Build looks absolutely awesome Nate. For the quantum velocity water block I used a variable torque wrench (.3Nm - 1.2Nm) and torqued mine at .5 instead of .6 on my new z790 build. BTW guess what came in....
Hey Sub_Zero thanks, that's an awesome headphone stand. Of course you know that is my forum name, and my Steam and Ubisoft name. That is really cool !
Getting the EK Quantum Vector2 water block took longer than planned but I finally got it. I originally wanted to go with the active backplate, but after getting with EK, they said there needs to be 15mm of clearance for the active backplate. It looks like the active backplate would have partially covered the M.2_1 slot, not too big of a deal there, but the Q-release button didn't allow for enough clearance, so I went with the standard backplate.
There is no instruction manual in the box, you have to get it online. The install is pretty easy once you know which screws to remove.
With the ASUS cooler removed, it needed a good cleaning. I used q-tips and rubbing alcohol to clean it up nice.
There are three thicknesses of thermal pads, these need to be cut to length and trimmed to width to avoid overlapping.
Here is with the thermal pads installed and thermal grizzly kryonaut applied to the gpu. There were a good many thermal pads that needed to be cut and trimmed for the backplate too.
Here is a pic of the soft tubing after about a year and a month. It's normal for soft tubing to turn cloudy after a year, mine turned coudy, brown and purple at the ends. It looked pretty nasty, so I redid it all in new tubing.
Installed, fired up, and all working great with no leaks, I'm extremely happy about that. The sign I had made turned out to be an ARGB sign, and we all know what happens when you connect an ARGB device to an RGB header, it goes poof. So, since I have an ROG Strix motherboard and graphics card, I thought an ROG Strix sign would look even better.
Koolance coolant is good for 2-3 years as long as it doesn't discolor, it hasn't shown any signs of discoloration or cloudiness so I'm reusing it.