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This finally got here today http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835108076!

I opened it up all excited and man am I terrified. The instructions are pretty long lol. I'm really afraif I'll screw up and spew water everywhere. Any words of advice?

Is this as hard as the instructions make it look?
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Couple of pointers as I just installed the Ultra + this weekend.

A) If you flip through the manual you'll notice there are a lot of pages there that are for other chips/GPUs, etc..., so it's not as 'thick' as you think.

B) About 1/2 the hardware you won't need as it's for other CPUs

C) Plan, plan, plan.....I spent a good few hours just staring at my case wondering how the heck I was going to get it all to fit together.

D) Read, read, read....There are a lot of good stickies here and on other boards that have good advice on how to get the hose on the barbs (I used boiling water and soap -- nothing more frustrating than getting it 1/2 the way over the barb and then have it stick...grrrrr), hose clamps, radiator fans (push/pull), mounting, bleeding, etc....

E) If you don't have one, get a dremel, you'll want to de-burr the drill holes, I found I needed to 'clip' off a few pieces of metal here and there to get re-wired appropriately on my rig.

F) Remember, it's electricity, water, and components that don't mix. Remove one of those elements and you'll be much better off during your test run (You'll need the water though ;-) ).

Personally, I found the tubing, blocks, etc... weren't that bad, it just took a lot of prep work and time. With the Ultra + the big issue for me was the RAM heat syncs on the 8800GTX, the thermal tape just wouldn't hold and this sent me to the store to get new thermal tape and re-apply.

I think anyone can do it, just take your time, it's rushing that will mess you up most certainly.

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Just take your time putting it together...I use a heavy piece of twine to measure my tubing lengths then cut them out of the box..Clean all your parts well and leak test before putting it in your box...I'll leave you a cleaning PDF and some good links....Take your time and have fun with it there is no rush...


...http://www.overclock.net/gallery/sho...o/2691/cat/501
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Very good choice in a kit! Good luck with the installation!

Be sure to leak test/bleed (can be done at the same time) for 6-8 hours before hooking up the rest of your comp. Like, you can install everything, just don't turn it on until you're sure everything is air-tight.
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my problem is the radbox and fan and everything came installed together. The instructions clearly show that they will have to "come apart" in order to install. I have no freaking clue how to take them apart lol
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You shouldn't have to take anything apart. The rad box has a back-plate-like thing that has four very tiny screws holding it on the rest of the radbox. If you can get that off, you can install the whole setup still (well, pretty much) together.

Just take off the back plate, install that using the provided screws, then attach the rest (the radbox, fan, and rad) to the back plate.
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Hmmmm... are you sure you're not just looking at the exploded view of the radiator -- the image that just shows how it all fits together? You don't need to take it apart -- that's just there to show how it fits together, probably in case you want to take it apart (for things like shrouds, new fans, etc...).

All you need to do is mount the part that is one side of the radbox to the back of your system (or wherever you're mounting it), preferably where you have an 80mm or 120mm exhaust fan today that you can remove to hook up the radbox mount. If you're looking at that exploded view image, just note the right side of the image where it shows the screws coming from inside your system into the radbox mount plate -- that's what needs to be mounted, then the radiator, with fans, and the other side of the radbox just slip onto the mount plate.

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Yeah its just a box in a box..There are 4 little screws holding the box itself together.Take them out and it will slide apart then just mount the baffle part to your rear fan mount it has 4 little nylon spacers put them between the baffle and the back of your case so it wont block the rear fan flow...Once you get it tightened up just slide the rad and fan back on it and put the 4 little screws back in it....
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