Danger Den Water Box Plus Case (Part 5)ccokeman - September 9, 2007
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We are using Danger Den's DD-8800GTS full coverage blocks on the video cards. Originally, we started with just one card but decided to go SLI and cool both of the cards with liquid cooling. The process for swapping the video card coolers is not really complicated, but it does take some effort and time to do properly. Follow along as we show how it's done!
Obviously, you need to have the video card and full coverage water block to get started. Well, we just happen to have them right here! The factory cooler is held on by eight spring loaded screws to keep the block tightly against the board. Once the screws are out, flip the card over and gently wiggle the card to loosen the grip the thermal paste and pads have on the GPU and memory, and it should come loose with minimal effort. If you have two cards as we do, just repeat the process to get the second card apart.
The thermal paste and pads used from the factory are applied quite liberally. You will need to clean all of the thermal paste and pads from the core, memory and voltage regulators to install the new pads and thermal paste. Install the thermal pads and paste to the components specified in the directions and the cooler is ready to be installed.
The DD-8800GTS is held on to the card with a series of screws. There are two different sizes used, number 2-56 for around the core and 4-40 used around the outer edges of the card. A trick I learned a while back to get the cooler on the card without smearing the thermal paste everywhere was to insert standard toothpicks into the screw holes on the cooler and gently lower the card onto the cooler with the toothpicks being my guide to the screw holes. When you get to the card, install a couple of screws loosely into the cooler and continue on with the installation. No fuss no muss. Works every time!
Since we are using an SLI setup in this project, there is one more thing you need to do to get the block ready for installation and that is to remove the right hand forward facing plug and the corresponding inlet fitting and swap them front to rear. This gives you a direct line for the fluid to flow from one GPU block to the next. On the second card, adjust the fitting to match and that's it for the GPU blocks.
With the small items prepped and ready to go, it's time to push forward to get the plumbing done.