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Thread: Guide: How to Insulate your mobo for TEC Cooling

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    Talking Guide: How to Insulate your mobo for TEC Cooling

    Tec insulating Guide
    By omaryunus



    Well as most of you know been working hard on my comp for the past few weeks and well Ive been insulating my board along the way… so I decided I would make a little guide out of it since there really isn’t a recent one around and I want more ppl to get into this and see how easy this is This is more of a follow the pics of what I did more than this is what you have to do and blah blah :p

    Well here goes:

    First a list of things you need to insulate your mobo:

    1) NEOPRENE!! (LOATS OF IT) just in case



    2) Conformal Coating



    3) Dielectric Grease



    4) Silicone rubber Adhesive



    5) Liquid Electric Tape




    First for any good TEC block or setup you need a good… back plate


    EK makes a nice one and it works perfectly


    cut out a piece of neoprene to go along the back of the mobo so no air comes in there


    Screws in and good to go


    This is how it looks now

    Enough with the backplate moving on to the back of the board


    wipe the back of the board clean

    now with the Conformal coating (if you have a tube this is how it will go)

    here is a pic from ira-k(on OCN) which shows the conformal zone on the back of the mobo so this should help:




    a nice thick layer of conformal coating in the conformal zone (shown above)


    another view just to show you from a diff angle

    and now to the front:

    use the silicone rubber adhesive


    heres how it starts


    and done


    Diff views


    view from the top

    and now use the Dow conformal again on the front

    here is another pic from ira-k (on OCN) which shows you the Conformal zone



    heres how it should look put it on nice and thick

    Closer looks:





    and well one thing which the EK backplate is not good for is keeping the neoprene down in the back so you can use some of the electric liquid tape


    lifted up we need to bring it down


    and down


    good pic

    now to the neoprene layers :d




    second layer on and test fitted


    ready to install the CPU

    continued on next post...
    Last edited by omaryunus; 11-11-2008 at 08:30 AM.

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    clean pins


    GREASED up pins


    CPU in


    pushed down


    repacked and more dielectric grease coming out


    CPU ready and in w/ Dielectric Grease


    Dielectric Greases the neoprene so that the second layer sticks with the first layer




    Second layer on


    AS ceramique on and good to go


    and its installed!


    now the liquid electric tape and its sealed in

    and it is insulated hope you all enjoyed and learnt a lot

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    really nice guide, however its super outdated.

    Theres a new method using gummy eraser, or kneeding eraser they found out on the phase section.

    Works really good, and doesnt leave a nasty mess.
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    yea i know about that but just wanted to give my input for those ppl that wanna use this :p you never know thanks for looking anyways

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    Quote Originally Posted by NaeKuh View Post
    really nice guide, however its super outdated.

    Theres a new method using gummy eraser, or kneeding eraser they found out on the phase section.

    Works really good, and doesnt leave a nasty mess.
    Hey NaeKuh, can you point us to that method? I have looked and searched for gummy eraser and kneeding eraser and cannot find anything.

    Thanx, Lee

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    Quote Originally Posted by m411b View Post
    Hey NaeKuh, can you point us to that method? I have looked and searched for gummy eraser and kneeding eraser and cannot find anything.

    Thanx, Lee
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    oh well thanks for looking at my survey :p lol its all good whatever makes you guys happy

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    Quote Originally Posted by omaryunus View Post
    oh well thanks for looking at my survey :p lol its all good whatever makes you guys happy
    Well, I didnt mean it like that! You've done a really nice job there.. The only problem is that I do not think you realize the mess you are going to have to deal with if you have to RMA that board. Not to mention, this is a really old way of doing things, especially if there are newer ways to get it done.

    BTW, thanx Circaflex and NaeKuh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by omaryunus View Post
    oh well thanks for looking at my survey :p lol its all good whatever makes you guys happy
    Don't be bummed about it. This is just one more example of the fact that no matter what you do in technology today it will be obsolete tomorrow.
    Good job - thanks for contributing.
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    omaryunus!!! You are now part of the stickie section of the tec section.
    Thanks for the guide!!!!

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...d.php?t=164384



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    Talking

    w00t w00t yay my first sticky in XS yay thanks alot littleowl



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    Quote Originally Posted by omaryunus View Post
    w00t w00t yay my first sticky in XS yay thanks alot littleowl



    omaryunus
    don't think me. I just made a link in the thread to your thread.
    you did a nice job with your walk through.
    Now you need to do another one with the eraser idea.
    I have never used it and never heard of it till recently. Looks like a great idea.
    Does anyone know where you buy the eraser stuff at?



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    I used to paint (but it was so time consuming i had to switch to a business school), and had that eraser with me all the time, Faber Castel makes those. Any decent art shop should have those.

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    This should be stickied, at least.
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    this is stickied ans i am currently working on finding a bunch of these erasers to use them to make a guide for the eraser method and Im not bummed out this is for ppl who use TECs in a WB not for ppl with Phase... since with a TEC WB our temps fluctuate ALOT so we create more condensation so its better if you overkill it rather than just the bare minimum...Im gonna try the Gummy method on my BloodIron and see how it goes but personally I dont think it will work that well but you never know I am currently in the process of making a guide for ppl who want to get into using TECs and that should be done in a few weeks time so hopefully get another sticky

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    Quote Originally Posted by omaryunus View Post
    this is stickied ans i am currently working on finding a bunch of these erasers to use them to make a guide for the eraser method and Im not bummed out this is for ppl who use TECs in a WB not for ppl with Phase... since with a TEC WB our temps fluctuate ALOT so we create more condensation so its better if you overkill it rather than just the bare minimum...Im gonna try the Gummy method on my BloodIron and see how it goes but personally I dont think it will work that well but you never know I am currently in the process of making a guide for ppl who want to get into using TECs and that should be done in a few weeks time so hopefully get another sticky
    Well I just did my cpu yesterday with the eraser method. One thing to note is that if you do as I did and place the eraser on top of the conformal coating I already had on my board, then the eraser is a major pain to remove cleanly. I tested this out on a small portion of my board and was disappointed that it didn't all come off. Guess it works better when you haven't applied any coatings at all to the mobo. Here is the only shot I could get off before my camera phone died. I also covered the entire section up to the cpu wasn't able to get a shot of it then, maybe next time I tear my board up I can do so.
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