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November 9, 2013 8:43:00 PM

Hi all. I usually don't post on websites like this if I need assistance, but this is something I cannot find any help with so I am going to try my luck here. Please excuse my potential lack of knowledge because I am somewhat of a beginner. Let's begin.

Alright, I have recently purchased a R9 290x and after reading the reports of high temps, decided to purchase my first aftermarket vga cooler to go along with it. I looked into compatible products and saw that the Arctic Accelero Hybrid was compatible with my card so I made the purchase. I ran into two problems so far with my install; not enough heatsinks and not enough thermal adhesive. Those were easy enough to spot and fix but it was because I had enough common sense to figure them out. After installing a majority of the heatsinks and taking a brief hiatus, I noticed something peculiar that I hadn't seen in any other card set ups so far.

http://i.imgur.com/3AFNcx2h.jpg


Basically, it seems that one of the heatsinks is touching something on the board because of the chip's proximity. Is this a problem and if so, how bad is it and are there any suggestions? I am incredibly nervous to continue this installation and some help would ease my mind.
Thanks.

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November 9, 2013 8:51:34 PM

It looks ok to me. The writing you see there (C1326 & C3712) C=Capacitor. If your not sure take like a piece of paper and see if you can slide it threw there. Then you'll know for sure if there's contact. Good Luck...
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November 9, 2013 9:17:57 PM

I wasn't able to fit a piece of paper between them (I am hoping that is because of the miniscule size of both parts and the ridiculous angle required of the flimsy piece of paper) but I have a better picture to illustrate what I am seeing. To me, it seems there is a LITTLE bit of space between them, but I am wrong a majority of the time.

http://i.imgur.com/UqMC3lOh.jpg
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November 9, 2013 10:00:10 PM

OKAY. Finally was able to fit the paper in there after minutes of careful handwork. Hand-eye coordination was definitely needed. Can someone else take a look at this and tell me if I am good to go? I am still somewhat nervous because of the lack of real space.

http://i.imgur.com/z7BXXezh.jpg
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November 10, 2013 6:17:26 AM

jsksjs said:
I wasn't able to fit a piece of paper between them (I am hoping that is because of the miniscule size of both parts and the ridiculous angle required of the flimsy piece of paper) but I have a better picture to illustrate what I am seeing. To me, it seems there is a LITTLE bit of space between them, but I am wrong a majority of the time.

http://i.imgur.com/UqMC3lOh.jpg


Much better pic here. I believe you are ok, great job.
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November 10, 2013 6:53:04 AM

I appreciate your answer as it has calmed my mind, however, what would happen to the card if they were touching? I would just like to know for future reference.

Thanks for your help.
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November 10, 2013 9:16:12 AM

jsksjs said:
I appreciate your answer as it has calmed my mind, however, what would happen to the card if they were touching? I would just like to know for future reference.

Thanks for your help.


Well it would create a false ground and fry the board. But remember the Capacitors have caps so that will not happen. At least it's not likely to happen. Enjoy...
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