Gigabyte EP45-UD3R Heatsink options, help!

Hey guys, i purchased this mobo to replace a schizo Asus P5NE that ive had for a while now. I use a core 2 duo e6600 and would like to reach about 3.0-3.2 ghz stable if possible.

Originall i wanted to grab a Zalman CNPS8700 LED, but the clip method it attaches wont work due to the heatsinks, see this picture:

http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2008/11/gigabyte-ga-ep45-ud3r/overview-l.jpg

The heatsinks aren't super tall, as you can see in this pic:
http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2008/11/gigabyte-ga-ep45-ud3r/2-8.jpg

The problem is my case won't allow me to use anything thats over about 110mm tall, so i'm fairly limited in my options in terms of heatsinks.

The Coolermaster GeminII S looks like a very good heatsink and performs well, it doesnt use a clip mounting system, but im concerned that it may not clear the NB Heatsinks heighth wise, anybody that may have more experience with this can take a look and give some opinions?

I also am considering the Glacialtech Igloo 5610 PWM, and the Thermalright SI-128. I'm kinda hesitant against the thermalright as the cost is pretty high considering it doesn't come with a 120mm fan. The glacialtech is nice and compact and will definitely fit, but i'm concerned about how well it performs compared to the GeminII S and SI-128.

I hope you guys can help, this is supposedly a very good mobo, and i want to OC, but my height limitation is causing me problems.
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  1. Hi Kutark,

    I've just bought this board too, to replace my Gigabyte GA-8S648FX, and i must say, Gigabyte boards are the best in the industry, my 8S648FX P4 Titan lasted me 5 years before suddenly dying on me, possibly due to heat stress, i have yet to repair it.

    It is a lovely board, and well worth the money. I had a lot of trouble with the stock cooler with my Pentium Dual Core E5200, 2.5GHz, the push pin system is crap, so i've gone for a Spire QuadroFlow IX cooler. It uses an X Clamp type bracket, so you'll need to remove your motherboard, and it uses spring loaded screws, which i prefer to nasty plastic push pins. I haven't actually fitted it yet, so am not entirely sure if its gonna fit, but i'll report back tomorrow.

    Overall i'd recommend you get a bigger case, i have a Jeantech monster that i've had for 5 years, it's built like a tank, and has a removable motherboard tray.
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