Hi, G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 for the memory.
I read one review in which somebody said they couldn't fit the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus on the asus p8p67 deluxe without covering a dimm slot.
I also get the feeling that the Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler might be an issue as it is huge. But I haven't read someone say it would not work with that exact configuration.
I haven't built the system or even ordered all of the parts yet or else I might just trial and error until I found one.
The Hyper 212+ should fit with the RAM, but if you want go for sure you need something bigger like Titan Fenrir, Thermalright Archon, Noctua NH-D14 or Thermalright Silver Arrow.
Covering a DIMM slot isn't an issue, the height of the RAM fins is what you need to worry about. Pretty much every decent cooler now will hang over the memory area so you can't get RAM with tall spreaders.
The Ripjaws series don't have fins, only a little bit that sticks up, so you'd be fine with pretty much every cooler out there - it's not tall enough to get in the way of the cooler or the fans.
So, as asked above, what's your case and how far do you want to push your overclock? These factors will influence your cooler choice, but your RAM isn't going to be a problem.
Kingston HyperX or Corsair Vengeance is a different story altogether (Google some pictures to compare them to the Ripjaws and you'll see what I mean).
The case is a HAF 922. I'd be happy with anything above 4.0 GHz for the 2600k due to my lack of experience, and I can't have things crashing or overheating due to my work.
Covering a DIMM slot isn't an issue...
Thanks, I had been considering the vengeance, but now I will definitely get the Ripjaw.
Overclocking Sandy Bridge is easy because Intel have nerfed the hell out of it - set CPU multiplier, choose RAM multiplier, maybe fiddle the voltage a little. Done, because you can't really do much else.
For 4GHz I should imagine the Hyper 212+ will be sufficient, anything faster will need something heftier like a Megahalems or those twin-rad monsters like the Noctua D14 or Silver Arrow to be safe.
All will be fine with your Ripjaws RAM as it's not tall enough to interfere.
Yep! Ripjaws and the new X models are 41mm tall. I would consider coolers that aren't wide for best results with all dimms filled. Excellent coolers that fit that criteria width wise. CM 212+ = 80mm TR Venomous X = 63mm Prolimatech Armageddon = 50mm " Megahalems = 74mm