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Corsair H60 watercooler backplate

So, the backplate comes with a plastic and i just took it off, and i´ve seen some people saying that the plastic is to protect the mobo from frying, now i dont know if i can install it in my mobo, is it safe? its a metal backplate, not plastic like in other cooler models
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    That plastic insulator is there for a purpose. Why would you think you should take it off?
    Can't you simply put it back on?
    Don't use the bare metal backplate against the motherboard. It will ground out/short out the solder traces on the back of the board. Maybe you can use some electrical tape in place of the plastic insulator if you threw it away.

    Or order another backplate from Corsair. http://www.corsair.com/en-us/hydro-series-h60-h80-h100-universal-bracket-kit
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  2. clutchc said:
    That plastic insulator is there for a purpose. Why would you think you should take it off?
    Can't you simply put it back on?
    Don't use the bare metal backplate against the motherboard. It will ground out/short out the solder traces on the back of the board. Maybe you can use some electrical tape in place of the plastic insulator if you threw it away.

    Or order another backplate from Corsair. http://www.corsair.com/en-us/hydro-series-h60-h80-h100-universal-bracket-kit


    theres no advice about the plastic, so i just cut it and threw it away, i live in brazil, i dont think they deliver the backplate here, the electrical tape works for sure? i think i will have to go with it...thanks
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  3. If the tape is high quality Scotch 33 or 88, it will be fine. Can't vouch for any off-brand tape. Basically, you are just trying to keep very low voltage nubs from making contact with the metal bracket. The tape has to be more physically strong than dielectric strong so the sharp solder points don't poke through.
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  4. Use Teflon/nylon washers underneath the backplate where the screws go through. A decent 2-3mm washer will keep the backplate off the board and has a tendency to allow for a tighter connection for the pump head anyways, which with an aio is a bonus.
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