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-- Installation
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   Installation will take a bit of time, so give yourself about 30 minutes or so just to safe.  First off, locate all the nuts and screws so you don't miss anything.  There is an instruction manual that is included with some pretty good pictures in there to show you what to look for.  Keep that handy.

   To start off, this is what we are going to concentrate on first.  Starting from left to right, large hole washer, small hole washer and plastic nut.  The large hole washer is used on motherboards that have larger holes.  Same concept applies for the small hole version.  The nut on the right is used to secure the nipples to the motherboard.  The nipples are the 4 items you see at the top of the picture above.

   Here are shots of the top nipples installed and bottom nuts securing them.  I prefer just hand tightening them until you can not go any further.  Using tools for this may just break things and we just don't want that happening.

   The next step is to prepare your long silver colored screws in conjunction with your spring and flat plastic washers.  This will be used to screw the heatsink into the nipples (no jokes on this one please...)

   Take a small philips screwdriver and slowly tighten the screws to the motherboard.  Check occasionally on your CPU to make sure level contact is being made and that you aren't cracking the core.  Hand tighten it as usual and you should be all set for the next step.

   We chose a Sunon fan that we had around rated at 2300rpm, 31CFMs and 25dBA.  A very quiet and decent speed fan.  We opted for the quiet method this time around.

   Here are the brass colored screws that are need to secure the fan on top of the heatsink.  It'll take a little wiggling to get those screws in there.  Make sure you take a metal washer in between the screw and fan.

   And here is our final product, a fully assembled monster of a cooling unit.  Let's check out how it does in the temperature department.

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