Installation and Finished Product
There is not an included back plate; instead, you send four long screws through the motherboard, after adding in a nylon washer. This is it as far as it goes here, but you will be using the supplied wrench to tighten things down on the top.
To make the rest of the installation much simpler, after adding the rest of the nylon washers, you need to tighten nuts all the way down to make the long studs a solid part of the motherboard without damaging it.
From there, you simply apply the TIM, set the UC-2LT on top, drop on the springs and washers, and then tighten things down with the thumbscrews. The only note here is you should not completely compress the springs, as per the manual. So, when we got to this point, we backed the screws off a full turn, just to be safe.
We also mounted the fans to the radiator, and you will have to come up with the wrench for that, because the one supplied with the water block is too large for this. We also went ahead and added the fittings and the caps, so we were ready to go when it came to adding the tubing.
We also went ahead and prepped the pump for the chassis, and our layout. We added the foam pad to the other side for our mounting needs, and we also found that we wanted a straight fitting going out of the pump, but to simplify tubing, the angled fitting is perfect on its inlet.
While we were at it, we also went ahead and set up the Balancer 150 for installation. With one run of tubing going to the CPU, we came out the side for that. As for the other tube, that will go to the pump below the reservoir, so we added the fitting there, and were sure to fill all other ports with the caps.
After getting the radiator where we wanted it, putting the motherboard back in, hanging the reservoir, and sticking the pump to a fan support at the bottom, we added in the tubing, and were ready to get started with filling and bleeding the loop.
Without the glow of red LEDs in the fans, and the few bubbles still left in the reservoir from tipping things around to remove any air from the loop, it is difficult for even us to know much of anything has changed, and we built it. Being a fans of colored tubing rather than colored coolant, we like the finished results. With the clear reservoir, we can easily detect flow, visibly see if anything is in the liquid, or if it has changed color or consistency.
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