Hey, im gonna upgrade from my old socket A athlon 3200+ to a nice dual core Opty 165, on a Asus A8N SLI Deluxe, but whats the best CPU cooler that i can fit in? As in are there any to avoid because of size/placement?
I'm using a Zalman CNPS9500 w/ArticSilver5 on my Opteron165 (gave it's stock cooler to my roommate for his A64 4000+ San Diego). Granted I just built the thing like 3 days ago it's been running idle at about 27C at stock speeds, haven't really stressed it at all yet though.
It's a little ackward to install at first, just make sure you have a decent length screw driver. I like it's little latch piece you screw down, as how it fits on the heatsink it prevents it from sliding up or down once the mobo is in a case. Basically locks it in place vertically (you can still twist it if you wanted too for some reason).
Unlike my Thermaltake Tower 112a I had on my old system, weight about 5lbs and was afriad it was going to slide off the cpu over time so I used a lot of pressured to attach that thing to my 754s I had.
But anyway I hope this helps