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Guide: how to install liquid cooling in your PC

We show you step by step how to install a pre-assembled liquid cooler

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Steps 1 - 4

Today we will show you the best way to install a liquid cooling set in your desktop PC. We used the Corsair H100i and a Corsair Obsidian 550D chassis.

Step 1

If you own an AMD or Intel Socket 1156/1155 processor you have to remember to attach the included bracket to the motherboard, prior to putting the motherboard back into the chassis. Socket 2011 processors don't need the extra bracket. Just like you would do with a conventional CPU cooler, you need to apply a layer of cooling paste to the processor, and even it out with a flat object such as an old credit card.

Step 2

Lay down the chassis on its side on a flat surface that you can easily reach without straining your back too much, such as your kitchen table or work bench. We put a blanket on the table, this way you prevent scratching the chassis or damaging the table.

Place the heatsink on top of the processor and leave the radiator next to the computer on the table.

Step 3

How you attach the heatsink also depends on the type of liquid cooler that you are using, so consult the manual. For this Corsair H100i it's a matter of fastening four bolts.

 

Step 4

Now you have to attach the radiator. The best location is the top of your chassis, if possible. 120mm radiators will usually fit in the back of the chassis, in place of the 120mm casefan.

 


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