I'm getting ready to build a computer, and I've picked out the components after several days of being glued to the internet (reading, reading, reading, crying, reading, sleeping, reading...). I have chosen the M4N75TD, and the AMD Phenom II 1055T Six-Core CPU. I have based everything else on these choices, but my biggest concern is this: What cooling solution to use? At first I chose the Cooler Master V6GT, but after reading an installation guide (the most detailed I could find, anyway, since most guides are for Intel motherboard), it would seem this big square will cover at least one RAM slot. I cannot have this! So I looked up more cooling units, and ran into the Thermaltake Frio. Well, it's apparently easier to install, but still hovers over a RAM slot (they advice to use short RAM modules...). I've hit a wall, it seems.
I am wondering if anyone here owns this motherboard? If so, what cooling unit do you use? Does it cover any RAM slots? Was it a pain in the behind to install? I need help badly on this issue. I've been all over the place seeking advice, but haven't run into anyone who has this motherboard yet, so no one really knows what to tell me.
I don't know how comfortable I feel using a water cooling solution, since this will be my first (yep, my first) self-built PC. The reason I have chosen to do so, finally, is because I'm tired of shelling out over $1,000 for a computer that falls apart after 1-2 years. This didn't used to happen to me in the past, but I suppose the computer retail business is like the car retail business. If they sold us a car that would last forever, they wouldn't make much money, now, would they? And I believe, sort of, in the old saying, if you want something right, you've got to do it yourself. Yeah... I bet I'm still saying that after I fry this computer.
Ah... well, the whole computer, I'll list it here. Mind you, my laptop is shutting itself off at random, so this may take me a while. It's already done it once. Thankfully, Firefox is good at remember what I have typed.
I've heard very good things about G.Skill. They're not available on TigerDirect... hmph... I'm tempted to just get everything at NewEgg now.
And you've never heard anything about a liquid cooling solution busting and leaking? The possibility scares me, I won't lie.
*edit* I've asked this question before, and got two different answers... this mobo, for instance, has an nVidia onboard chipset and says it is "SLI Ready". But does that mean only nVidia video cards will work in it? And vice versa.. there's better Asus mobos, for instance, that have onboard ATI chipsets and say they're "Crossfire Ready"... but I prefer nVidia GPUs, always have.
That's what I thought about the motherboards... the motherboard in my list supports SLI, so that makes me happy. I've owned a few ATIs, but I was just never impressed with them. Regardless I've had the cooling fans fall out of both nVidia and ATI cards, but that was probably the manufacturer. I like MSI video cards (only their video cards) because of TwinFrozr, they seem to take their GPU cooling more seriously than others.
Also... file 13? *googles file 13* Trash can, eh? Well nothing is full proof... but it's looking like it's either that, or a single-fan heatsink
Hey, just built a system with the same board and ram, and had a big problem with it, but I wish you the best of luck. Let me know how it goes. Let me know what you had to do to get your ram working in dual channel mode with 1600 mhz speed.