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Can I upgrade my CPU cooler in the case?

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January 8, 2014 4:01:29 PM

Hello. I recently bought all my parts, and I have all of them here. EXCEPT, my CPU cooler. I bought the NH-D14. I really don't want to wait a week or two for my CPU cooler when I can just go ahead and build my computer now. I've waited long enough. LOL.

So my question is, can I use the stock CPU fan, then when my CPU cooler gets here, remove the stock, clean off all the thermal paste, re apply more, then put the aftermarket cooler on there, while still in the case. I really dont want to have to take the motherboard out, because I feel like it wouldn't be worth it.

If I do have to take the motherboard out, do you think it would be worth it?

Thanks!
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January 8, 2014 4:03:49 PM

If the cooler comes with a backplate (pretty sure it does) and you can remove the back of your case then no, you shouldn't have to take the motherboard out. If you can't remove the back of your case then you will have to remove the motherboard.
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January 8, 2014 4:06:23 PM

JOOK-D said:
If the cooler comes with a backplate (pretty sure it does) and you can remove the back of your case then no, you shouldn't have to take the motherboard out. If you can't remove the back of your case then you will have to remove the motherboard.


Yes, I can remove a side panal, which would give me access to where the backplate would go
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January 8, 2014 4:09:57 PM

Alright, then there's no need to remove the motherboard for installing the CPU cooler. :) 
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January 8, 2014 4:15:26 PM

JOOK-D said:
Alright, then there's no need to remove the motherboard for installing the CPU cooler. :) 


Do you think it would be worth it? xD I mean, would it be easy, or should I just wait?
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January 8, 2014 4:32:56 PM

ChummyCoffee said:
JOOK-D said:
Alright, then there's no need to remove the motherboard for installing the CPU cooler. :) 


Do you think it would be worth it? xD I mean, would it be easy, or should I just wait?


How long would you have the stock one on? I guess it depends on how impatient you are. CPU coolers are easy to seat and remove, so that's not a problem.
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January 8, 2014 4:55:53 PM

JOOK-D said:
ChummyCoffee said:
JOOK-D said:
Alright, then there's no need to remove the motherboard for installing the CPU cooler. :) 


Do you think it would be worth it? xD I mean, would it be easy, or should I just wait?


How long would you have the stock one on? I guess it depends on how impatient you are. CPU coolers are easy to seat and remove, so that's not a problem.


Ill have it on til the new one comes. Which could be to a couple days, to a weeks or so.

Im normally patient. But Ive been saving money up for this for years xD Im so ready to just fire it up. I think im going to go ahead and do it. I just didnt want to install the mobo again
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