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RAM Clearance / Cooler Recommendation

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September 19, 2011 10:04:20 AM

Hey guys,

Building my first computer, and I am having trouble picking a CPU cooler for two reasons:

1). Will it be up to the job
2.) Will it clear my RAM


Here is the proposed specs:

Mobo: Asus M4A88TD-M-USB3.0 880G AM3
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE
RAM: 16GB (4x8GB) G.Skills Sniper 1600MHz DDR3


I have been looking at LOTS of coolers and everytime I get set on one, something persuades me not to pick it. I plan on OCing the CPU on occasion but not always.

So far I have considered:

Coolermaster Hyper 212
" " V8
Prelimantech Megahalems
Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B
Noctua NH-D14


I want to spend no more than $100 and the cheapest would be preferable wilst retaining the ability to clear the RAM, cool the CPU and as an added extra (if possible... quiet).

Thanks, Ben.
a b à CPUs
September 19, 2011 10:15:54 AM

I think it would depend on how aggressive you plan on overclocking.

For most purposes, a Coolermaster Hyper 212 is sufficient. Don't underestimate its performance because of its low price, because it's quite capable.

The Noctua NH-D14 should be able to let you run your 1100T at 4.0GHz daily at 65C idle, as stated by a poster at forum. If your OC plans are to go above 4.0GHz, then I'd suggest you spare no dime and get the Noctua.
September 19, 2011 10:18:17 AM

Thanks for the reply,

4GHz was the max I was ever planning on OCing it, the Noctua is my preferred choice out of all of them, and I can get it at a good price, however I need some confermation it isnt going to clash with the RAM, it would be a shame to buy it and have that happen.

Any ideas?
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a b à CPUs
September 19, 2011 10:28:05 AM

Digging around, I found a site that lists RAM compatibility with Noctua NH-D14, and apparently G.Skill Sniper series are indeed compatible.

You can check out the list here.
September 19, 2011 11:10:42 AM

Good find,

Looks like the Noctua is the go, thanks mate.
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September 19, 2011 11:14:09 AM

No problem. Hope your build goes smooth!
September 19, 2011 11:39:36 AM

I have a D14 and I was iffy about spending so much on a cooler but I'm very, very happy with it. 4.8ghz stable 24/7 on my 2500k.
a c 88 à CPUs
September 19, 2011 1:34:39 PM

you could try an h70 or similar closed liquid system... then you will have no clearance issues
September 26, 2011 1:07:35 AM

I dont really want to try liquid cooling for my first build as I am a bit paranoid something will go wrong, build is on hold anyway, car's clutch / pressure plate have failed so I am expecting a bad repair bill :( 
a c 88 à CPUs
September 28, 2011 10:24:57 AM

it isnt as daunting as you may think the all in 1 systems are no harder to fit than a normal hsf. and there are no user serviceable parts. it really is worth a look if your gonna be spending 50-100 on a cooler.

sorry to hear about the car. good luck fixing it.
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September 28, 2011 11:46:41 AM

Buy the Scythe Ninja 3 it's like 90% perf of the Noctua for 50% price.