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decwest
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Posted:12/28/2010 1:25:00 AM # 1
Hi,

Can someone recommend a cpu cooler?   My choice so far is A-70.


I was planning to use a Corsair A-70 (A70) air cooler, anyone having issues of it blocking RAM slots?  (It seems big coolers - this one
has fans on the front and back - can sometimes block DIMM slots
and it is a problem for some motherboards).


I plan to run all 6 DIMM slots for 24Gig - note that I am using slower running non-hi-performance ram for stability, so they dont have the big ram cooling fins.


Still before assembling the system, I'd like to get a good cooler
that fits well and not have problems and have to change coolers.

For a case:
I will be using an Antec DF-85 tower case.
Again I plan to install ram in all 6 DIMM slots,
I have a i7 extreme cpu but will use an after market CPU cooler,
... trouble is which one?  I'd like one that:
  1.   fits the ram clearance,
  2.   does not sound too noisy, and
  3.   does a decent job of cooling?

For thermal paste:
I plan to use Tuniq MX-2 (since it gives decent performance
and is easy to spread).

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Biff
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Posted:12/28/2010 8:41:00 AM # 2
Hi,

I have tall memory but it still fits with a Thermalright Ultra. The Ultra or venemous or the prolimatech Megahalem or Armageddon should all fit.

 With normal height memory pretty much any cooler will work.

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decwest
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Posted:12/29/2010 4:52:00 AM # 3
Thanks,

I will look at the Thermalright Ultra or Venemous - I have the i7 980 chip 1366.  But, at first ,was looking at the Corsair A-70 which is a good performer  and supposedly not that noisy cooler.

How is your Ultra noise wise?   It is also a more capable cooler, right?


On a related topic:

Hey also what thermal paste do you use?  I used Ceramique in the past since that was still 'removal-able' and easy to work with; I see good things on the net about ease of application (at least the first time) w/ Tuniq TX-2 so that is what I bought (over the TX-3 and TX-4 which although better are supposedly a lot Lot harder to apply).  I would really like to put it on correct the first time.  Also your cooler I think is easier to install (again on the first shot).

I would not like to have to "remove / clean / and reapply " the thermal paste on a brand new processor
just because I applied too much or not enough etc... just to get another degree or two better performance
on a less easy install of the Fan and Thermal Paste.


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Posted:12/30/2010 10:33:00 AM # 4
Hi,

My computer is virtually silent, all you need is 1x1200rpm fan like the scythe Sflex and cooling performance is excellent. I dont need to install any fan controllers or adjust fan speeds, once you fit it you're done. I can overclock above 4Ghz and max load temps is low 60's so its a hassle free setup.

The venomous is the new version of the ultra 120, it has a better mounting system so the venomous is a better option.

I used arctic silver 5, just a small line about 10mm long and let the cooler spread it out. Its easy to remove down the track but Its good to have a small bottle of pure alcohol to clean it off when you need to.

Overall, once its set up its virtually silent and you never have to adjust anything.

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Posted:12/30/2010 11:29:00 AM # 5
The A70 looks to be a good cooling solution for the price...right now you can get it for $34 with rebate!!

Corsair A70

Reading some reviews though I see that some folks are having issues with the closer ram slots....the thing to do is to research the height dimensions of your ram to ensure the aftermarket cooler will fit...Especially the slots closest to the cooler....

I'm using GSKILL Ripjaws and the Noctua NH-D14

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018&Tpk=Noctua%20NH-D14

which has a similar design (heatpipes attached to CPU with raised radiator fins/fans).  There is plenty of room for the RAM in my setup, but I researched first before dropping $90 bucks for the Noctua!!!!

Compared to the A70, the Noctua has two additional heatpipes plus an additional radiator....the Noctua is next to silent even though it's a behemoth....If you plan to OC then the Noctua would probably be a better choice...

Noctua cooling on my i7 950 is (stock)  26C idle/  55C full load with Prime 95....

Or check this one out...gets good reviews and you can mount so that it doesn't block ram at all if your case allows...
http://www.amazon.com/THERMALRIGHT-SILVER-ARROW-DUAL14CM-HEATSINK/dp/B003XRAKLQ

hope this helps!!!!!!

FYI...You can see the size of the Noctua in my sig pic.....

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Posted:12/30/2010 9:57:00 PM # 6
I seriously wouldnt recommend the A70, the fans run at 1600-2000 rpm and thats loud.

A good heatsink will last a few system upgrades, spend a little more for a good one.

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