TEC amd Phase Change mother board prep

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nemises1236
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ok so im building my next gaming computer and ive chosen the Coolit Freezone ELITE CPU Cooler with MTEC, The entire system is as follows.... asus crosshair IV motherboard, phenom II 1090T black edition cpu, sparkle 1250 80+ gold PSU, Coolermaster Haf x Full tower case, two xfx ati HD Radeon 5870's, two plexor bluray burners,Matrix Orbital Gx mini lcd display, two crucial 120 GB SATA III SSD's in Raid 0, four seagate barracuda XT 2 TB HDD in Raid 5...... wheew thats a mouthfull.... anyways my real question now is what type of prep work should be done to the motherboard/cpu socket to prevent damage from the ever looming danger of condensation that occurs when your super cooling your cpu to about 10 c..... so ive seen the Silicone Conformal Coating that is usually included in the TEC kits along with some thermal conductive grease for the cpu socket its self, but does anyone have any experience with this type of cooling system and the involved prep work. thanks again everyone for posting any comments!!!!!!

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PCTC1
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There actually is no TEC/CPU contact. The TECs actually contact the water to a heatsink. It's not exactly the most efficient design ever. It can keep smaller processors cooler at sub-ambients, but larger, hotter overclocked CPUs will be cool, but not in danger of condensation. If you're worried, pick up some silicone grease over at your local hardware store and surround the socket with it, but with the aging Coolit with a Phenom X6, if you're planning on overclocking, I wouldn't worry about it.

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