I'm planning on getting an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 as a replacement for my decades-old AMD mobo. I plan to keep the same Cosmos full-tower case and to get 4 x 8GB memory sticks.
After looking at cooler and memory options on Newegg and reading some horror stories in feedback posts, I've gotten to the point where I can foresee all the many things that can go wrong. I can't tell what CPU cooler and memory combinations will fit.
I'd be grateful if anyone who has an Extreme4 board with 32GB and a good CPU cooler can tell me which products they use. I'm hoping to avoid too many RMA's on this project.
I recommend CORSAIR Vengeance 99% of the time, quality RAM and low profile with XMP profile.
And if u will get an aftermarket CPU cooler, low profile is the worry free remedy with perfect fit with any large cooler. CORSAIR Vengeance LP 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Vengeance Low Profile heat spreaders have a reduced height of 1.03" (26.25mm). They're designed for high-performance systems with extra-large CPU coolers, small form factor system builds, or any other space-constrained application where standard Vengeance memory might not fit.
OK, I took everyone's advice and got a minimal cooler with vengeance memory 4 x 8GB.
Everything fit and the cpu stays nice and cool.
I had a convoluted go-around with Microsoft because my Windows 7 install was an upgrade from Windows XP. So they had to activate the OS by phone. But they were extremely nice and helpful and they activated it for free. They even said to call them again if I had to reinstall.
I did learn one interesting thing from the Microsoft rep. When installing Windows 7, if you don't have a key, you can just hit enter and it will move on to the installation. I'm not sure how far you can get with that, but it was interesting to learn.
The only downside to the system is that it is slower than I expected. I think I have to play around with my drives and the pagefile -- maybe that will speed it up.
In retrospect I could have bought faster (larger) memory, which I could have used by trimming a few of the lower fins on the cooler. I doubt that would have much impact on its performance.
In sum, thanks VERY MUCH for all your help. The advice given on here was 100% correct and accurate. Just try getting that kind of advice from a manufacturer!