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Old 07-13-2009, 08:13 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Wow what a PITA! I got it in though I had to mount it in an unconventional way. Its kinda hard to explain. I basically clipped the short end of the mounting clip onto the bracket. Screwed in the bracket onto the MB. Then I had to put an ungodly amount of pressure to push the second clip on the bracket.

Sheesh, if there are problems I might just order the True (gotta research it though) or I should've gone with the Dark Knight instead...

I didnt buy the 920 retail... Ahh man. Will update again soon.

The fan is now facing the Video card. Not sure if this is right...
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Old 07-13-2009, 08:17 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Old 07-13-2009, 08:24 PM   #53 (permalink)
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I dont know if I want to put in that much work for moderate OCing. Ill check it out though.

Some good new so far. I checked to see if everything powers up and work out of the case. I get a display and everything which is great. Fans for the GPU, HSF, and PSU works.

Anything else I should look out for before I put it in the case?
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Try mounting the heatsink sideways. Have the fan side face vertically instead of horizontally. That's what I did, but for different reasons.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:34 PM   #55 (permalink)
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I wish I could, but the MB capacitors are in the way.

As long as there is a fan on top of the case, it should be cool right?

update:

i would like to say that i got it up and running. installed windows 7 rc and beginning to install everything else. so far so good...

Update: Posting from my new build.

A picture of the CPU temps. Like I said earlier, I had trouble installing it (an hour atleast!) but the temps came out pretty nice. Ambient temperature is ~21C



Ill post some pics up tomorrow. I would've taken pics through out the day as I was building it, but that HSF was a tough one. Never felt so frustrated in awhile.
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Old 07-15-2009, 06:57 AM   #56 (permalink)
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Ran into a little scare earlier. I decided to move some cables around to make things a little neater behind the MB. I used some electrical tape to tape the 3-pin connector of the exhaust fan onto the motherboard tray. Tried to power on the computer and it tries to but fails. Fans spin momentarily before dying. I guess it was the way I taped it or something because after I removed it, the computer powered on. Ah stupid me...
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That's weird because electrical tape is used to insulate wires, maybe a part of the power connector was touching the motherboard tray.
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Old 07-20-2009, 05:12 PM   #58 (permalink)
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That's weird because electrical tape is used to insulate wires, maybe a part of the power connector was touching the motherboard tray.
Yeah, I incorrectly taped the connectors .

My internet was down for the last 5 days so wasnt able to upload pics.







I think I couldve done better for cable management, but that was all done in that one day. After finishing the build and cable management that day, I was like "screw it, leave it at that" and havent really done much since other then adding a sound card. Looks alright though I guess. Ill try to get some new pictures of the back of the motherboard and snap a few pics overall.
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A tip for the core contact, if you take a pair of needle nose pliers and slide them over where the bracket "arms" bend. Then squeeze the pliers to smush the bend down a bit. It makes mounting a whole lot easier. I ran into the same problem the first time I put mine one. Had to get someone to hold the heatsink steady while I practically leaned on the **** thing.
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:21 PM   #60 (permalink)
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A tip for the core contact, if you take a pair of needle nose pliers and slide them over where the bracket "arms" bend. Then squeeze the pliers to smush the bend down a bit. It makes mounting a whole lot easier. I ran into the same problem the first time I put mine one. Had to get someone to hold the heatsink steady while I practically leaned on the **** thing.
I thought of doing something similar to that. Instead of squishing the clip, I thought of cutting a little bit of the plastic on the sides of the bracket where the clips slip into. i wanted to make it shorter so that the clips could slip in, but decided against it. Your tip looks much better though.

The way I did it was I first hooked the short end of the clip on the HS onto one of the ends of the bracket.


Heres a pic showing the clips.

I hook the short end of the clip to the end of the bracket, which is NOT screwed onto the motherboard yet. Yeah, I know thats not how it should be done but that was the only way I could hook the short clip of the HSF onto the bracket without any interference.

After I hooked the end onto the bracket, I started to screw in the bracket onto the motherboard. Once that was in, I had to push the other clip into the other side of the bracket with a crazy amount of force. After that, everything was mounted on nicely.

Which motherboard are you using and which way did you mount the HSF?
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