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ASRock X299 Mini-ITX and SO-DIMM OC and Build Guide (Page 3)

By Steven Bassiri from Nov 23, 2017 @ 11:55 CST

Installing the Custom Mini-ITX Cooling System


Now we will go over some of the special precautions we must use when installing the block and putting together the new type of custom AIO cooler.


You must use a knife or scissors to cut the thermal pads and place them on the VRM components. I would use some high-quality thermal grease for the CPU, maybe something like Thermal Grizzly, or whatever high performance paste you can get.


Never forget that the VRM part of the monoblock needs to be screwed down with the special Allen wrench and special screws provided in the block's package. If you do not use these screws, the block will not make contact with the thermal pads on the VRM parts. It's also much easier to remove the USB/SATA daughterboard to install the block, but when you reinstall the card, you need to make sure to screw it to the block (the block is designed to have it screw in).


The block has markings telling you which tub is for water input and which is for the output. You should screw the input to the block to the pump and the output to the radiator. It is very important you have the right inputs and outputs, and that's why I have marked them. You must also mount the radiator/pump/reservoir combo upright, otherwise, you will have many problems as the reservoir won't feed the pump correctly. I mounted the cooler with a makeshift screw and bolt combination on the Open Bench Table (OBT).


You might be wondering what the small solid tube in the fitting is for, and it's to help you fill the system with coolant and then to help you get the bubbles out and trade places with the liquid. It also allows you to fill the system all the way to the brim; you fill up the tube halfway up, let the bubbles out, and then get the remaining liquid in the tube out (you can even use a paper towel). You can see the many bubbles in the system and why you need to get them out, turning the system on and off helps, and you can use the PSU jumper included with the AIO to do that with a PSU switch.


The unit comes with two RGB fans, and a controller is also present, so you don't need to another RGB LED controller. I plugged the monoblock's RGB wire into the motherboard, while I used the controller included with the AIO for the fans. There are another splitters and connectors, and you won't need to buy anything else to make everything work.


The final solution is beautiful. I even got the RGBs in the block (which look awesome) to match the RGBs on the fans, which also match the light blue color in the tubes.

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