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Gigabyte Z390 mobo - adding heatkiller water blocks - advise/help needed

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hi all,

Just about to do an upgrade to my current setup going from a Gigabyte Z270X Gaming 9 to a Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X.

Unlike my Z270 mobo, the Z390 doesn't come with a mobo standard waterblock.

I'm thinking of using 2 x Heatkiller Copper waterblocks on the mobo heat sinks near the cpu socket.

My question is = What would be the best approach as far as securing the water block to the heat sinks = thermal pads, TIM paste (Arctic, etc) or straight metal to metal ??

regards and thanks in advance

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HI,
Doubt you nee one stock vrm coolers are sufficient

But like all stock coolers they're attached with screws/ bolts through the back of the board.
 
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HI,
Doubt you nee one stock vrm coolers are sufficient

But like all stock coolers they're attached with screws/ bolts through the back of the board.
hi m8,

I'm not going to remove the stock heat sinks = I'm going to add the new copper w/b's to the top of the existing vrm coolers.

BTW = my case is a Thermaltake P5 open case with NO fans anywhere = everything is watercooled.
 
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HI,
Use self tapping screws they don't need to be very long 3/4"
Pre-drill into the stock coolers.
 
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hi m8,

Thanks 4 the reply.

That's exactly how I was going to do it.

But my original question was = What would be the best approach as far as securing the water block to the heat sinks = thermal pads, TIM paste (Arctic, etc) or straight metal to metal ?? edit = TIM or no TIM between the components.

regards
 
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Hi,
Little bit of paste a pad would be too thick.
 
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This is interesting. I see up to around 100C on my Gigabyte Z390M Gaming board also. Were you planning to file the stock heatsinks to a flat profile for mating with the waterblocks?
 
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Is it possible to just put those Heatkillers straight on the VRM's once/if you take off the original heatsinks?

You can Trim the Heatkillers to size each end and drill a hole through where the holes need to be then place a screw and nut that fits no?

I Suppose once you get the Heatkillers you will be able to have a better look see at what would be possible.

Trying to get them on top of the heatsinks would not be very effective (plus look awkward) TBH but each there own ;)
 
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Is it possible to just put those Heatkillers straight on the VRM's once/if you take off the original heatsinks?

You can Trim the Heatkillers to size each end and drill a hole through where the holes need to be then place a screw and nut that fits no?

I Suppose once you get the Heatkillers you will be able to have a better look see at what would be possible.

Trying to get them on top of the heatsinks would not be very effective (plus look awkward) TBH but each there own ;)
hi m8,

I've had a closer look at the existing mobo heat sinks and it would be quite easy to remove them and mount the Heatkiller blocks straight onto the VRM's = with some slight modifications - drilling & cutting.

thanks for all the replies.

I'll update this thread with pics at a latter date.
 
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Hi,
Yep warranty would be gone the other way thought that was a given :)
 
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