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Advice on CPU Heatsink

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June 7, 2013 9:49:20 AM

Hello Tom's Hardware community,

I am new to this website and have used it as a resource to aid in my first self-built rig recently.

Note that I am looking to overclock (to a reasonable level as I do not want to damage anything) my Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155.

I am looking for advice regarding my CPU heat sink. Because I am new to building PCs, I was not aware that the aftermarket CPU heat sink I purchased - Phanteks PH-TC14PE_RD 140mm UFB - would interfere with the RAM I purchased - CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB). The motherboard is an ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155.

After noticing this problem while putting my rig together, I decided to just install the stock heat sink so that I could get my computer running that night.

Searching around Newegg, I came across the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO, which seems to be very well reviewed, and is very reasonably priced. I was wondering if this CPU heat sink will also get in the way with the RAM installed.

The other solution I came up with was to change my RAM to CORSAIR Vengeance LP 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866. Because it is low profile, it should fit with the Phanteks PH-TC14PE_RD 140mm UFB (correct)? Also, the reason I would upgrade to the 32gb, is because I do not think I would be able to replace the RAM without taking out the heat sink, so I want to extra memory for the future.

Obviously, buying the Hyper 212 EVO would be much cheaper than replacing the expensive CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB). Also, the aesthetics of the CORSAIR Dominator Platinum is also a factor in my decision, but it is not everything.

I am looking for all advice people may have for me. Thank You in advance :) 


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June 7, 2013 10:06:32 AM

Your best bet is to replace the ram with low profile you cannot use the 212 EVO it will conflict with your ram.