I am doing a build for a friend, and we are looking for a CPU cooler for this motherboard. We purchased a xigmatek aegir, which is not fitting properly without the brackets, and we are unable to get in touch with the company to get the hardware. So at this point I'm looking for a cooler that is known to work well this motherboard, I've been eyeing the corsair H60, but she would prefer against liquid cooling (paranoia).
priorities are first and foremost ease of installation, second price per cooling power.
we will NOT be over clocking this unit, just using it for general gaming.
I have a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ with LGA 2011 retention bracket on my i7-3820 (on ASRock X79 Extreme 6), lightly overclocked it runs cool. Anything bigger is probably overkill if you aren't overclocking. The Noctua is a better cooler, but I doubt you'll see any consequential improvement for you extra $60 spent.