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How to mount a radiator

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Okay, I hope this doesn't come off as retarded to you guys, but honestly, how the hell do I properly mount a radiator with fans?! Setting up my water cooling is an exercise in frustration as I awkwardly try to fix screws WHILST holding the radiator in place WHILST holding fans in place. This finger tensome, however, doesn't work and I haven't even managed to fix one screw yet.

So, honestly, how do you guys do it? I think I'm gonna try fixing the fans with cable ties next until I've screwed them...
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Originally Posted by crust_cheese View Post

Okay, I hope this doesn't come off as retarded to you guys, but honestly, how the hell do I properly mount a radiator with fans?! Setting up my water cooling is an exercise in frustration as I awkwardly try to fix screws WHILST holding the radiator in place WHILST holding fans in place. This finger tensome, however, doesn't work and I haven't even managed to fix one screw yet.

So, honestly, how do you guys do it? I think I'm gonna try fixing the fans with cable ties next until I've screwed them...
Are you using the correct screws? I believe the correct screws should be much longer and only be threaded near the end of screw.

Something like this:


Make sure you have the correct screws that are compatible with your rad.

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I'm using the correct screws, those that came with the radiator.
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I'm using the correct screws, those that came with the radiator.

What configuration are you using your fans? Is the rad on top of the case and you are trying to install the fans from the inside? Or are you installing the rad on the inside of the case with fans on top?
post #5 of 9
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I'm trying to mount the radiator on the inside, the fans being inside as well, on top of the radiator (thus, a push configuration).
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I have yet to mount mine, but if you're talking about mounting a radiator in push/pull at the top and having trouble putting in the top layer with the rad at the same time, here's what I would do:

Use two fan screws (short ones) in a diagonal pattern to mount each fan you have (two holes on each should be open), then position the radiator (with the bottom set of fans already screwed on) to the top layer and use the long screws to screw in the rad to the top layer of fans with the holes you have available. Remove the short screws and then replace them with the long ones.

That's what I would do if I were struggling, but maybe someone with more experience would be better able to answer the question. Good luck.
Edited by CapnCrunch10 - 8/6/13 at 7:06am
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So you're saying the mounting sequence goes radiator>fans>case? Everything being on the insidr

Capncrunch10's idea would work but you really shouldn't be having a lot of trouble as long as the screws are long enough and the holes line up.
Edited by DBEAU - 8/6/13 at 6:45am
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Originally Posted by CapnCrunch10 View Post

I have yet to mount mine, but if you're talking about mounting a radiator in push/pull at the top and having trouble putting in the top layer with the rad at the same time, here's what I would do:

Use two fan screws (short ones) in a diagonal pattern to mount each fan you have (two holes on each should be open), then position the radiator with the bottom set of fans already screwed on to the top layer and use the long screws to screw in the rad to the top layer of fans with the holes you have available. Remove the short screws and then replace them with the long ones.

That's what I would do if I were struggling, but maybe someone with more experience would be better able to answer the question. Good luck.

Great idea! I was about to say something along those lines.

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So you're saying the mounting sequence goes radiator>fans>case? Everything being on the insidr

Yes. That's what I read.
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Thanks guys! Managed now wink.gif
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