Help to decide cpu air cooler and ram

Hi all and good day,

I need some advice and alternatives here.

I just bought Sabertooth Z77 and i7-3770K and looking for 4x4GB ram and high end air cpu cooler (not interested in water cooling solution).

I'm currently using PC-P80 case.

I'm considering to get the lists below but afraid of compatibility and clearance issue with the board.

1. Mushkin 994056 DDR3 UDIMM (4x4GB) 16GB PC3-12800 1600MHZ 7-7-7-24 Redline FROSTBYTE 1.65V

2. Noctua NH-D14 -

I'm also looking into G.Skills memory with similar or better specification.

Please post your recommendations.


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  1. You need low profile ram and the NH-D14 is a beast of a heat sink i highly recommend it.
  2. According to RAM compatibility list on Noctuas site ( your good to go.
  3. I have the Noctua NH-D14 for the Asus X79 Sabertooth board. Check their website for clearances, as well as the Asus website. One more thing to consider is the chassis. I bought the Corsair Carbide 500R which has plenty of room and cooling options.
    In most cases, even during stress tests with 100% CPU load, the rig is VERY quiet. At normal use I need the fan LEDs in the front to know that the PC is turned on. During 100% stress tests there is a very low humming of the fans, hardly noticeable.

    As to memory, search the Internet for compatibility with your board. I had a hard time with my memory or memory settings (and still have since my PC is in the shop for finding the problem). I bought the G.Skill DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24N quad channel 4GBx8 (=32GB) kit. I left the BIOS settings at default which didn't work well and caused random memory or boot issues. It turns out that it needed some BIOS tweaking, mainly enabling XMP. Download your motherboard manual and search for this setting, and search for recommendations for your specific memory kit. Sometimes voltages need to be adjusted as well.
    One more advise: Before installing your OS, or right after that, run some extensive stress test together with a memory test to make sure your hardware and settings are stable. Else you may find some unpleasant surprises down the road.

    Good luck!
  4. Thank you to bigcyco1, ZigaR and powerhouse32 for the clarifications.
    I bought mushkin 994057 and noctua nh-d14.
  5. U should get different RAM or run it @ 1.5V as the CPU controller doesn't like the 1.65V.
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