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Best (quiet) cooler for Phenom II 1090T and tall memory

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I recently put together my first AMD-based system due in part to past experiences with inexpensive builds for friends and family. I'm impressed! However, I'm not so impressed with the obnoxious and very loud stock cooler that ships with the Phenom IIs. I would very much like to replace it with something quieter, and have spent the last 2-3 weeks reading reviews here and elsewhere. Unfortunately, I still haven't settled on an appropriate match that would be compatible with the memory I selected (see below).

TL;DR: What's the best CPU cooler to match with tall memory like Corsair Vengeance (>50-55mm in height)?

Long version:

So far, I've been considering the Cooler Master Hyper 212+, the Noctua NH-U9B, or possibly one of Xigmatek's. After some research, I'm almost convinced that the 212+ won't fit with the Corsair Vengeance in DIMM slots 1 and 2 which doesn't bode well for comparable coolers (and I'm not as impressed with the Noctua's performance compared to the 212+ or even Xigmatek's cheaper coolers). Although judging by this post by xd_1771, I'm questioning whether the 212+ would be worthwhile.

Thus, I am appealing to you, Overclock.net for assistance, because I know that overclockers have extensive experience with coolers. The relevant system specs are:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3
Memory: 8GiB (4GiBx2) Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 (yes, with the obnoxiously large heat spreaders)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 (pretty big--so space is most certainly not at a premium and it has good airflow)

Here are my requirements:

1) The cooler must be reasonably priced. I'm unwilling to spend more than $60-80 USD.
2) Ideally, it should fit with the Vengeance, but if I have to move the modules over 2 slots, that's OK but I'd like something that works with them in slots 1 & 2.
3) I plan on possibly adding another 8GiB RAM.
4) I do not currently plan on overclocking. Again, I'm here because of the collective experience with CPU coolers.
5) It should be quieter than the stock Phenom cooler. This isn't much of a stretch since the cooler seems loud.
6) I have no intentions of removing the Corsairs' heat spreaders.
7) Corsair's sealed water coolers seem OK but expensive. I'm not sure I want to go that route.

Obviously, I have some other options. I could stick with the stock cooler, but since it's already pushing close to 50C with relatively low night time ambient temperatures of ~72-76F (26-28C), I'm somewhat worried since I do live in the southwest US where it does get hot (and I'm cheap about leaving AC on!). I can move the memory over two slots and purchase hopefully compatible memory with shorter heat spreaders, but this isn't ideal since I'm probably one of the few people who actually doesn't mind the look of the heat spreaders that shipped with this memory.

Again, I was leaning toward the CM 212+ until I found some pictures of Intel-based builds with that cooler and the Vengeance installed in slots 2 & 3 due to space consumption. Further, it seems they replaced the wire fan attachments with plastic snaps that increase the 212's width by an extra 1mm+, so chances are it won't fit.
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Seagate Barracuda 1TiBx2 Windows 7 x64 Pro, Ubuntu 11.04, FreeBSD 8.2 ViewSonic VX2250 (x2) Cooler Master Silent ProM 600W 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Seagate Barracuda 1TiBx2 Windows 7 x64 Pro, Ubuntu 11.04, FreeBSD 8.2 ViewSonic VX2250 (x2) Cooler Master Silent ProM 600W 
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post #2 of 7
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-VENOMB&title=Thermalright-Venomous-X-Black-CPU-Cooler-for-LGA-1366-1156-1155-775-Socket-AM3-AM2#

If you don't plan on overclocking, what's the point? The stock AMD heatsink with the copper heatpipes is plenty...

edit: don't forget to use the promo codes:

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Edited by Dopamin3 - 5/22/11 at 1:49pm
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post #3 of 7
why vengeance? there are ton of good RAMs with small heatsink.

I would rather go with small heatsink on RAM and cooler like D14 or silver arrow and push 1090 to 3800-4000Mhz
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post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dopamin3 
If you don't plan on overclocking, what's the point? The stock AMD heatsink with the copper heatpipes is plenty...

The stock heatsink is obnoxiously loud. I was hoping for something quieter. Apologies for not making that especially clear.
Quote:
Originally Posted by hawkeeyee 
why vengeance? there are ton of good RAMs with small heatsink.

I'm somewhat regretting the decision. I purchased the vengeance for no specific reason other than I got it on sale for ~$25 less than the next cheapest. $70 for 8GiB seemed pretty decent, and I've always had good luck with Corsair.

I suppose I'll stick with the stock cooler for now and deal with the noise levels. Thanks for the replies!
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Seagate Barracuda 1TiBx2 Windows 7 x64 Pro, Ubuntu 11.04, FreeBSD 8.2 ViewSonic VX2250 (x2) Cooler Master Silent ProM 600W 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Seagate Barracuda 1TiBx2 Windows 7 x64 Pro, Ubuntu 11.04, FreeBSD 8.2 ViewSonic VX2250 (x2) Cooler Master Silent ProM 600W 
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Cooler Master HAF 932 
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post #5 of 7
sell those vengeance and buy another with small heatsink

measure height of vengeance...maybe you can fit them under D14 p12 fan->
http://www.noctua.at/images/faqs/nh_d14_measurements_1.jpg

http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=faqs&step=2&products_id=34&lng=en#13
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post #6 of 7
imo wait for corsair h100 to be released..
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post #7 of 7
I've run several different brands and types of coolers on AMD and the best i have used so far ( and fairly cheap ) is the Corsair H50. I set mine up in a push pull configuration (two 120mm fans) and this thing is so quiet if i wasn't typing on it i wouldn't know it was on. I have the stock Corsair fan plugged into the cpu power port and the extra fan plugged into a fan controller i use, so i can vary the speed depending on the job and need for a cooler cpu. By the way i am running an AMD Phenom II 965 OC'd to 4.0Ghz and the H50 keeps it around 37C idle and between 49 and 51C under load.
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