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How Do I Find A CPU Cooler That Will Fit?

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June 23, 2012 3:28:00 AM

Hi all,

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Intel DZ77GA70K ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair DOMINATOR 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Hard Drive: 2 x Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard
Other: Pioneer Black 12X BD-R Internal BD/DVD/CD Writer BDR-207DBKS

NOTE: I plan to gently OC - as high as I can go with the default voltage.

How can I find an air CPU cooler that will definitely fit my configuration without compromising the quality of the cooler (i.e. using only one fan when two should be used)?

They all seem so big that they bump into the first memory slot and I need all four slots.

Can anyone with the DZ77GA-70K and Corsair Dominator DIMMs tell me what they're using that fits and works well?


- eljay

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June 23, 2012 3:40:31 AM

if you want to use all four slots buy sticks with low profile heatspreaders. they don't do anything anyway they are just for show.

if this is for gaming there is no point to more than 8GB. 16GB is beyond future proof. 32GB is pretty much wasting money, as unless you have a specific application in mind (e.g. running a bunch of VMs) its just not going to be used.
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June 23, 2012 3:58:33 AM

since you're spending that much money go for liquid cooling:
CORSAIR H100 $114.99
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June 23, 2012 4:37:13 AM

Thanx for the suggestions, but I'm looking for an air cooler for the MB and memory on my list. At this point I'm not really planning to change any of the specs. I just need a cooler that I know will fit.


- eljay
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June 23, 2012 4:50:30 AM

if you just going to "gently" overclock then a CM EVO is just dandy . .
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $34.99

sorry if i took your "should have two fans" out of context.

and this memory is enough:
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) $46.99
if it is too much of a drop from 32 gigs than get 2 sets.

put those high profile jobs to got listed . .well water cooling you will go.
June 23, 2012 5:06:17 AM

No sorrys needed. I think it's just great that people take the time to offer their knowledge and experience to new builders like me. I've learned a great many things over the past couple of weeks because of people like you. So really, thank you.

I do have to say though that I've had plenty of discussions about the components I've selected and those discussions have been concluded, so I won't be changing memory. I just need the cooler.

And I've been looking at the EVO almost since the beginning. The problem is that no matter what I read or what videos I see, the thing just looks too big and won't fit in my setup. And I'm not really willing to buy it just in the hopes it will fit and then have to send it back. Shame too because it's often mentioned as a very good cooler.

Any other thoughts?


- eljay
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June 23, 2012 5:38:24 AM

i am sorry i really don't know an air solution that is high enough to go over those ram sticks. someone may come along . .

now those DIMMs do look close but if you turn the heatsink 90 degrees clockwise and have the fan blowing up since you have a top exhaust fan.

that all i got. wish you well.
June 23, 2012 1:26:39 PM

Yeah, this does seem to be a tough one. I appreciate your suggestions.


- eljay