I'm looking for a cooler for $50 or less, for my i7-930. I'm hoping to overclock 4.0GHz, but am not set on that speed. Mainly I just want to fully utilize the overclockability of the i7-930 for a reasonable price.
What cooler do you recommend?
Good recommendation by saint19 - the heatsink looks similar to Megahalem which is also a good heatsink.
I noticed that you have G.SKILL PI Series RAM - check whether the RAM height will physically interfere with the heatsink. This was the issue with my Corsair Dominator RAM which is tall similar to G.SKILL PI Series. This was what prevented me from installing a Megahalem heatsink (now have V8 heatsink).
I suggest polishing the heatsink base flat (leave the CPU alone). And go with AS5 thermal compound applied per recommendations found elsewhere on this site.
Well, I'd love to get something with good cooling, I just don't know how to judge whether or not my memory will block it. I'd hate to get a $50 cooler, only to discover it is too big.
Thanks for the link to microcenter, that's a great price.
Actually, I could return my memory, which would be a loss of $30, but might be necessary.
How can I tell if the RAM will fit?
Do you think the Hyper 212+ will fit?
(I don't actually have the RAM on me, since I'm out of town)
The width of the Hyper 212 is 79.7mm and the fan width is 25mm.
Therefore 1/2 x 79.7 + 25 +1/2 x RAM thickness = 64.85mm (rounded to 65mm) +1/2 x RAM thickness is what you will need from the centerline of the CPU to the centerline of the RAM slot nearest the CPU.
You need 65mm + 1/2 x RAM thickness = dimension from centerline of CPU to centerline of RAM slot nearest the CPU. To this dimension you must add 1.0mm clearance.
I did not see the thickness of the G Skill PI RAM in the specs. You may have to physically measure this or call the factory.
In my case, I went to a computer store and physically measured the RAM dimensions before I made my decision as to which heatsink to purchase. From this measurement, I concluded that I needed to provide an undercut of about 2.0mm to the fan in order to make the Megahalem work. I decided against doing this and purchased a Cooler Master V8 instead (the V10 was totally out of the question because of RAM height and clearances).
With this type of information, you can avoid most surprises.