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Looking for an inexpensive heat sink / cooler that will work with my high profile RAM

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July 4, 2014 2:00:21 PM

OK so yesterday (July 3, 2014) I upgraded my PC with a new Motherboard (Z-97 A), CPU (4790K) and GPU (GTX 760). I had intended to install a new heat sink/cooler (EVO 212), but it didn't fit with my RAM. As such, I only installed the factory heat sink/cooler for the CPU.

Anyway, I'm a bit worried about temperatures of my CPU. Yesterday, under what is likely fairly light load (World of Warcraft and a few browser windows open) I saw it creep up towards 70 degrees. So I'm a bit concerned whether the stock cooling will be sufficient.

Three questions:
1) Is there a good heat monitoring tool I can download that will graph the heat versus load in a way I can look at it after to see if there actually is a problem.
2) Can anyone recommend a good heat sink /cooler I can install that won't interfere with my RAM and most importantly I don't have to remove the motherboard again.
3) Would adding two more computer case fans help out? One 80mm actually sits right behind the motherboard and lines up to the cpu (should it blow at the cpu or exhaust out?), and another 120mm I'd put out the back as exhaust.

Last but not least, I'm not looking to spend $100 on a cooling unit, nor $160+ on new low profile RAM.

Your assistance, as always is most appreciated. This forum is amazing and I thank you all so much.

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July 4, 2014 2:57:10 PM

Most good aftermarket CPU coolers require to place a backplate, if your case has a cutaway behind the mobo for this purpouse, that would make it easier. It would help to know the model of the Dimms, for the clearance you require for the heatsink.
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July 4, 2014 3:31:42 PM

This is my RAM CM3X2G1333C9DHX

Yes I do have access to behind the motherboard, so I would be able to access it easily.
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July 4, 2014 3:53:23 PM

allgar said:
This is my RAM CM3X2G1333C9DHX

Yes I do have access to behind the motherboard, so I would be able to access it easily.


That is a very old ram stick, just check the voltage required, 1.8v for 1600Mhz!
I would really recommend you to change it for something better as it could cause stability issues with the new mobo/cpu.
You can get better ram dimms for $80
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.05 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Micro Center)
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July 4, 2014 4:15:20 PM

6R1M01R3 said:
allgar said:
This is my RAM CM3X2G1333C9DHX

Yes I do have access to behind the motherboard, so I would be able to access it easily.


That is a very old ram stick, just check the voltage required, 1.8v for 1600Mhz!
I would really recommend you to change it for something better as it could cause stability issues with the new mobo/cpu.
You can get better ram dimms for $80
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.05 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Micro Center)


Yeah I was really hoping to avoid it... I mean, right now I'm already in for about $1100 on my rebuild... guess another $200 won't kill me. I'll take a look around for prices. Since I'm upgrading the RAM I may as well get 16GB instead of only 8GB.

Thanks again.
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