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March 21, 2012 12:34:46 AM

Hi all, so I finally decided to build my own system. I've ordered half my parts and the other half will come next week. For the final part of my order the ONLY thing I haven't picked out is an aftermarket CPU cooler.

My question is will the one's I am looking at fit in the case I have chosen. I was originally going to go with a NZXT Phantom FULL TOWER, but with the parts I was putting in it and only one video card I chose the MID TOWER. I was reading reviews on a few of the coolers I wanted on Newegg and people were saying they don't fit in some cases. I want your opinions if you think my mid tower phantom will fit them. I'm hoping somebody here has this case or at least has a general idea if it would fit or not.


Here is my case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Here are the few coolers I am interested in purchasing:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Also I am buying this ram (hopefully it gives an idea of what might be in the way)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Any tips is greatly appreciated. I'm also all ears on any advice on the coolers and brands. Thanks!


March 21, 2012 12:45:50 AM

Hyper 212. Best one and it's $20 with a rebate.
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March 21, 2012 12:55:09 AM

Any of those coolers are quite good but that RAM will not fit with any of them. You need the low profile version of Corsair Vengance or any GSkill Ripjaws to fit under the big air coolers.

I believe that any of those coolers will fit in that case. The DH14 is the best one.

If you are building a Sandy Bridge system go with 1.5v DDR3 1600 cas 9 as the memory controller is on the CPU and going over that offers very little improvment. Also if building using Sandy Bridge none of those coolers is really necessary as the cheaper, smaller Hyper 212 + or Hyper 212 Evo will get you to 4.5Ghz easily.
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March 21, 2012 1:00:05 AM

Thanks for the info anort, very helpful. Can you possibly recommend a good smaller cooler that would fit with that RAM? Reason being is I already put in an order for that RAM so... unless I return it I have to go with it. I'd rather not go through the hassle of returning it, but if you think it's a much better option to get the big cooler then I will consider it.

Btw, I am going AMD. It is already purchased as well. here is what I bought...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


with that RAM I linked.



I want to overclock the processor so I really wanted an aftermarket cooler. Now, do you think there is a smaller cooler that would fit with that RAM that would still allow me to overclock a bit? or would I be better off returning the ram and getting something low profile.

EDIT: I'm not looking to overclock anything insane. So if i'm able to get away with a smaller cooler for a little OC boost, then I will opt for that.


Thanks again!
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March 21, 2012 1:15:40 AM

I have the feeling you are going to have problems with that RAM and just about any aftermarket cooler.

You might get away with a Hyper 212 + but it depends on the motherboard. The heatspreaders are removable though if you have to.

You might look at the closed loop coolers from Corsair, the H100, H80 and H60. The bad news with those is they are expensive and you need the H100 to equal or slightly beat a good air cooler.

The FX chips are very power hungry when overclocked and as such get hotter than Intel chips. I would get the best cooler you can afford.

So the H100 would equal or slightly beat the DH14. The Frio and Zalman are also very good but maybe a few degrees short of the DH14. The H80 is also a good cooler but expensive.
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March 21, 2012 1:26:32 AM

I have G.Skill Ripjaws w/ the tall heat sinks using a CM Hyper 212+ and they will fit under the heatsink. Actually, only 1 stick is partially covered by the heatsink and you can still slide it under and snap it in. Don't know about those Corsair fins, though. They look like something off a '59 Chrysler.
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March 21, 2012 1:33:14 AM

Ripjaws heatsinks are not really tall they just look like it. Mine fits under my huge Scythe Mugen 2. You are right about the Vengance though, it's huge.
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March 21, 2012 1:35:39 AM

I guess I will try the Hyper 212+... it sound like it should fit and it's cheap. I read a lot of NewEgg reviews and some people said they can OC quite a bit with the 212... i'm sure it all depends but I'll test it out and see what I can do. I'm honestly not looking to do anything drastic so Ill just take it slow and see what I can get out of it. it should def. be better than the stock cooler right

Thanks a lot for the info!
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March 21, 2012 1:49:00 AM

It should do well. It's the best of the budget coolers for sure. If you had a Sandy Bridge system I would say 4.5Ghz would be easy with it. I'm not sure with an FX though.

The heatspreaders are not really necessary on that RAM so just remove them if you have too. It will not look as good but it will not hurt anything.

Good Luck! Glad to help.
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