I've gone ahead and purchased new parts for my gaming rig. I was a bit silly about some of the cost, but I bought what I wanted. I purchased a CoolerMaster V8 for the core i7 1366 socket. What I didn't realize was how tall this thing would be. It stands 158mm tall. Yikes! I bought a mid-tower case -- the AZZA Fantom 900 -- that sports a side fan. The fan will unfortunately impede the installation of the V8, so I'm stuck either getting a full size tower or a different CPU cooler. I'm thinking the latter.
Does anyone have a good socket 1366 CPU cooler to recommend? If anyone is interested here's the full build.
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield
AZZA Fantom 900 Black Japanese SECC Steel/Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
AZZA Dynamo 850 850W ATX & EPS 12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
SAPPHIRE 100290SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Eyefinity
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Just about all of the 775 socket heatsinks are also available for the new Intel Core i3/i5/i7 series sockets. I have an original CM Hyper 212 rather than the newer 212+. Recently I purchased an adapter for a few dollars that will allow me to install it in my new Intel Core i7 860 system. I just want to see what it can do in a newer system. I did the same thing with my original Thermalright Ultra 120. Both heatsinks can still hold their own against newer models.
When you remove the stock cpu heatsink you will have to remove the old thermal compound from the heatsink and cpu; clean both surfaces; and reapply new thermal compound. You can use inexpensive alcohol purchased at a local pharmacy to remove compound and clean the surfaces. Follow the manufacturer's instruction for applying the new thermal compound.
BTW - You'll need a case that is more than 8 inches wide if you want to install a tall tower style heatsink and a case fan on the side panel. The minimum is close to 8 inches with no fan on the side panel.