So I'm about to receive my computer parts tomorrow, and I am nervous about the Thermaltake Frio. It is friggen huge, and I'm not sure if I will be able to fit it. This is my first self made computer so I am new to all this.
The way I am thinking of setting it up now is to have the fan blow away from the ram, because if I turned it towards the ram, it would block my DIMM 1 slot. The MOBO manual says "To ensure a successful system boot-up, always insert memory modules into the DIMM 1 first." The manual also says to install the ram into every other slot, in their example its DIMM 1 and DIMM 3
Here is where I have a question. When it says the DIMM 1 is it just using that as an example, or does it HAVE to be DIMM 1. Could I used DIMM2 and DIMM4? That way I could install the heatsink facing the memory, and install the additional optional fan on the other side.
Second question, my case width is 8.10", is that large enough to support this behemoth?
RAM with heatsinks(like yours) it's possible it won't fit with the FRIO.I have the frio but i don't have RAM heatsinks on them.Theirs just enough clearance for them.I'd say theirs about a quarter of an inch left to spare in between the frio and my RAM.I guess it could be possible to fit it since the fans they use with the frio use rubber mounts instead of wire clips.So it's possible it could flex a little to allow for RAM with heatsinks.
With your mobo it's only opted to perform at it's optimal settings.It doesn't require that they HAVE to be in the first 2 slots.You can put them anywhere as long as their linked because their dual channel.
It's like a preferred type thing,for best results when your only using 2 sticks of RAM.Think of it like if your using all 4 sticks of RAM it doesn't really matter which slots they go in just as long their all the same frequency.
Just thought you should know that the Frio will fit in your case but your probably not gonna be able to use the side fan mount.
No their wouldn't be any diffierence in performance between which slot you used.They are all the same.
Using different RAM slots?No that won't void the warranty.If you are super paranoid about it you can email MSI and tell them about the situation.How you have just bought a Thermaltake Frio and you want to know if you can use different RAM slots because it might block it somehow.Might take a while but i'm sure they can clear it up ez.
My mobo says to run them in the same slots as yours and i'm not and nothing has ever happend.I'm actually planning on getting the AMD version of your board soon.
I have that motherboard and i have a single 4gig Corsair Vengence ram stick on the 2nd ram slot and it works. Heres the pictures. Although i might put it in the 1st ram slot because i have room cause i have the Prolimatech Armageddon heatsink so i have no problem with tall ram heatsinks
The 900 is cheaper but I'd there's new 902 version with the front USB 3 ports. I'd call Antec and tell them ya bought the wrong one ....ask if they will send you a USB 3.0 front panel module that fits the old 900. They did exactky that fo me when USB 2 came out (3 machines too).