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    Re: Apparent Successful First Build - A Few Concerns

    As ik9000 said some designs cannot be over tightened, it'll depend on which cooler it is.
    Vibration sounds are not good, it could more be the fan vibrating against the cooler, again down to which cooler your using.

    @ik9000, it's very easy what you do is fit the heatsink and hold the motherboard by it like a handle.
    Lower it in at an angle, get the IO lined up and in position, then lower down the other side so it's flat and you can screw it down.
    Must admit the Asus Q-Shield makes fitting a motherboard so much easier, thoes are IO shields that, instead of the annoying tabs, have a foil covered foam backing it makes aligning them much simpler.

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    Re: Apparent Successful First Build - A Few Concerns

    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    @ik9000, it's very easy what you do is fit the heatsink and hold the motherboard by it like a handle.
    Lower it in at an angle, get the IO lined up and in position, then lower down the other side so it's flat and you can screw it down.
    Must admit the Asus Q-Shield makes fitting a motherboard so much easier, thoes are IO shields that, instead of the annoying tabs, have a foil covered foam backing it makes aligning them much simpler.
    ouch - my cooler has so many fins i think it could make a good skin slicer if you try and use it to lift too much weight. Will try that approach next time i take it apart and see how it goes.

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    Re: Apparent Successful First Build - A Few Concerns

    An alternative to the q-shield is using a piece of insulating tape cut to 2-3mm wide. Before removing the headers wrap this thin piece of tape round them and they all stick together in a little bundle ready to be re-inserted.

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    Re: Apparent Successful First Build - A Few Concerns

    Hi there,

    You've just built a new system that looks close to the new build that I fancy building soon. Quick question: when you installed your new cpu cooler did you use thermal paste? I'm not sure if I need to buy any??

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    Re: Apparent Successful First Build - A Few Concerns

    Quote Originally Posted by Sigporsson View Post
    You've just built a new system that looks close to the new build that I fancy building soon. Quick question: when you installed your new cpu cooler did you use thermal paste? I'm not sure if I need to buy any??
    Which cooler are you using?

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    Re: Apparent Successful First Build - A Few Concerns

    Quote Originally Posted by Sigporsson View Post
    Hi there,

    You've just built a new system that looks close to the new build that I fancy building soon. Quick question: when you installed your new cpu cooler did you use thermal paste? I'm not sure if I need to buy any??
    who is this aimed at - presume you mean the OP?

    You need thermal paste. Always use thermal paste. Do you need to buy any? Well some coolers come with some, others dont. If you're just going to run the CPU with the stock cooler most of these come with TIM pre-applied. Even with other coolers generally the bundled TIM paste is not as good as premium pastes like arctic silver 5 or some of the ceramic ones.

    The difference is your CPU runs few degrees hotter at idle, though there can be more of a difference under load. I'd recommend getting some Arctic Silver 5, it's not too expensive and performs better than the paste you get eg with the megahalems, though that is still quite good paste. I understand it lasts a bit longer than some other brands, though that might be some hearsay I've picked up along the way.

    There's a website that did a comprehensive test on the different pastes - I'll hunt it down when I get home and post the link.

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    Re: Apparent Successful First Build - A Few Concerns

    Quote Originally Posted by Domestic_Ginger View Post
    Which cooler are you using?
    Probably go with the Akasa Venom

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    Re: Apparent Successful First Build - A Few Concerns

    Quote Originally Posted by ik9000 View Post
    who is this aimed at - presume you mean the OP?

    You need thermal paste. Always use thermal paste. Do you need to buy any? Well some coolers come with some, others dont. If you're just going to run the CPU with the stock cooler most of these come with TIM pre-applied. Even with other coolers generally the bundled TIM paste is not as good as premium pastes like arctic silver 5 or some of the ceramic ones.

    The difference is your CPU runs few degrees hotter at idle, though there can be more of a difference under load. I'd recommend getting some Arctic Silver 5, it's not too expensive and performs better than the paste you get eg with the megahalems, though that is still quite good paste. I understand it lasts a bit longer than some other brands, though that might be some hearsay I've picked up along the way.

    There's a website that did a comprehensive test on the different pastes - I'll hunt it down when I get home and post the link.
    Sorry - it was aimed at the OP. I probably go with the Akasa Venom cooler. As it's so cheap I think I'll pick some paste just to be on the safe side.

    Thanks for the info.

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    Re: Apparent Successful First Build - A Few Concerns

    The akasa venom comes with the akasa AK460 silicon paste which isn't great, I'd get some acrtic cooling MX2 or MX3 to go with it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Domestic_Ginger View Post
    An alternative to the q-shield is using a piece of insulating tape cut to 2-3mm wide. Before removing the headers wrap this thin piece of tape round them and they all stick together in a little bundle ready to be re-inserted.
    That's the wrong thing, that's the q-connect, the q-shield is the IO plate not the front panel connectors.
    Here's the Q-shield http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9lfou1NJ1Y ok he's laying it on a bit thick, the basic type of IO shield is not that much hassle (and it does provide static/electromagnetic shielding it's made of bare metal )
    However after using one I can say they make life easier and the addition off the glued on foam and back label do add the the overall strength and make it less flimsy.
    You could probably make one yourself without too much trouble, however you will have to make it as you cannot buy them for other boards as asus holds the patent on it.

    Asus don't hold a patent on the Q-connect which is why you see other motherboards come with one.

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