Originally Posted by Dyaems
yep it is the TC14PE. is it OK to remove the center screw? i can just change the fans though. i might be able to buy a silver one since i am only limited to tigerdirect =\
case is TJ08-e (165mm height clearance) by the way, so i asked about the height when lowering the fans.
My Define R2 CPU clearance spec is 165mm and TC14PE fits in with Crucial Ballistix Sport RAM and lowered 140mm fans. Most pics of my build have TY-140 or TY-143 fans mounted but they are 141x151mm with 141mm used between mobo and side cover.
Removing the screw that holds the crossbar to cooler base is not a problem. I replaced it with a screw I had in my spares, but only because it makes it a little easier to keep crossbar in place while starting the spring loaded mounting screws in ends of crossbar.
When installing the mounting kit on motherboard I advise mounting the crossbar to the mount before fully tightening the mount to motherboard. This makes sure the crossbar screws line up properly when you mount cooler. It's also a good idea to trial / practice mount the cooler before applying TIM and doing the actual install. Doing this makes sure everything fits properly and give you a feel for how the spring mounted screws start threading into base.. so less chance of cooler moving and possibly disturbing TIM while trying to get screws started. Trial mount the fans too.. for same reason.. make it easier to do when everything is in the case.