Do I need the backplate

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Hello I am mounting my water cooling system in my pc that I have air cooled for 2 years. Please keep in mind I have never build a pc. I know I need to put the backplate behind the motherboard which would require the removal of the motherboard however I can already screw into something. Is that a backplate that's already installed? If so should I use that one if it fits or should I install the new one.
 

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I am not sure I fully understand your question, but to answer the "do I need the backplate" part ... I've run my PC for a couple of years without a back-plate now and I haven't had any real issues. You will get a bit more dust and general dirt in there, but a regular clean/blow-out should do the job.

Obviously it's always preferable to have the back-plate there as extra dust inside the case = extra heat build up which is never good. But I run a 3.4ghz CPU at 4.7ghz, air-cooled, and it's never stumbled once! Basically, I built the PC and forgot the back-plate. I was too tired and frustrated to take everything back out again, so I just left it like that, and it's been that way ever-since.

Cheers, Orias
 

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Well I just figured out the fan won't fit so I'm out of luck for now :p but still for next time. How do I tell if I already have a backplate installed. Is there a difference between them?
 

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me too i cant understand what is going on xD but i think it has something to do with watercooling his cpu
 

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Everyone's telling me I need to put this thing called the backplate behind my CPU that means behind my motherboard. The backplate stick through to the front side and I screw into it. However I already screw into what may be another back plate that was installed for the other CPU fan. Basically my question is should I take out my motherboard and install the backplate that came with my cooler or screw into whatever's already there
 

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What type of socket do you have? From my understanding you just need to find a water block that is compatible to your socket and it'll just screw straight in the same as your air cooler?

Also I'm new to the forum how do you quote/reply to people's answers?
 

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Also if you are ONLY cooling the CPU then your best off going with a closed loop circuit, all you have to do is screw it in and plug in the fans (make sure you have the available fan sockets on the mother board) and your away. Check out the Thermaltake 3.0 performer or extreme or check out corsair's range!
 

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