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Okay did this mod a couple of days ago just wanted to post some pics and tips:





stuff I used:
Dwood bracket
Cooler Master X1 Thermal Grease
old 92 mm fan
antec 620
Akasa Apache 120mm

Here are some tips and tricks that may help you so that you won't make the same mistakes like I did.
First off, when delidding the graphics card DO NOT use cutter blades, they are too thick. I spent 1 hr hammering them in like an idiot. USE razor blades or carpet blades, personally I used a 1 sided razor blade which allowed me to hammer them in easily. If done correctly it should take around 5 - 15 min of hammering. To make sure you hammered in enough I recommend getting a marker, and make a mark on your razor blade to indicate when you have hammered in around 5mm into the card. Another tip: I had trouble hammering the razor blade due to the fact my hammer was pretty big, and I was scared of scratching the PCB while hammering, so what you can do is take a rod and put it ontop of the razor blade, then hammer the rod. This way you wouldn't have to worry about scratching your pcb.
When it comes to putting on Dwoods bracket, I recommend putting on the fan first, then putting on the bracket onto the card with the screws and nuts already in place. I had trouble fiddling with this thing to get it fit.
Lapping the Antec Khuler is also another thing. The antec khuler has the small circles that start from the center that go all the way out to the very end. A good rule of thumb is that when these circles dissapear and are replaced by scratches made by your sandpaper, that means your almost done sanding (another indication is the mirror finish). I also recommend sanding in one direction back and fourth, this allows for better consistency.
The first time I installed the khuler I had some trouble with noise. The pump made an annoying rattling noise and the antec fan was pretty loud under load. Here are some solutions that worked for me: Waiting, rattling the khuler, and laying your PC down on its side, and using a molex connector. After a couple of days since i installed, the sound from the pump decreased dramatically, but the rattling was still there. I then decided to connect the khuler directly through molex, and that eliminated all the noise. I also recommend trading in the Antec fan for something else, its loud and doesnt work very well. I bought some Akasa Black Apache, they are completely silent and gave around the same performance as the stock fan.

Overall great mod and amazing temps.
My Original Temps were: 45c idle and 78c load
Current Temp Pics and OC:
idle:

load:

around a 25 degree drop. deff worth it, especially because I can use this for future graphic cards as well.
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Great job , man . You deserved a rep thumb.gif
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Thanks :P

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Originally Posted by ThriftyPo View Post

Okay did this mod a couple of days ago just wanted to post some pics and tips:





stuff I used:
Dwood bracket
Cooler Master X1 Thermal Grease
old 92 mm fan
antec 620
Akasa Apache 120mm

Here are some tips and tricks that may help you so that you won't make the same mistakes like I did.
First off, when delidding the graphics card DO NOT use cutter blades, they are too thick. I spent 1 hr hammering them in like an idiot. USE razor blades or carpet blades, personally I used a 1 sided razor blade which allowed me to hammer them in easily. If done correctly it should take around 5 - 15 min of hammering. To make sure you hammered in enough I recommend getting a marker, and make a mark on your razor blade to indicate when you have hammered in around 5mm into the card. Another tip: I had trouble hammering the razor blade due to the fact my hammer was pretty big, and I was scared of scratching the PCB while hammering, so what you can do is take a rod and put it ontop of the razor blade, then hammer the rod. This way you wouldn't have to worry about scratching your pcb.
When it comes to putting on Dwoods bracket, I recommend putting on the fan first, then putting on the bracket onto the card with the screws and nuts already in place. I had trouble fiddling with this thing to get it fit.
Lapping the Antec Khuler is also another thing. The antec khuler has the small circles that start from the center that go all the way out to the very end. A good rule of thumb is that when these circles dissapear and are replaced by scratches made by your sandpaper, that means your almost done sanding (another indication is the mirror finish). I also recommend sanding in one direction back and fourth, this allows for better consistency.
The first time I installed the khuler I had some trouble with noise. The pump made an annoying rattling noise and the antec fan was pretty loud under load. Here are some solutions that worked for me: Waiting, rattling the khuler, and laying your PC down on its side, and using a molex connector. After a couple of days since i installed, the sound from the pump decreased dramatically, but the rattling was still there. I then decided to connect the khuler directly through molex, and that eliminated all the noise. I also recommend trading in the Antec fan for something else, its loud and doesnt work very well. I bought some Akasa Black Apache, they are completely silent and gave around the same performance as the stock fan.

Overall great mod and amazing temps.
My Original Temps were: 45c idle and 78c load
Current Temp Pics and OC:
idle:

load:

around a 25 degree drop. deff worth it, especially because I can use this for future graphic cards as well.


How loud is this compared to stock?
post #5 of 7
Don't use the white paste. Try to get some grey paste. White will tarnish the copper.

I highly recommend MX2! I love that stuff! On my 560 I would get a max temp of around 42C so Maybe you should relapp the cooler or try a different fan for the 620. The 620's fan does better and is quieter when you have it in Push mode out the case. I'd do that.

I believe I'd be around 35-39C when in Bf3 on my overclocked 560...

It was niceeee!
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Well the sound difference is amazing from the stock fans. As for the paste, its not white but actually grey, it was only due to the Flash on my camera that caused it to look white. tongue.gif

I may want to lap the antec cooler some more, as I only went up to 2000 grit sand paper, but I'll have to get some 3000 and 4000 sand paper.

Also for the fan config, I currently have it sucking air into the radiator rather than out. I find that having it suck in air I get lower idle temps and load temps, so I'm not too sure how you were able to get lower temps through push.... thinking.gif

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sorry for double post, but I just tested kombuster, and my temps went up really high this time... Not sure why. I hadn't really changed the config since last time.... This is bad.. thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

 

 

Also Ive just releazed what you meant by push. I think its like |Back end of case|Radiator|<-Fan Blowing left through rad|

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OSMonitorKeyboardPower
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