS while playing DOTA 2.....
I was tired of using a crap set-up and wanted to build a computer that could crush any game I throw at it as well as be able to handle Revit MEP without any issues. (I use Revit/ various CAD programs for work)
I am happy with how it turned out but there was a good amount of work involved getting everything to fit into the Air 240 case and my Motherboard was DOA. After doing some case mods in order to fit the CPU liquid cooler and Fury X cooler and waiting out the whole RMA process through EVGA it is now up and running without any issues.
CASE MODS: I originally thought both 120mm radiators for the liquid coolers would fit along the front of the case side by side but that was not the case. (pun intended) My first attempt at a solution was to remove the waterblock from the Fury X and route the radiator to the rear of the case and re-assemble the Fury X. I took the Fury X apart and turns out the waterblock tubing header is connected to the card fairly permanently and I could not remove it, (it may be possible but I was not confident in doing so without significant risk of damaging the card) So I reassembled the card and moved on to option 2.
The second option was to mount the CPU cooling radiator in the rear of the case in lieu of the gpu radiator. In order to route the tubing I had to remove the 2 grommet’s pictured and basically “merge” the 2 cable management holes in order to fit the waterblock through. Once I was able to fit the waterblock through it was basic assembly as usual.
THINGS TO NOTE: Everything fits and works fine but the Fury X fit is a little tight in the top PCI slot due to the I/O cover provided by EVGA. It fits and works fine but is definitely a little tighter than I would like. One solution would be to use the next slot down but I used the top slot and everything is ok.
The CPU radiator being in the rear of the case has not caused and issues and is working great. There are a lot of cable in the rear of the case and as long as you route/manage them efficiently everything works out.
Looking back at the build and if I had a do-over I would have just waited and got the AMD Nano and not done any case mods.
As far as Performance goes the only game I have played so far is Diablo 3 and with free sync disabled I have seen FPS over 200. I still haven’t put the system to the test and may do some benchmarks soon, we’ll see.