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Hey all, i'm building my new rig soon and it'll be my first time so i want it to be memorable , but anyways I'm curious about the procedure at which things are installed. My main question would be, would i install things like the cpu, liquid cooling, and ram when the mobo is not mounted in the case yet? Are there any important do's and don'ts i should know about?
post #2 of 17
Best way is this.
if you are water cooling it,
mount your cpu in the board, get the mounting bracket all ready for the block, put the block on.
install the ram.
put motherboard in case.
put power supply in
hard drives and cd drives.
rad, res, pump, etc.
route all power cables. hook up all the cables.
install GPUs
route all tubing.
fill loop
leak test.

profit.
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Originally Posted by thrasherht View Post
Best way is this.
if you are water cooling it,
mount your cpu in the board, get the mounting bracket all ready for the block, put the block on.
install the ram.
put motherboard in case.
put power supply in
hard drives and cd drives.
rad, res, pump, etc.
route all power cables. hook up all the cables.
install GPUs
route all tubing.
fill loop
leak test.


profit.
you lost me there lol
post #4 of 17
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you lost me there lol
If that confuses you, honestly, go with air cooling.
post #5 of 17
when you say water cooling... are you going with a custom loop? or a premade cooler like an H50?

Also check out the water cooling section of the forums... they are great. I would also do the leak testing without your other components installed, including your motherboard.
    
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post #7 of 17
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If that confuses you, honestly, go with air cooling.
Well i've never built a rig before, trying to learn the terminology, saying something like do a leak test doesn't really click in my brain because i've never heard of doing such a thing before.
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Well i've never built a rig before, trying to learn the terminology, saying something like do a leak test doesn't really click in my brain because i've never heard of doing such a thing before.
if you are doing a pre-built water cooler you are fine. Leak Testing is for a custom set up where you buy all the parts of the watercooling set up to make sure you don't leak because you did something wrong. Or have a bad part.

So don't worry about what he said. Your watercooling is equal to air-cooling as far as ease of use goes.
    
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post #9 of 17
Leak testing is only needed when building a custom loop. My advice to you is don't forget to put the standoffs on the case before installing the motherboard.
 
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Ah i see now thanks.
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