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CPU Cooler for ASUS Maximus III Formula

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May 25, 2010 12:50:20 AM

I haven't build a system since...would you believe P90 days? So, after years of buying what other companies think I want, I decided to get back into it. Wow, has technology evolved! My question is about compatibility [and clearance] of today's monster CPU coolers.

Here is what I am throwing together:

Antec Nine Hundred Two box
ASUS Maximus III Formula mobo
Corsair XMS3 DDR3 8GB

I have seen some reviews concerning coolers that are essentially blocking the first DIMM slot preventing users from utilizing the entire bank capacity. Can anyone suggest a heat sink / cooler that (1) will not block the first slot, (2) does not require "modification" to fit the mobo and clear the first DIMM, and (3) what is the height of the cooler mounted on the chip / mobo?

Thanks.
May 25, 2010 5:04:59 AM

What is ur budget to buy a CPU Heatsink? Plz mention budget too before asking any component.
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May 25, 2010 10:01:15 PM

abhi_jollyguy said:
What is ur budget to buy a CPU Heatsink? Plz mention budget too before asking any component.


I don't know if I had a budget in mind, but my expectation was to spend $0-75 USD [including any applicable sales tax and shipping]. Of course, the main focus was the fit. Also, was not considering any liquid cooling, only air cooling.

My main focus is to find a turn-key solution - a cooler that does not require any user modifications in order to make it work. A secondary focus was to find something that was "cool" since the case has LEDs and a window.

Hope this helps.
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May 26, 2010 6:55:35 AM

UTMBA2007 said:
I don't know if I had a budget in mind, but my expectation was to spend $0-75 USD [including any applicable sales tax and shipping]. Of course, the main focus was the fit. Also, was not considering any liquid cooling, only air cooling.

My main focus is to find a turn-key solution - a cooler that does not require any user modifications in order to make it work. A secondary focus was to find something that was "cool" since the case has LEDs and a window.

Hope this helps.



Prolimatech Megahalem Rev. B CPU Cooler is available at www.Newegg.com @ $62.00 and u will have to buy 2 fans for it so u can buy these fans http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and buy 2 fans so that u can install this cooler in a PUSH/PULL Config.

It will cost u exact $75 or may be less than $75

Enjoy
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May 26, 2010 6:43:08 PM
June 5, 2010 1:28:24 PM

Thanks to everyone for their input; however, I don't believe the concerns of my original question were directly answered. My concern had to do with fit on the motherboard [as it applied to the first strip of RAM] not price, performance, or any other feature of the cooler.

I did contact the manufacturers of all of the components I listed for information and only Antec responded. The others "danced" around my questions. I have found Tom's site [along with a couple of others] very good in recommending parts in the reviews. I used one of Tom's current reviews on coolers where four were recommended and went to each of the manufacturer's websites.

After spending considerable time on each manufacturer's site, only one provided the answers I required. Most every site provided an engineering drawing and some good screen shots of their respective products; however, there is one that stood out among the rest.

The Noctua site is simple awesome and provided laymen information on its products. There is a "compatibility" tab on the site [http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=compatibility_gen&pr...] taking the person to a detailed list of motherboards and RAM modules which are compatible with its coolers. This is the turnkey solution I wanted - plus it is one of Tom's top four!

I purchased the NOCTUA NH-D14 and it is scheduled for delivery on this coming Tuesday.

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