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Hello
If you have a Thermaltake Frio OCK on an AMD motherboard, you know the headache that comes with the awesome air cooling power. It blocks the DIMM slots and most AMD motherboard setups have dual channel and this presents a problem with nice RAM that has heat sinks for decent overclocks.

After troubleshooting for a few days I have found a solution to minimize the problem and open at least 1 set of dual channels and maybe all 4 DIMM slots depending on fan type and motherboard choice. This will allow you turn the fan facing toward the rear exhaust fan and also give awesome and adjustable connectivity for the heat sink

This can be done on many large heat sinks that are universal or at least have a bracket kit for LGA 775 and 1136. NO GUARANTEES WITH OTHER BRANDS- DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE TRYING!!!!

SETUP USED:
CPU: Phenom II x4 965 @ 4.0ghz
RAM: Patriot sector 5- 4GB @ 8-8-8-24
MOBO: MSI 990FXA-GD80
Thermal Paste:Antec Formula 6 Nano Diamond(awesome stuff, dropped my full load temps by 5 degrees after a week of cure time on Frio heat sink!!!) the standard cure time is 200hr for this paste but worth it

Step #1
You will need a AM2 to LGA 775 Converter bracket- $10 and if you have a micro centernear by, go and have them do a newegg price match

I recommend the XIGMATEK Crossbow Ack Ati775 Mounting Kit for AMD AM2 / AM3 / K8 and Intel Socket 775:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233060

this is all you need with the existing Frio mounting kit!
Mount the kit(of course!!)

Pic:http://www.overclock.net/attachment....1&d=1320468931

step #2
You will need to remove the springs from the securing bolts on the xigmatek kit. Just pull them off with a little muscle. Should pop right off.

Pic :http://www.overclock.net/attachment....1&d=1320468931

Step #3
after the xigmatek bracket is mounted on Motherboard, put the springs on the bolts 1st and then take the intel metal bracket adapter in the frio kit and mount on top of springs on the protruding bolt and put securing bolt on. DO NOT TIGHTEN A LOT. JUST ENOUGH TO GET A HOLD. LEAVE THE BRACKET A LITTLE LOOSE BUT FIRM ENOUGH TO STAY FLAT.

Pic: http://www.overclock.net/attachment....1&d=1320468931
Sorry for the shaky shot, thought it came out better than that.

Step #4
Ok once both brackets are on. Apply thermal grease to the bottom of the heat sink or top of CPU (your choice)and mount the frio heat sink to it's INTEL brackets FIRST (the bar that it screws into and says intel on it) and secure it down to it firmly. Then screw the securing mounts down near the top of the springs until the Frio heats sink is secured on all 4 sides. REMEMBER IT HAS A LOT OF PLAY WITH THE SPRINGS ON THE BOTTOM SO TRY TO ADJUST ACCORDINGLY WHERE YOU HAVE A FIRM HOLD DOWN BUT NOT BENDING THE BAR MUCH AND OVER STRESSING THE THE MOUNT.

Its not rocket science but always check and try to wiggle the heat sink slightly to see of there is any play. Secure it til feels firm and sturdy.

click below for finished product
: Frio next to RAM:http://www.overclock.net/attachment....1&d=1320469838
Overall system look:
http://www.overclock.net/attachment....1&d=1320469838

I hope this helps and can solve one of the major FRIO problems. Also if you use another brand you can combine this XIGMATEK bracket adapter with a LGA 775 or 1366 Scissor bolt thru mount kit or xigmatek crossbar and here is a page for different mount kits for AMD, and Intel

http://www.thermalright.com/products...t_id=20#id=124

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233090





Edited by godking7 - 11/4/11 at 10:18pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX 8120 8 CORE MSI 990 FXA-GD80 MSI GTX680 TWIN FROZR3 GSkill Ares 2133@11-11-11-28 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 830 64GB 2x 150GB Velociraptor HDD in RAID0 Toshiba Desktar LG Blue-Ray Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Spire Thermax Eclipse II WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM 64 BIT Acer 23" LED 1080p Microsof Sidewinder 4x 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Cougar PowerX 700W NZXT PHANTOM NEWEGG EDTION Razer Naga MMO Fierce Steel Pad w/ Teflon coating 
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HTX 7.1 
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