I'm looking to switch to air cooling and currently debating the best way to do it.
I already have the 302 case with my system inside and the corsair vengeance ram. I have a 4x4 16GB so all 4 channels are in use and they're not low profile. Model number is CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 if anyone wants to look into it.
If at all possible i dont want to change the ram simply because the 16gb kits are expensive and other than the clearance issue there is nothing wrong with my corsair modules.
I already made the mistake of buying a noctua d14 last week only to find it wouldnt clear my ram so i dont want another mistake like that if possible.
What i'm considering is getting the phanteks ph-tc14pe as its supposed to clear my ram- i've researched it a lot and seen pics with it clearing corsair vengeance specific ram so it should clear it no trouble. What i'm worried about however is the case, the 302 has good height clearance (170mm) and the phanteks is 160mm (171mm with the fans). The fans can be moved down to clear that mm but if i have to move them up to clear my ram i'm going to have problems.
Would anyone know for certain if it would all fit?
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Hmmm interesting but i really do want to push my 2700k to its limits so ideally looking for the best cooling available. Its an option i'll give you that but currently not something i would really be considering.
I apologize for the delayed response, but I only found this thread today while I research the PH-TC14PE as a potential cooler for my next build. I've been asking myself very similar questions about clearance, and I found the perfect solution for you.
If you look closely at the fans that come with the PE, you should note that the mounting holes are notably far from the outer edges of the fan. Upon researching the 140mm fans on the Phanteks website, it is revealed that these fans are, indeed, 140mm but mount with the standard 120mm pattern.
This is confirmed as being the case when you check the "Fan Compatibilities" section of the "Specs" tab on the Phanteks PE webpage. Therefore, you could replace the stock fans with 120mm fans of your choice and buy yourself 10mm of clearance at both the top and the bottom. This should allow for both the taller RAM and the clearance within your case.
My personal build plan is to compensate for the smaller fan size by adding a third 120mm fan on the back. I'm considering a trio of Aerocool DS 120mm fans for symmetry and weight balance, but a pair of 140mm and a single 120mm in front would provide max possible performance and still allow RAM clearance...even if being a little lopsided. 120-140-120 balances all aspects, though. Decisions, decisions...