The main concern when choosing the Xigmatek HDT-SD964 cooler for a Socket AM2/AM3 build is that mounting is only possible in a vertical orientation. CPU heat isn’t a problem for us with a 140mm top-mounted exhaust fan, but this drawback would likely disrupt front-to-rear airflow in other enclosures.
While use of many coolers, such as the popular 120mm Xigmatek HDT-S1283, will limit RAM heat-spreader height or even prevent use of the first DIMM slot altogether, our 92mm cooler doesn’t cause any such interference.
This was a simple build that went without a hitch. Of course, we wouldn’t expect to run into many problems putting less than $700 worth of components into a roomy mid-tower case like the Antec Three Hundred Illusion.
Stretching the +12V CPU lead up to the motherboard’s eight-pin connector is a bit unsightly. But thankfully, the lack of a clear acrylic side panel meant we didn’t need to be too picky about the final cable management.