CPU Air flow

I just bought:

Core i5 2500K cpu

MSI P67A-GD65 mobo

Corsair Vengenace RAM 8GB (4GBx2)

Corsair 600T case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139003

Cooler Master Hyper 212+ heatsink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&Tpk=cool%20master%20212

My problem is the RAM is in the way of the Hyper 212 fan. I can move the fan to the other side of the heat sink (pushing air into the case rather than out) but would this change in airflow have a negitive on the case's temperature? The case itself has two 200mm fans (front and top) and one 120mm (back) which should keep air flowing. Would I be better off ditch the 212 and going with Intel's stock cpu fan?
FYI...according the the MSI mobo user guide I can't move the RAM w/o a drop in proformance so this in not an option.
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  1. Vengeance is problematic.

    Fan should blow air to the rear of the case. You can mount to oull air thru the HS and exhaust to rear.
  2. which of your fans currently are intakes and exhausts?
  3. You can place the fan on the other side and still have the fan blow air to the back of the case, you just won't have any "push" into the cooler, but only "pull". It will work OK, but it's not really recommended due to low amount of air entering the cooler. It's what I'd do though, the Hyper 212+ cools well enough without too much airflow over the fins.
  4. When you move the fan, flip it around so that it pulls air instead of pushes air, thus air will go outside the case. Pulling air into the case, across the heatsink and then out towards your optical drives, ram, hdd's etc will definitely have a negative impact on your temperature.
  5. Shouldn't be a issue if you're only using 2 dimms.
    Mount the fan on the dimm side pushing air out towards the rear case exhaust fan.
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