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Just got word in that everything ordered will be here by Saturday. biggrin.gif The 7970 water block today, the back plate tomorrow, and the 7970 on Saturday. wink.gif It's almost finished again...lol
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post #182 of 207
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The EK-FC7970 - Acetal is here... Bye bye hot VRMs. tongue.gif
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post #183 of 207
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UPS was a day ahead of schedule, so everything's here now. wink.gif
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Also got my case badges in order. biggrin.gif
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post #184 of 207
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Problem: The EK-FC7970 Water Block doesn't fit The XFX Double D FX-797A-TDBC Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition Graphics Card. The PCB is v3.1.

I've sent EK an e-mail with pictures to see what they can do about it. I hope it's a positive response. If not, I may have to find a local machine shop that can fix it.

XFX DD 7970 BE PCB v3.1
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7970 Reference PCB
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Edited by MacG32 - 6/29/12 at 3:21pm
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post #185 of 207
Newb question when you do install a 7970 water block will you please post step by step pics. I know how to do it I just want to see it done first. biggrin.gif also the 7970 dd are non refrence so I don't think any blocks will fit them. :/
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Newb question when you do install a 7970 water block will you please post step by step pics. I know how to do it I just want to see it done first. biggrin.gif also the 7970 dd are non reference so I don't think any blocks will fit them. :/

Sorry, but by the time you posted your request for step by step pictures, I was already ready to put the water block on. All water blocks come with very easy instructions on how to do it all. I was really nervous doing my first one, but the instructions didn't fail me. wink.gif Here are the pictures I did snap though.

1. Make sure you know what you're getting yourself in to. wink.gif Discharge any static electricity build up on yourself.
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2. Don't overtighten anything. tongue.gif
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3. Still good...lol
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4. Remove all of the screws from the back. There's also 2 top screws on the slot bracket to remove. In my case, there's 2 more at the bottom middle and 4 at the top middle to remove as well.
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5. Unplug and slowly peel away the cooler.
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6. Take a picture of that naked board...lol
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7. Clean up the GPU, memory, VRM, and anything else that had thermal pads/paste on it.
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8. Cut your new thermal pads to size.
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9. Peel off both sides of the pads, place them on their spots, and paste the GPU.
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10. Make sure the mating surface of the water block is cleaned again.

11. Slowly drop it in place on top of the PCB while keeping the screw holes fairly lined up.

12. While an edge of the PCB is overhanging your working surface, grab a few screws and barely snug them in.

13. Grab the PCB and water block together and flip it over. Make sure the water block can lay completely flat. Continue barely snugging in the rest of the screws.

14. Completely tighten the 4 screws around the GPU using an X pattern. From there, work your way out from those screws in a circular motion, until the rest of the screws are tightened.

15. Check all of the screws one more time and then you're finished. wink.gif
Edited by MacG32 - 6/29/12 at 6:22pm
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Sorry, but by the time you posted your request for step by step pictures, I was already ready to put the water block on. All water blocks come with very easy instructions on how to do it all. I was really nervous doing my first one, but the instructions didn't fail me. wink.gif Here are the pictures I did snap though.
1. Make sure you know what you're getting yourself in to. wink.gif Discharge any static electricity build up on yourself.
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15. Check all of the screws one more time and then you're finished. wink.gif

Thanks man!!!
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Thanks man!!!

You're welcome. smile.gif
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post #189 of 207
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I'm in luck. smile.gif I found a local machine shop that will modify the block the way I need it, so it will fit properly. Going to see them on Monday. thumb.gif

The 3 Xed out spots need removed and a copper shim to fill in the outlined area.
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This whole corner needs removed.
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This area needs removed.
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This whole area needs cut down to the depth of the circular hole close to the top.
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The back plate needs to be as thin as the thinnest spot on it.

Once all of this is finished, then I can continue on. biggrin.gif
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post #190 of 207
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I stopped by the machine shop earlier today and they will have the block finished by the end of the week. thumb.gif

I've decided not to use the back plate. It would be too much work to just thin it out all of the way. redface.gif
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