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I currently have a NH-D14 but the heatsink manages to just be too big for me to use my top PCI-E slot. I can get a GFX card in the PCI slot however the HS is touching the board on the GFX card.

Do you have any recommendations on what I can do or is it simply a case of getting a different cooler? Are the Corsair Watercooling solutions any good?

Thanks in advance,
Chris
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Is the actual heatsink touching the PCB, or is it just the fan clips?

If it is the heatclip, wrap the edge in electrical tape and you'll be fine.

If it is the heatsink, there is little that you can do. You can try rotating the mount, and moving the second fan to a pull position. That will pull hot air off the GPU, but it won't contact the GPU.
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Good Evening/Afternoon/Morning depending on where you are in the world

I currently have a NH-D14 but the heatsink manages to just be too big for me to use my top PCI-E slot. I can get a GFX card in the PCI slot however the HS is touching the board on the GFX card.

Do you have any recommendations on what I can do or is it simply a case of getting a different cooler? Are the Corsair Watercooling solutions any good?

Thanks in advance,
Chris
I've used a plastic sheet cut a piece of a plastic folder / binder the size of sound card and slip it between cooler and card. Can also use think cardboard. I like these better than electrical tape because it just slides in with no glue.. Electrical tape doesn't always stay stuck and leaves a gooey mess if it doesn't
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I've used a plastic sheet cut a piece of a plastic folder / binder the size of sound card and slip it between cooler and card. Can also use think cardboard. I like these better than electrical tape because it just slides in with no glue.. Electrical tape doesn't always stay stuck and leaves a gooey mess if it doesn't

Hmm interesting... I'll see if I can find an old plastic wallet folder thing and use that. Let's just hope the soldered bits don't pierce through it (I can't afford a new graphics card just yet wink.gif )
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Hmm interesting... I'll see if I can find an old plastic wallet folder thing and use that. Let's just hope the soldered bits don't pierce through it (I can't afford a new graphics card just yet wink.gif )

Remember not to cover too much of your graphics card, you want to be able to get a bit of airflow over it. Another alternative is to see if you can get a backplate for watercooling. If you install the backplate over the GPU it should provide some level of protection from the heatsink. My advise was just taken from Noctua by the way.
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Indeed.
Keep a good watch on all GPU temps. for a few days just to be sure it's all okay.
Best would be to only back the area by heatsink and only to the bottom of fins so air can still move behind the insulation panel.
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Remember not to cover too much of your graphics card, you want to be able to get a bit of airflow over it. Another alternative is to see if you can get a backplate for watercooling. If you install the backplate over the GPU it should provide some level of protection from the heatsink. My advise was just taken from Noctua by the way.

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Indeed.
Keep a good watch on all GPU temps. for a few days just to be sure it's all okay.
Best would be to only back the area by heatsink and only to the bottom of fins so air can still move behind the insulation panel.

I've just looked in my case again and from what I can see there is actually no way I can get a graphics card into the first pci-e slot, the fan clips are in the way. I suppose the only way I can use that first slot is by somehow rotating the cooler (maybe) or just get a smaller cooler.

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If it's just the fan clips use some zip-ties. slip one though the fan, through cooler fins and slip another on on it to lock it in place. If the zip-tie head isn't big enough put a small hard plastic washer on the small end of zip-tie before slipping the lockin end on it. Or use a couple of rubber bands instead. wink.gif
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