Yes it will work, might not be the best but way better than the stock cooler. And imo, zalman makes the best looking heatsinks
@bobknight, there may be no therm resistance on the 9700, but there is on the 9500 which is 0.12-0.16C/watt, the 97 is a 95 with heatpipes
well as mentioned above, if you wanna go with air cooling
the Xigmatek S1283 and TRUE are the best.
i would go for the Xiggy myself, the 9700 is a very nice looking cooler (thats why i bought it ) but the fan is noticeably loud when its on full blast. when i turn up the fan settings for the 9700, i hear it louder than all my other fans in my case combined. :T
or you could always go with a phase changing cooler for lower temps and no noise.