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TweakTown's Guide To Water Cooling Made Easy (Page 4)

Andrew Jones | Oct 30, 2008 at 11:00 pm CDT - 1 min, 1 sec reading time for this page
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Now, the crux of a good water-cooling setup is having a case to put it in. I have my trusty GIGABYTE Aurora case which has plenty of bays as well as mounts on the rear for 2x120mm fans. But most importantly, it has a side window so I can show off the water-cooled beauty when it's complete.

TweakTown's Guide To Water Cooling Made Easy

TweakTown's Guide To Water Cooling Made Easy

Now it's time to start connecting it all up.

Step 1:

Mount the CPU in the motherboard and apply thermal gunk. I recommend a decent silver based compound as opposed to ceramic white gunk for better performance.

TweakTown's Guide To Water Cooling Made Easy

Then assemble the rear bracket according to instructions. Make sure you have the foam sandwich in between the metal bracket and the isolation layer; we wouldn't want any nasty shorts on the board!

TweakTown's Guide To Water Cooling Made Easy

TweakTown's Guide To Water Cooling Made Easy

TweakTown's Guide To Water Cooling Made Easy

Mount through the motherboard holes and seat your CPU water block on top. If you have the luxury of orientation that socket 775 allows for, then try to ensure that the block doesn't interfere with any surrounding components.

TweakTown's Guide To Water Cooling Made Easy

TweakTown's Guide To Water Cooling Made Easy

Slip on the plastic rings and then tighten each side down with equal force so that the CPU block is seated firmly, but not over tightened. Each screw should protrude the same amount from the top of each nut.

TweakTown's Guide To Water Cooling Made Easy

TweakTown's Guide To Water Cooling Made Easy

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