While that may be true, I don't understand how the heat pipes can touch caps on the back side of the board. The poster specifically says"... it was the heatpipes on the Ninja touching capacitors on the board, shorting out the board!"
If he's referring to caps on the back side of the board, how could the heat pipes touch those caps?
Edit: I agree the HP touching the caps shouldn't cause a short in and of itself. But I would also think heat transfer would be a major issue for the caps. Thoughts?
Well I went back and reread it, and he does indeed say what you quote. In his particular case it was caps on the front not the back. I've read other stories about caps on the back being shorted by the backplate. I guess both are possible... Sorry for the confusion.
As for the heat pipes cooking the caps, don't worry. The pipes are actually cooler than the caps. In my Pentium D system (where the CPU ran over 80C) the Ninja heat pipes measured around 45C (warm to the touch). The VRM caps on the other hand were downright hot
to the touch (and died after about a year).
Lest that worry you, don't be alarmed. That was a very special case: a 150W overclocked CPU on a P5LD2 motherboard with inadequate VRM cooling. A Conroe draws much less power, and the photos of your motherboard show it has very substantial VRM cooling.