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You are not prepared.
Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2020
So you're like me. You're in the market for a 280mm radiator, maybe to top mount, maybe to front mount, and you think to yourself "Corsair makes some of the best AIO's I'll buy their latest release!"
You come onto the store page and are a little confused, the reviews seemed mixed, something about screws?
You read the reviews and chuckle to yourself, these guys must have no idea what they're doing. Screws? I can handle a couple of screws. I've built PC's before, I've even worked in IT. I've taken apart more and worked on more PC's and laptops than I can even count. I'm not going to let a little thing like screws dissuade me.
Oh boy are you in for a surprise.
I'm a grown man and I've been building PC's for over 10 years. I have never had such a hard time installing something that should be so easy. I'm pretty sure I've got blisters forming on what used to be my hands from trying to get this thing screwed in. The holes are drilled but there are no threads. You cut the threads by screwing the screws in. I highly recommend one of those rubber soda bottle opener type things to improve your grip because without it you are going to slip, strip, and curse your way through a two hour install. I'm talking I had to stand up and lean on that screwdriver to get these things in. As much of my body weight as I could apply and as much of my strength as I could muster. Every quarter turn a victory, every screw a celebration.
There is basically a 0% chance of installing the thing in the case without preparation. Instead screw the fans and rad screws in first. At the very least get them started. Take them back out and then worry about screwing them back in a second time while trying to hold the radiator in place with one hand.
I did it alone, but a second pair of hands would also make the installation a little bit easier.
Anyways, that's all. Godspeed and best of luck to you fellow PC enthusiast. You're going to need it.