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March 6, 2011 3:16:13 PM

I am trying to figure out which cpu cooler will fit in my case without hitting ram or side fan. I installed the stock cooler for now but want to upgrade the cooler ASAP so I can start rendering the video which I know will put a lot of strain on CPU. My specs are listed below. Any help would be great. I plan on turning on hyperthreading.
I don't think this will require overclocking.

The components are:

Motherboard: Asus P7P55D-E Pro
CPU: Intel i7-870
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (4gb x 2) DDR3 1333 (F3-10666CL9D-*GBRL)

Case: Apevia X-Plorer2 (pink/black)
Video Card: HIS ICEQ Radeon H567Q1GD HD5670 RT 1GB
PSU: Corsair 650HX modular
HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB 7200RPM
also have a WD cavier green 500gb used for storage as well as several external HD of various sizes
Monitor: HP vs17 LCD
Modem: HIRO data fax 56k H50006 PCI card
Optical Drive: lg lightscribe cd/dvd burner
OS: Windows 7 pro 64bit system builders
Photoshop CS5 extended
Corel/Ulead Video Studio 11.5 plus (will be upgrading to X2 if 11.5 doesn't work with win7 64bit)

I do a very large amount of photo editing (have canon digital rebel and shoot in raw format). I digital scrapbook and have had files exceed 1gb.
I also do video editing of home videos converting mini dv tapes (.avi) to dvd, as well as dvd slideshows (this is your life type things).

I am coming from dell dimension e310 pentium ht and windows xp pro 32 bit, where rendering a 2 hour video took almost 24 hours.

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a c 186 K Overclocking
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March 6, 2011 4:38:34 PM

Your options are limited since your case is only 7.25" wide and includes a 200mm side fan which further reduces the width.
Also depends on how much you're willing to spend since some coolers cost more then a good case.
Noctua NH-C12P SE14 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
Noctua NH-U9B SE2 92mm SSO CPU Cooler
COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 compatible GeminII S
March 6, 2011 4:55:36 PM

Thanks for giving me some options. I have been looking at all the different coolers for days, but am just a little overwelmed by all the choices and I just want to make sure it will fit on the motherboard without interferring with all 4 of the ram slots (I do plan on adding 2 more sticks of G.Skills ripjaws to up the total to 16mb if I see the need to do so) and also in the case. I measured and get a little over 5" that I have to play with as far as distance from MB to case fan on side.

I had been looking at the different zalman coolers, but just couldn't figure out if they would fit.
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March 6, 2011 7:26:11 PM

I think I am going to pick one of the noctua coolers you suggested. I just have decide which one, just wish they weren't so blah looking. Thanks again for the help.
a b K Overclocking
March 7, 2011 3:51:55 AM

I'd go with the Noctua...Those fans alone are expensive and high quality.