I'm thinking about overclocking a q9550 on this board. I have been looking for an aftermarket CPU cooler, but there are many issues with DIMM clearances since the PI SERIES have massive heatspreaders.
I've already ruled out the NH-D14 and mugen 2 rev b. I'm not sure if the megahalems would fit, but that isn't an option since it isn't available locally.
I'm thinking about the zalman cnps10x extreme, but I can't find much on clearances.
i took some measurements and i think the nh-d14 would be really tight (within a few mm of touching the ram). but that's without the second fan. i don't think i would be able shift the fan up because it might hit the case before clearing the ram. is this correct?
i am using the CM 690 case, and i have about 165mm from the CPU to the side of the case (without the side fan).
would you recommend any other cpu coolers which will fit with this ram?
yeah i saw that the mobo is compatible, but the ram (g skill pi series) isn't..
It also states this on the site:
The NH-D14 is a big cooler that extends over the first RAM slots on most mainboards. The cooler offers sufficient clearance for all standard size memory modules, but you won’t be able to use memory modules higher than 44mm.
i'm sorry if i am completely wrong, or have misinterpreted the information.
after doing some research, I'm thinking of getting the Thermalright Archon since it has no memory clearance issues. i've checked the coolermaster site and it says that it will be able to fit. what do you think of this cooler?
thanks for all your help so far. much appreciated!