I have bought a i7-860 Retail Boxed CPU this week at Micro Center for $229 which I believe is about the best price out there and am getting ready to buy an Asus P7P55D Motherboard and Corsair XMS3 4GB Kit as a combo deal at Newegg. I had already bought a Coolermaster CM 690 Case and a Coolermaster 700 Watt Modular Power Supply. When the Motherboard comes in I would like to install a better air cooler than the one that came with it before I install the Motherboard in my case.
I would like advice about a good cooler that will both cool as well as possible at a reasonable noise level and also fit my Asus P7P55D Motherboard and Coolermaster CM 690 Case.
@OP: You'll have to wait a while for the manufacturs go get the LGA1156 brackets out. Only the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus comes with the i5 brackets right now AFAIK. The Core Contact doesn't have it yet.