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Old November 14, 2008, 12:14 PM
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I feel kinda dumb asking this but better safe than sorry. I'm installing the GTZ on (another!) 780i mobo and I couldn't save the cushioning material used on the X backing plate center square, what material can I use to replace them? Would the fuzzy side of velcro be safe? If not, what else can be used safely, its the heat I'm concerned about. Thanks.

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Old November 14, 2008, 12:27 PM
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I used some 3M double sided tape on some previous builds and it works fine. Just dont stick it to the board cause it WILL be hell when it comes time to remove it.
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Old November 14, 2008, 12:33 PM
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Thanks Paul....I thought it needed something for cushioning, would the fuzzy side of velcro work too or would the heat cause a problem....what about the O ring cushions?...are they really necessary?
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Use single sided tape then.

The trick is to make sure you insulate the plate from the board, you can short out the board. And the mobo can be quite sharp and want to poke through the tape.
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Old November 14, 2008, 12:41 PM
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last time I swapped out the mobo I used the TIM pad material you cut out for the chipset that came with the GPU WB's but when I took it off it appeared to have some condensation build up, not much but somehow that can't be a good thing. I'm 99% sure that isn't what caused board to die but still, it can't be good.
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Old November 14, 2008, 12:44 PM
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Oh, the 3M tape stuff I have is foam. I think it is designed for those plastic hooks and other wall mounting hardware. They are kinda like double sided adhesive Pads. Great for everything. Mounting Pumps, backplated, anything!
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Old November 14, 2008, 12:51 PM
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ahhh...that sounds more like it, I assume you get it at home depot or most hardware store?
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But you can get it single sided. Neoprene foam. Go to canadian tire, you'll get a 10 foot roll for cheap. It's used to stick on your box rail when you put a canopy on your truck.
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Old November 14, 2008, 01:24 PM
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Oh crap...I know what you mean, I shoulda thought of that!!...after 10+ years in the industry I shoulda known that...lol...thanks guys, now I can get my rig back together and get caught up in the foldng dept

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Old November 14, 2008, 03:17 PM
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Yup, foam tape is great stuff. I used it for my chipset backing plates too, since they weren't applying pressure in the right areas. With a little trimming, it can also be used to cushion fans against radiators.
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