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Best installation method with with the noctua nh d14?

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December 29, 2013 2:19:14 PM

Okay so I am about to build my first computer. I have watched video tutorials on building a computer and they all recommend building it out of case the first time to make sure everything is working then installing it all into the case. So should I assemble the noctua out of the box with everything else then try and put it all in at the same time. People say to hold the motherboard by the cooler when installing it into the case. Would that be too difficult with the noctua? should I use the stock cooler on the out of the box installation. use the stock cooler as an aid to place the motherboard in the case. Then remove the stock cooler and put the backplate and the noctua together once the motherboard is in the case? Thanks for the help.

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December 29, 2013 4:56:13 PM

I will not recommend installing the fans first. It makes it awkward and difficult to install the cooler. Try installing the cooler on the motherboard outside of the case, then add the fans and finally put the motherboard in the case. Its true that you should hold the motherboard by the cooler, but also have another hand on the bottom edge of the motherboard and use the hand that held the cooler to tighten the screws.
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December 30, 2013 12:08:31 PM

Nuclear101 said:
I will not recommend installing the fans first. It makes it awkward and difficult to install the cooler. Try installing the cooler on the motherboard outside of the case, then add the fans and finally put the motherboard in the case. Its true that you should hold the motherboard by the cooler, but also have another hand on the bottom edge of the motherboard and use the hand that held the cooler to tighten the screws.


One more thing. While installing the mother board I know you have to align it with the io shield. I'm assuming you don't want the motherboard to slide against any of the stand offs while trying to get it to connect with the io shield. I should try and angle it into the io shield then as I'm slowly lowering continue to place some pressure in the direction of the io shield?
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December 30, 2013 5:37:56 PM

Philosophia said:
Nuclear101 said:
I will not recommend installing the fans first. It makes it awkward and difficult to install the cooler. Try installing the cooler on the motherboard outside of the case, then add the fans and finally put the motherboard in the case. Its true that you should hold the motherboard by the cooler, but also have another hand on the bottom edge of the motherboard and use the hand that held the cooler to tighten the screws.


One more thing. While installing the mother board I know you have to align it with the io shield. I'm assuming you don't want the motherboard to slide against any of the stand offs while trying to get it to connect with the io shield. I should try and angle it into the io shield then as I'm slowly lowering continue to place some pressure in the direction of the io shield?


Yes, try angling it in the direction of the IO shield, however, there is no harm in letting it slide around a little, just not too much.
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December 31, 2013 12:21:54 PM

Nuclear101 said:
Philosophia said:
Nuclear101 said:
I will not recommend installing the fans first. It makes it awkward and difficult to install the cooler. Try installing the cooler on the motherboard outside of the case, then add the fans and finally put the motherboard in the case. Its true that you should hold the motherboard by the cooler, but also have another hand on the bottom edge of the motherboard and use the hand that held the cooler to tighten the screws.


One more thing. While installing the mother board I know you have to align it with the io shield. I'm assuming you don't want the motherboard to slide against any of the stand offs while trying to get it to connect with the io shield. I should try and angle it into the io shield then as I'm slowly lowering continue to place some pressure in the direction of the io shield?


Yes, try angling it in the direction of the IO shield, however, there is no harm in letting it slide around a little, just not too much.


When i installed the noctua I had issues getting the springed screws to connect with the mount screws. When I finally got one to connect I think I stopped thinking and just tightened it all the way before doing the other side instead of going little by little on each one. Do you think that there would be an issue with the thermal compound now?
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December 31, 2013 5:46:27 PM

Philosophia said:
Nuclear101 said:
Philosophia said:
Nuclear101 said:
I will not recommend installing the fans first. It makes it awkward and difficult to install the cooler. Try installing the cooler on the motherboard outside of the case, then add the fans and finally put the motherboard in the case. Its true that you should hold the motherboard by the cooler, but also have another hand on the bottom edge of the motherboard and use the hand that held the cooler to tighten the screws.


One more thing. While installing the mother board I know you have to align it with the io shield. I'm assuming you don't want the motherboard to slide against any of the stand offs while trying to get it to connect with the io shield. I should try and angle it into the io shield then as I'm slowly lowering continue to place some pressure in the direction of the io shield?


Yes, try angling it in the direction of the IO shield, however, there is no harm in letting it slide around a little, just not too much.


When i installed the noctua I had issues getting the springed screws to connect with the mount screws. When I finally got one to connect I think I stopped thinking and just tightened it all the way before doing the other side instead of going little by little on each one. Do you think that there would be an issue with the thermal compound now?


There shouldn't be any issues. I recommend cross-tightening (eg. screw on top left screw halfway down, then screw on bottom right halfway down, then top right, then bottom left, and continually screw it down until they are all tight).
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January 1, 2014 12:21:27 AM

Nuclear101 said:
Philosophia said:
Nuclear101 said:
Philosophia said:
Nuclear101 said:
I will not recommend installing the fans first. It makes it awkward and difficult to install the cooler. Try installing the cooler on the motherboard outside of the case, then add the fans and finally put the motherboard in the case. Its true that you should hold the motherboard by the cooler, but also have another hand on the bottom edge of the motherboard and use the hand that held the cooler to tighten the screws.


One more thing. While installing the mother board I know you have to align it with the io shield. I'm assuming you don't want the motherboard to slide against any of the stand offs while trying to get it to connect with the io shield. I should try and angle it into the io shield then as I'm slowly lowering continue to place some pressure in the direction of the io shield?


Yes, try angling it in the direction of the IO shield, however, there is no harm in letting it slide around a little, just not too much.


When i installed the noctua I had issues getting the springed screws to connect with the mount screws. When I finally got one to connect I think I stopped thinking and just tightened it all the way before doing the other side instead of going little by little on each one. Do you think that there would be an issue with the thermal compound now?


There shouldn't be any issues. I recommend cross-tightening (eg. screw on top left screw halfway down, then screw on bottom right halfway down, then top right, then bottom left, and continually screw it down until they are all tight).


With the noctua nh d14 I didn't have any issues doing the backplate and putting the mounting bracket on. So when putting the noctua on the mounting bracket there are only two screws and they're spring loaded ones. I was having such difficulty getting the screws to connect because I was scared I was applying to much force. When I got the first of two in I ended up screwing it in the majority of the way out of fear from it popping up. I think it caused the other side of the fan to lift up a bit. I then screwed the other one in. I know I shouldn't have done it that way, but I lost my senses once I finally got it in. I'm just worried that may have caused displacement of my thermal compound or something. What do you think?
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