Originally Posted by cephelix
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On a side note, thanks for the picture.
So i know it's advisable to use a full cover water block but since mine a a 290 gaming from MSI, there isn't really one out there for it, yet.
Hence, a hypothetical qn, that if i use a universal waterblock and have the VRMs cooled via heatsinks with a fan blowing directly on it, would that be sufficient, especially for VRM1 cooling?
Also, would the heatsinks stay on if I use Fujipoly thermal pads? or should i use thermal adhesive(hoping to avoid) instead?
Yeah, that would work to cool them. It wouldn't be much different than using the Arctic Accelero or the NZXT Kraken G10 with an AIO cooler. Someone else would have more accurate information regarding attaching heatsinks, but I'm pretty sure some, if not all, will require some kind of thermal adhesive to keep them held on securely. I've personally only used the Arctic Cooling thermal epoxy for attaching heatsinks with the Accelero coolers.
EDIT: Just looked up Arctic Thermal Adhesive, and they blatantly state it is permanent.
If you can get away with pads on the VRM1, Fujipoly Ultra Extreme is definitely the way to go.
I've seen some people cut off the VRM1 heatsink/cooling from their coolers and use it with an AIO water cooler on the core. That could be an option for you.
Edited by Roboyto - 3/26/14 at 12:21pm