Question about Heatsinks on Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3

I just ordered a Gigabyte DS3 and plan to do some moderate to heavy overclocking on it with a E6300, but I'm unsure if some heatsinks I've been looking at will get along together. I plan to use either a Tuniq Tower or a Thermalright Ultra 120 for the CPU, but my main concern is the Thermalright HR-05 I plan to use for the northbridge. I want to know if having the Tower or the Ultra 120 will get in the way of the HR-05 when installed.

Another thing is, I can only seem to find the HR-05-SLI for sale, which doesn't have my motherboard on the compatibility list....is that heatsink the same as the HR-05? If it'll work all the same then I'll just grab that instead. Thanks for any help on this.
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  1. I have that board with the TT120 as well and yes, it does get in the way of having any kind of NB fan. I just installed a spot fan that blows directly on the NB.
  2. I have a scythe ninja Plus on board DS3 and it is big anough to cover 1/3 part pf NB.

    I use 4 inch sunon fan sticked with glue on the NB heatsink.

    This sunon fan is somehow very quite on 5,600 rpm.
  3. I have an Antec Spot fan that pushes a ton of air at the NB and it's very quiet.
  4. i use actually a huge zalman 9700 and small 40 mm x 40 mm fan for north bridge with stock heatsink in it ...here a from my system
  5. My setup is all stock cooling. No chassis fan. My graphics's card is a Gigabyte 7600gt "fanless card." I have the CPU overclocked to 3.15Ghz. Temps at normal use is MB 45c, Cpu 35, Graphics's card 45c. What helps keep my system cool is a case that has an 80mm fan in front sucking in air, a 200mm side fan and a rear 80mm fan sucking the air out. The motherboard doesn't go over 50c under load.
  6. impresed temp in stock ...good work

    what is your case ?
  7. It's called the "iCute." This case has one drawback though, if you wanted to mount one of those third party CPU coolers that is over 15cm tall it will bump into the side fan.
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    Another thing is, I can only seem to find the HR-05-SLI for sale, which doesn't have my motherboard on the compatibility list....is that heatsink the same as the HR-05? If it'll work all the same then I'll just grab that instead. Thanks for any help on this.

    They're not the same. The HR-05-SLI is made for nVidia and ATI chipset boards. The HR-05 is for most everything else. The 'DS3 is listed on the compatability list for the HR-05. Plenty of places sell the HR-05, it's just out of stock at most. I guess that's what you meant by couldn't find? Here's one that appears to have it in stock:
    http://www.coolerguys.com/840556026273.html
  9. I have a Ninja an also wanted to use the HR-05 and do think it will fit if oriented the right way. Before I removed the motherboard I tried just adding a 40X10MM fan to the stock HS. It slid in under the fins perfectly and does the job great. NB was "burn you hot" and is now just luke warm.
    The fan had a bit of a whine and I added a Zalman speed controller and slowed it down a bit and now I can't hear it but see no deminished cooling.
    The fan fits just right to use screws into the fins of the stock HS. Glad I didn't go to the hassle of removing everything when not needed.
    Pic@
    http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y73/cardio2/Fan2.jpg

    Running 475*8=3.8 at 42~54c load on E6420 DS3 3.3 Vista 32. Delighted !!
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