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Thermaltake Frio, Ram slots, Case size

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March 10, 2011 11:51:15 PM

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.

MOBO:
MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBXH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and Thermaltake Frio
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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?

Thanks!

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a b K Overclocking
March 10, 2011 11:58:04 PM

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.
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March 11, 2011 12:06:30 AM

What exactly do you mean by "it's only opted to perform at it's optimal settings." Like I mentioned, huge newbie to computer building.
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a b K Overclocking
March 11, 2011 12:28:01 AM

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.
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March 11, 2011 1:10:46 AM

Would there be a noticeable performance difference if I used 2 and 4? Also, would that void the mobo warranty?
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a c 144 K Overclocking
March 11, 2011 1:31:11 AM

I have that exact RAM and a Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B and it clears fine.
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a b K Overclocking
March 11, 2011 1:31:35 AM

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.
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March 11, 2011 2:11:51 AM

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March 11, 2011 2:12:57 AM

Thanks everyone for your help. I am excited/terrified about building this thing tomorrow :) 
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a b K Overclocking
March 11, 2011 2:36:13 AM

Your Welcome.

Just be careful the Thermaltake Frio is a 2 person installation.Really chanllenging to install by yourself.
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a b K Overclocking
March 11, 2011 7:41:16 AM

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 :) 

http://www.myphotos.yahoo.com/s/20zwi8fye0ub1y1gw6ys



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a c 289 K Overclocking
March 11, 2011 7:02:28 PM

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).

902 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$15 off with promo code HARDOCPX3X9E, ends 3/13

In the future, this would solve the RAM clearance concern.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Read your MoBo manual.....generally the slots used in a 2 module system are the 2nd and 4th from the CPU.
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