Preparing and Installing the Dry-Ice Pot!
Once again congratulations on getting this far, let us quickly review what we have covered previously?
- What is dry ice?
- The health and Safety Aspects
- Dry Ice medium suspension
- Motherboard insulation
Preparing the Pot
The most simple method of carrying this out; would be to purchase Armaflex tubing with a size slightly SMALLER bore size then the diameter of the dry ice pot you are working with. The foam allows for a certain amount of stretching around the pot as this is a good thing as you may wish to create an air-tight seal here.
Slide the Armaflex tubing onto the pot- as you would the skin of a sausage, but allow for the foam to be very slightly longer than the length of the tube; as shown below.
Handy Tip: If you can only purchase tubing at the same diameter or larger of the DICE pot then simply cut the tubing to size and wrap tightly around the pot. Secure in place with duct-tape and then place Armaflex insulation tape over the joint.
Remember earlier, that we said the tubing should be cut to a lightly longer length than that of the pot? The reason for this is when the retaining bracket is placed on top then it would a force the extra foam onto the CPU socket area and thus create a nice tight seal.
This is where you place your compound of choice on the CPU. do NOT try to spread out the compound yourself, rather place a 5.5mm blob in the centre of the processor and if need-be fast cure with a hairdryer for about five minutes.
Innovation Cooling Perihelion or IC diamond (make sure on the latter that you fast cure the compound by heating it before installing the dry ice pot)
Available at www.specialtech.co.uk
Once completed simply place the Dry-Ice pot in the centre of the four mounting poles and ontop of the CPU IHS
In order to install the top most retaining bracket, simply slide the bracket over the top of the pot-making sure that all the bolts are placed through the correct holes in the top! Once completed place all the washers in their correct places and tighten down the ‘wing’ nuts by the use of the corner to corner method in order to spread out the pressure and the compound to all areas of your processor.
The final finishing touch is to create an extra protective seal and either wrap paper towels or Jay cloths around the post and tape them down in order to create an extra protective layer.
However; if like yours truly you wish to do it the official way then simply use the Armaflex Insulation tape that was discussed earlier in order to achieve the same effect.
WOW congratulations, you have just taken your first steps into a brand new world. You have prepared and insulated your motherboard and installed the dry ice pot itself.
The final part of this guide (honestly) is how to get started in the COOLING of your new setup!