I am going to do a major overhaul on my PC in the new year. The only thing that is going to stay is one of my hard drives and my geforce 460. I have picked out some items and I was wondering if somebody could look at them and let me know if there are some compatibility problems or just some things that I should know before I purchase these. Thanks.
Skip the tall toothy heat sinks
The only cooling effect of these big coolers is that they "look cool". While they served a purpose (when they were effective) w/ DDR2, they are absolutely useless on DDR3.
At more than 2" tall in certain areas the Corsair Vengeance could pose a problem for users like me who use large coolers such as the Scythe Mugen 2. I was able to use the Corsair Vengeance only after I mounted the fan on my cooler on the backside. Size is definitely a concern with heat spreaders of this size and therefore I encourage users to check that they will have enough space under their heatsinks before purchasing the Corsair Vengeance kit.
The problem I have with the Corsair Vengeance is the same I have with many kits of RAM on the market. Companies insist on putting large coolers on their RAM and it limits the choice in CPU heatsinks that can be used within users system. DDR3 does not require these elaborate coolers with its lower voltages which translate to lower temperatures then RAM saw during the DDR, and DDR2 era. Corsair is correcting this with low profile versions of its Vengeance line but ultimately I would like to see the average size of coolers drop instead of having to look for specific low profile versions of a memory line.
Noc was the LGA 775 king of the hill but it gets edged by the top cooler for Sandy Bridge die to different hear signatures. If ya gonna spend $80+, Id get the Thermalright Silver Arrow.....the new 612 PWM comes awful close doe jsut $50