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Hey everyone, im buying a CPU cooler so i can finally get down to doing my first real overclock biggrin.gif

The cooler i was thinking about is this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-118-074

I was wondering if i would have any problems fitting it in the case and motherboard im my sig rig. Im afraid it might not fit Vertically, blowing air out the back of the case. But then if i turn it horizontally, im afraid it will block a RAM slot.. can anybody tell me if this will work or suggest something else? Blue LEDs are important, but not essential. Thanks in Advance!
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Originally Posted by lapengu;13326606 
Hey everyone, im buying a CPU cooler so i can finally get down to doing my first real overclock biggrin.gif

The cooler i was thinking about is this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-118-074

I was wondering if i would have any problems fitting it in the case and motherboard im my sig rig. Im afraid it might not fit Vertically, blowing air out the back of the case. But then if i turn it horizontally, im afraid it will block a RAM slot.. can anybody tell me if this will work or suggest something else? Blue LEDs are important, but not essential. Thanks in Advance!

My analysis:-
Your case, NZXT M59, can accommodate a CPU cooler of height 166mm (without the side panel fan) or 141mm (with side panel fan). The 25mm accounts for the thickness of a side panel fan.
Link: http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/classic_series/m59

Now, Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B is 152mm tall. So, if you do not use the fan on the case's side panel, you have enough clearance.

Having said this, unless you really love this Zalman style, I do not recommend this cooler. While its thermal performance is fairly OK, its Archilles' heel is that the fan cannot be upgraded/changed easily. Zalman has used this style for a long time, way before the tower design becomes the dominating force. In addition to superior thermal efficiency, a tower design also has the advantage of easy change of fans.

To this end, I would suggest Cooler Master Hyper 212+. You can easily put one or two good blue LED fans to it. See pic below. And since 212+ is 158.5mm tall, you also cannot use a fan on the case side panel.
Finally, 212+ comes at US$43 (vs Zalman's $65).

212+ link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
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Get it cheaper at Amazon $30 Shipped
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0"]Amazon.com: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1: Electronics[/ame]
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