I’m looking for some recommendations for a good CPU heatsink/fan. This is my first system build. As of now I am not planning on over clocking anytime soon but may in the future. I bought a Zalman CNPS8700 LED fan and really liked it overall, but unfortunately it would not fit on the ASUS P5E3 Premium motherboard. The heat sinks on the mobo around the LGA775 socket interfered with the installation chip. I am looking for a fan around the 450 gram range (max weight recommend for the LGA 775 mother boards as I understand it) and preferably all copper.
System specs are:
Hipper Osiris mid-tower case, Hipper 680W PSU, ASUS P5E3 Premium WiFi mobo, Intel E8600, 4 GB Corsair DDR3-1600, 2 Segate SATA hd (one 500 GB, one 300), Vista Ultimate – 64 bit.
When applying thermal paste with the Xigmatek cooler, apply a thin layer across the CPU IHS (top) or across the whole base of the heatsink. The paste won't spread properly through contact because of the gaps between the heatpipes and the base.
My mobo is P5E3 Premium Wifi , too, and now I use Thermalright Inferno FX-14 (tower heatsink) and fan from Aerocool 12 cm.
Great work, cool temp and very silent (very low dB).
But you must use big case for this heatsink.
The CCF does have installation problems. Go with the Xigmatek and don't forget the backplate, it's very important. I just installed one with a Q6600 OCed to 3G and got Prime 95 small FFT temps of ~47,47,45,45 measured with Core Temp, with an ambient of ~70F (21C).