I am looking for a cooler that doesn't cover one of the slots on my Asus P6T (Not Deluxe) as all the slots are populated. The Patriot Viper RAM has a very robust heatshield that takes some extra room between the CPU and the mobo slots.
The build is the following:
CPU I7 920
GPU Sapphire Radeon 5870
Patriot Viper XMP 12GB 1600 MHz (@1333Mhz)
HD WD 1TB Sata II
DVD Pionner Dual Layer
PSU Corsair 850W
ASUS Vento TA-M11
AOC 42" H428Pw + LG W2353V 23
UPS of 1200VA
Windows 7 64 bits
A top cooler which has the highest ground clearance is the Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme which has a 43mm clearance to its first heatsink fin... See this page for its clearance on a 1366 board with Gskill Ripjaws (which have prominent heatsinks)... the heatsink lists the P6T mobo in its compatibility list too...
Not overclock use stock cooler is fine and safelly . You have more space for air flow.
As I wrote in the other post, the temperatures at my location are quite high. The summer has just begun with temps ranging from 30C (Fahrenheit 86) to 38C (Fahrenheit 100). Actually the temps are like that for the most of the year. So the stock cooler might not be enough.