Originally Posted by ronin688
Originally Posted by doyll
Just a FYI
I always "practice / test" install before I remove the plastic and apply TIM... Even when installing coolers I've used before.. new or used.. To be sure everything lines up and screws start properly. Only takes a minutes and is so much easier than having to clean TIM off.
I did about 75% of that. I lined it up and made sure it was sitting properly, clearing the ram and motherboard, and that the screws lined up but I did not actually try to start them. Good tip and I'll certainly do that from now on. Hopefully I don't have to take this one off any time soon but I'm confident that I can re-attach it easily. I chose the D14 as much for it's easy installation as I did for it's cooling power.
Sorry about that.
I posted it for others to read and avoid what happened to you.
Even after having done hundreds of cooling intalls is always to a "practice" install when installing a brand new cooler or after installing mount on a different motherboard. It's so easy to make sure screws start and tighten as they should, than remove and install for real.
Amazing how many times I've found rough threads, springs grinding when screws are turned, poor alignment of screws, etc. I us a tiny syringe with very fine oil to lubricate threads and turning faces between springs, washers, etc. It takes almost no oil, but makes a huge difference in amount of force needed turning screws.