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I used M4 tap to get rid of 6-32 threads of my Swiftech and XSPC rads
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I strongly believe we need a universal measuring system and since metric is more abundant around the world that gets my vote. For now, we got to do with what we have
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Lowes and home depot don't sell metric. I tried on my last build and the quality of their screws are utter crap. quite large grade 8 automotive screws were only around $2 at fastenal/ autozone for when I was building my sandrail... proportionally much cheaper than these miniature M4s. Those screws you bought are much thicker than these little M4s and for the amount of metal used much cheaper. I'm not going to buy crappy screws for my build. I've spent $9k so far so no reason to skimp on a few $ and get non stainless ones.
Lowes and HD, at least around here, do, in fact, sell metric screws. However, expect to pay a pretty penny for them; they're considerably more expensive than local hardware store.

As for the grade 8's you're referring to,they're probably a really common size, and therefore, were relatively inexpensive.

To put it in perspective, not so common automotive bolts can cost in excess of $20 each.

M4 bolts are fairly uncommon in most applications, hence the price premium. Also, stainless bolts are unneeded in your application. Most bolts are, at the bare minimum, galvanized. So needing stainless in an indoor application is somewhat unwarranted. As corrosion shouldn't really be an issue --even with water cooling.

Also, stainless bolts, in and of themselves, have a price premium on them as well so it's not surprising that you were screwed.
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I like my screws to match my rad grills as close as possible so not much choice. Not gonna cheap out on screws after spending $90 per rad grill
 
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