Fitting Motherboard

Overview

Right side Heat Sink Mount

Left side Heat Sink Mount

CPU Mount

If you followed the instructions correctly up to now, you should have something like this, the motherboard assembled with the CPU mount, heat pipes and left/right side heat sink mounts. Thermal paste should have already been applied to the CPU mount areas but none to the heat sink mounts just yet

Install the motherboard

Apply along the heat pipe

Apply along the heat pipe

PTC M3 x 5

If you followed the instructions correctly up to now, you should have something like this, the motherboard assembled with the CPU mount, heat pipes and left/right side heat sink mounts. Thermal paste should have already been applied to the CPU mount areas but none to the heat sink mounts just yet

Attach Heat Sink Mount (R)

Ensure good contact

Before installing the retention bar, ensure the heat sink mount is in good contact with the heat sink. It should be parallel and sitting flat against the surface of the heat sink

Fit the retention bar

Slide the retention car in from the side of the case under the retention bracket closest to the heat sink mount until it almost reaches the bracket on the other side. The bar should also be position along the heat sink mount in the slot furthest away from where the heat pipes enter.

Lock the retention bar

Bend the retention bar so that it applies pressure against the heat sink mount and is able to slice under the bracket. When installed correctly, the retention bar should be flush with both brackets

Confirm the position

When installed correctly, the retention bar will apply pressure against the heat sink  mount

Installing the left side heat sink mount is going to be similar but with the added constraint of having less room to work with, so its good to get familiar with this procedure on this side.
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