I still have an unused Zalman CNPS7700 cooler from a socket 478 project. This model also lists socket 775 as a fit. I will be building a i7 (920) machine and I am NOT planning to OC the rig. I would never risk my components for $25 but I thought it was worth asking everyone if you think this round flower-style array of copper petals with the big fann in the center would do enough cooling.
I sent Zalman a message on their request system asking if a mounting bracket kit was available for the LGA1366.
I will have this i7 on an ATX mobo inside a Cooler Master haf932 case. I had planned to put an extra fan or two in the case skin, anyway.
No heroic measures like water cooling. Sounds like an interesting diversion for a build project but I have to get the computer up and running in my short Spring session vacation - with a minimum of hassle. (That Honda radiator idea mentioned in a recent forum post is just so cool, though...)
Without a separat mounting bracket it will be pretty hard to get it to fit in there. It would take a great deal of work to design a mounting aystem for it. I would reccomend going with a new cooler instead. How about the core contact freezer... it is extremely cheap and is in the top ten for best coolers.
Get a bigger cooler you will need more metal on that beast to cool it. Dont skimp on that you will kick yourself later if you dont. Go out and buy a quality cooler you spending 300 on a cpu u can afford 50 atleast for a nice cooler.
Thanks everyone. Yup, if the consensus is that the Zalman will not dissipate enough heat I'd be glad to mount a more effective cooler. I saw replacement kits for coolers out there so hoped that the Zalman people had created something similar. No answer from them yet, but it's moot because I will get another cooler.
...everything ordered and on the way now for the project. Looking forward to the results.