In my humble opinion, I nabbed the best looking blocks on the market. For this build, they'll be showstoppers.
Got the CPU posts installed.
My "two grains of rice" sized thermal paste globule..
Thank you EK for making such a gorgeous CPU block. The plexi will showcase the fancy fluid that's in the mail.
This was my first time removing a cooler from a GPU. This is an MSI GTX 980ti that had a reference cooler. The thing that took the most time was to find the correct manual for where to apply the two kinds of thermal pads - since the waterblock I bought is technically for the Titan, the directions were not representative to 980ti. Look how shiny the chip becomes after getting all the thermal paste off! Mirror.
Good lord. I have seen so, so many builds on forums with this block and I drooled every time. Now that it's in my lap, feeling the weight of it, seeing the shine, it is stunning.
Michelangelo can't even compete.
I opted not to spend $45 on the back plate since, with the Core P5 case config that I will be using, the top of the card will be facing outwards, vertically. Hence, the underbelly will not be visible to an onlooker.