Originally Posted by Jason4i7
Id like to see pictures of that.
This is a story about why the rig was not assembled long enough to take pictures of it in-action and complete, but I could show the rad. setup, and everything but the mobo till the replacement arrives.
Ok, everything has been disassembled to replace the TIM and install the blocks. I am RMA'ing the mobo because when I removed the stock NB/SB heatsink, the southbridge (ICH10R) chip had a corner broken off, about 1 square mm in size missing; you could see the crystalline structure.
Interestingly, the missing fragment was not stuck in the TIM or in the antistatic bag, so it didn't happen in shipping. It worked just fine as far as I know (I had been air-cooling while waiting for my parts), so I installed the blocks, set everything up and was in denial about what I had seen; I didn't want to give up my new god-like monolith of power.
After a couple days, I realized that with repeated heat cycling and water block re-mountings, cracks could propagate from the damaged area, or it just wouldn't last as long and mayne even hurt performance. Newegg is paying shipping both ways because it's considered "defective".
I can take pics of the radiator with homemade 54mm to G 1/4 1/2" "adapters". They are made from those clear orange pharmaceutical bottles which happen to be the exact same OD as the rad in/out OD, and utilizing a cut section of the old rad. hose.