Originally Posted by Baron von Awesome
I too consider it a pretty epic failure. The block IS touching the CPU; however, there is no way it is as tight as it needs to be. Impatience, frustration, and lack of sleep on my part. I will go to Lowes tomorrow morning and find the correct screw types. After that I will keep updating this thread with my temps and see if there is an overwhelming improvement.
What do you guys think of the fan setup? Is that sufficient for extra cooling, or am I just wasting my time and case space? Also does the loop and radiator setup look correct? My goal is to get to 4.0ghz and I am sure the combine amount of knowledge here can help me achieve this task.
Alright dude, first things first...
1) The kit already came with all the screws you'll need. No need to make a trip.
2) Your rad position is fine (assuming those fans are pulling). It would probably be better internally, but that really doesn't matter.
3) You need to remove the stock AMD retention bracket, and bolt the block (with the AMD mount ONLY, not the Intel and AMD Mount like you have it) through your board, into the backplate. That will solve all of your problems.
4) Finally, you shouldn't need an "extra" fans in there, unless its just a spot cooler for VRM's or something. Just having native airflow of the case should keep most things cool enough.
And welcome to OCN. Please...don't let the flamefest that this thread WILL turn into, deter you from coming back. It really is a good site mostly.