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The fit and finish of the Corsair Air 240 will not win any prizes. It's good enough out of the box, but as the side panels are fitted on and off over the course of a build, they bend and flex easily, and the so-called captive thumbscrews stop being captive. The bottom line is that sheet metal is a bit thin, the parts don't fit perfectly, and screw threads seem coarse and rough. Never mind: Assembly was easy enough, there were no nasty gotchas, and I didn't sustain any cuts.

Looking into the main section of the Corsair Air 240 from the bottom left corner. Two intake and one exhaust 120mm fans are standard.

The upper 3.5" drive cage on this side needs to be removed to gain full access to the back of the motherboard. A single thumbscrew does the job.

The dust filter on the PSU intake is a thin perforated sheet of flexible plastic with a magnetic perimeter. It works like a charm, peeling off and back on with ease.

As per our usual build procedure, the CPU was installed with its cooler on the motherboard, VGA card and SSD plugged in, mounted on an open desktop platform and powered up with the Seasonic G550. OS installation is almost always done prior to mounting components in the case; it is easier to access components if any obvious problems show up at this time.

Here is the Core i5-4690K in the Gigabyte Z97MX Gaming 5 motherboard, with Kingston HyperX RAM in the slots. Noctua heatsink mounting hardware was installed; all the Noctua cooler optioned for this build use the same base mounting hardware, which makes it really easy to swap them out if necessary.

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