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Got mine Friday and installed today. I mucked up the install pretty bad. At first missed the screw hole and started screwing into rad. Rad loop outside for an hour to make sure I didn't puncture it. Then For some reason my offsets on the metal ring didn't give me enough clearance from the board to install it first then simply twist the pump assembly onto it. When I tried I ran into the CPU before I could get the pump tabs under the rings tabs. I had installed the ring as loose as I could with the screws catching, I don't know how this happened. So I installed the ring onto the pump then screwed it into the board. I then screwed in too hard and the plastic on the green standoffs began to crack on the sides. I don't think it will matter if it cracks all the way as the pressure will still hold it on.

So overall I'm very flustered but I believe it's more of my fault than the product. In December I'll have another install on an 1155 socket, hopefully I can make it go more smoothly. Any tips for my next install from people who have installed this before? My CPU idles from 30-35 and loads from 55-60.
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Well, all of these retention units seem to have the spot, which is neither too loose or too tight. I am sure you will be able to judge the right point on your second install. This is a common problem so dont worry about it.

On hooking up the rads to your case. make sure you can see all the four screw holes before you start off. Remember the screws will go in easy enough and you will feel it going through the threads. It sometimes gets difficult for all of us, specially whne trying to put in a fan before the rad. But go slow, line it up properly and try and fix diagonally opposite sides while using the scerws. this will then make the other two easy to screw in.

Cant comment on your temps as I have never used that platform before.Best of luck.
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Installed mine on saturday. It can be tricky lining up the screws.

I actually have mine installed at the front of my case as an intake. Probably not the best for cooling as the front of the mini P180B is very restrictive. however, my custom GPU cooler wont let me fit it on the back. Ill probably move the radiator once I upgrade my GPU (7970/7950?) early next year.

Running my i7 @ 1.26v and 4.1Ghz gets me a load of about 72C on the hottest core. That's just on the custom fan setting.

I suspect it would be a few C lower if installed in the rear.

I had the same issue with having the unscrew the mount almost all the way. reviews I saw made it look a lot different to install, but it worked out in the end. No cracked plastic or anything. I tightened it down pretty decently and then, as I put it through its prime95 paces, gradually tightened down specific corners to get even pressure on the cores.
    
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Hi Guys
Started my new build and almost finished. Installed the Antec Kuhler 920 and READ that it advises or mentions before installing the cooler to install the software. So basically if building a new PC it is suggesting you install the CPU with its Intel Heatsink/Fand then intall OS, install software then remove Intel Heatsink/Fan & install Antec cooler?

Has anybody installed the cooler then installed Windows then software afterwards? If so I'm guessing you don't plug in the USB cable into a USB Header on the motherboard till after the software has been installed?

Either ways I will be finding this out on Monday morning though it would be GREAT if anybody could clarify this before then please?
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Originally Posted by Zaber123 View Post

Got mine Friday and installed today. I mucked up the install pretty bad. At first missed the screw hole and started screwing into rad. Rad loop outside for an hour to make sure I didn't puncture it. Then For some reason my offsets on the metal ring didn't give me enough clearance from the board to install it first then simply twist the pump assembly onto it. When I tried I ran into the CPU before I could get the pump tabs under the rings tabs. I had installed the ring as loose as I could with the screws catching, I don't know how this happened. So I installed the ring onto the pump then screwed it into the board. I then screwed in too hard and the plastic on the green standoffs began to crack on the sides. I don't think it will matter if it cracks all the way as the pressure will still hold it on.
So overall I'm very flustered but I believe it's more of my fault than the product. In December I'll have another install on an 1155 socket, hopefully I can make it go more smoothly. Any tips for my next install from people who have installed this before? My CPU idles from 30-35 and loads from 55-60.

I can only give tips on an AMD AM3+ board, but I did quite the hack job myself at first. I must have got a different version, because my Kuhler 920 didn't come with the blue/green coloured fittings, because in addtion to the backplate and the AMD frontplate and the pump, mine had this weird second plastic retention ring, but there was no mention of it in the instructions (also the instructions are terrible). I had actually connected mine completely wrong using this second plastic ring, but it worked for about 3 days before the pump lost contact with the CPU, and then my computer would just shut down after about 10 seconds. Turns out that the second plastic ring isn't used at all... i felt like an idiot.

After scouring the internets for videos I finally figured it out... the trick is to just connect the front plate to the back plate as loosely as possible, line up the pump, push the pump thru and twist around the frontplate to lock the pump in place. Once it's locked you can tighten the front plate up, but don't over tighten. It seems overly tricky to install, espeically with the rad dangling around.
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Hi Guys
Started my new build and almost finished. Installed the Antec Kuhler 920 and READ that it advises or mentions before installing the cooler to install the software. So basically if building a new PC it is suggesting you install the CPU with its Intel Heatsink/Fand then intall OS, install software then remove Intel Heatsink/Fan & install Antec cooler?
Has anybody installed the cooler then installed Windows then software afterwards? If so I'm guessing you don't plug in the USB cable into a USB Header on the motherboard till after the software has been installed?
Either ways I will be finding this out on Monday morning though it would be GREAT if anybody could clarify this before then please?

I did not install the software first. I plugged everything in. I had my new mobo and FX-8120 for about a week with the stock cooler, and then installed the Kuhler 920. I hooked everything up including the USB header, booted up windows then installed the software. Just make sure the fans and power are all hooked up and you will be fine.
Edited by RedRocket44 - 7/28/12 at 6:26am
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Originally Posted by RedRocket44 View Post

I can only give tips on an AMD AM3+ board, but I did quite the hack job myself at first. I must have got a different version, because my Kuhler 920 didn't come with the blue/green coloured fittings, because in addtion to the backplate and the AMD frontplate and the pump, mine had this weird second plastic retention ring, but there was no mention of it in the instructions (also the instructions are terrible). I had actually connected mine completely wrong using this second plastic ring, but it worked for about 3 days before the pump lost contact with the CPU, and then my computer would just shut down after about 10 seconds. Turns out that the second plastic ring isn't used at all... i felt like an idiot.
After scouring the internets for videos I finally figured it out... the trick is to just connect the front plate to the back plate as loosely as possible, line up the pump, push the pump thru and twist around the frontplate to lock the pump in place. Once it's locked you can tighten the front plate up, but don't over tighten. It seems overly tricky to install, espeically with the rad dangling around.
I did not install the software first. I plugged everything in. I had my new mobo and FX-8120 for about a week with the stock cooler, and then installed the Kuhler 920. I hooked everything up including the USB header, booted up windows then installed the software. Just make sure the fans and power are all hooked up and you will be fine.

That's a big sigh of relief. Hopefully on Monday its as easy as it was for you. Thanks for the reply!
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