Help with NOCTUA NH D14

My noctua nh d14 fan clips won't fit on my mobo so I removed it from the heatsink. But it still touches my gpu, is this configuration safe or it kinda short gpu or what? Please I need help, this is my 2nd cpu cooler for this build and i don't want to waste money.

Motherboard: MSI B85M E45
GPU: Sapphire Toxic R9 280X

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  1. Hi EJLovesKatie
    go with the NZXT Havik 140
    it is compareable to the NHD14 in performance , will not interfere with your ram and will be clear of your card
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18073&cPath=23
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuI5NLOpRmo
  2. mickypheonix said:
    Hi EJLovesKatie
    go with the NZXT Havik 140
    it is compareable to the NHD14 in performance , will not interfere with your ram and will be clear of your card
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18073&cPath=23
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuI5NLOpRmo



    Too bad I bought the noctua, I'm now finding solution to this problem, if no solution available I think I need to buy new mobo with dual gpu capability. :(
  3. does the noctua actually touch the card ? it is hard to tll from the image ? if it doesn't you will be fine
  4. mickypheonix said:
    does the noctua actually touch the card ? it is hard to tll from the image ? if it doesn't you will be fine


    Yes, i removed the one clip of the fans, so the metals of noctua touches the backplate of my gpu, they're in contact but not pushing away each other..
  5. be carefull there , this may create a short ,
    slip a thin piece of plastic or cardboard between the gpu and tower fan clips to prevent this happening if you can and you should be ok
  6. mickypheonix said:
    be carefull there , this may create a short ,
    slip a thin piece of plastic or cardboard between the gpu and tower fan clips to prevent this happening if you can and you should be ok


    Ok thanks, I'm completely lost, my mobo sucks, I'll go buy and sell. I'm looking forward to msi b85m g43 gaming, for $114..
  7. hope it all goes well for you , all the best
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