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GTX 670 with XSPC w/b

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Posted this in the water cooling section and that was probably the wrong place. Anyway:
So last night I installed my XSPC waterblock on my EVGA 670 SC card and I have a couple of questions for you gurus as I am new to this. First off the instructions say not to overtighten the screws because it can damage the pcb. Well I didn't overtighten but I did snug them and upon inspection it appeared that the pcb was flexing. I backed one of the four screws off right around the chip but it's definitely not tight now, in fact there is a paper thin gap between the block and the pcb but the flex is not as noticable now. Is this ok or should I tighten it back up?
My second question is related to the backplate. I installed an EK backplate on it (the XSPC one was ugly imo) and it fits like a glove but I noticed that some of the pins make contact with the backplate. It looks like they are capacitor pins that didn't get trimmed short enough when they soldered them. I didn't bust out a multi meter to see if that backplate is conductive but it is steel. Should I put some electrical tape on the contact points to be safe, or maybe use some more of the supplied plastic washers to space it out more? That might space the thermal pads too much thinking.gif
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If the backplate is touching the pins of the back of the card that is bad and you want to prevent that. I believe that electrical tape placed on the backplate should be sufficient unless you think the pins could poke through it and still contact metal.
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post #3 of 5
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I'm thinking it will work out fine. The backplate is actually anodized aluminum which is a horrible conductor. I'm gonna put some tape on there anyway just for safety. The last thing I need is the card to short itself out at worst or do weird artifacting/crashing at best.
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Another option would be to snip the pins that are too long so that they are shorter, but personally I would rather alter the backplate with some easily removable tape than alter the card, if given the choice.
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That thought had crossed my mind for a nanosecond and quickly got discarded. If the card was out of warranty they yes, I would definitely do that. The nice thing about EVGA is that they do allow you to change the cooler and keep the warranty. You just need to return the card with the factory cooler back on it and the card in the same condition as when it left the factory, long cap leads and all tongue.gif
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