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March 16, 2012 1:27:22 PM

This is pretty much the last point of contention before I send off my order for parts for my shiny new computer. I'm excited, but also a bit wary.

I'm going with this motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

And this aftermarket heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212

My concern is that I'm gutting some rather high profile RAM from my old machine.

The RAM is 8GB of Corsair Vengeance. Yeah, that stuff with the gigantic heatsinks.

Will these play nice together or will the fan be blocking any of the RAM slots? I'd like to avoid gimping myself by blocking them if at all possible. Greatly appreciate any info.

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March 16, 2012 1:39:13 PM

They may be fine with the Hyper, but the taller heatsyncs can also cause a problem with air flow. I would suggest avoiding them all together unless you have some insance overclocking going on. The Vengeance modules below would be a good substitute.

CPU Cooler - The 212 EVO replaced the 212+ and is said to cool a bit better. Either would be fine... Hyper 212 EVO - $35

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March 16, 2012 1:41:04 PM

I have a similar cooler of another brand and I also had tall heat-sinks on my RAM. It will be in the way if you place a stick in the slot closest to the CPU. However, all I did was adjust the fan to sit up a little higher (not quite 1/4") on the heat-sink. It had zero effect on the cooling ability and worked fine.
March 16, 2012 1:48:30 PM

A quick google showed that the 212 EVO's fan is height adjustable, so I think I'll be safe for the time being.

Another $55 for the lower profile RAM wouldn't break the bank, but 16gb is just overkill. I'll try using what I've got.

March 16, 2012 1:49:32 PM

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