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PSU – Antec Neo Eco 620
Scythe Mugen-2 cooler

The CPU cooler with 120mm fan to push air covers the memory, so no air circulation through memory. I’ve noticed the memory getting hot with my cooler – hotter than with the stock cooler. The processor though is much cooler and quieter with the Scythe Mugen. I don’t play games. I use this build as HTPC (I want it quiet) and for HD video rendering (need for speed). I don’t leave my computer overclocked. I only overclock when rendering video. I can get a stable overclock but I’m concerned about the heat for memory and board. I’m thinking bout using the Mugen 2 cooler in pull mode and putting a memory fan with PWM. That way I can make it quiet when not overclocked. Would this be worth it? Does anyone else have a problem with the placement of ram under the cooler and what have you done?
Edited by ivoteforpedro - 10/12/11 at 5:46am
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Hardware:
Asus M4A89GTD_Pro_USB3
AMD Phenom X6 1075T
Corsair DDR3 8GB XMS3 (2x4GB)
Video card - on-board graphics
PSU – Antec Neo Eco 620
Scythe Mugen-2 cooler

The CPU cooler with 120mm fan to push air covers the memory, so no air circulation through memory. I’ve noticed the memory getting hot with my cooler – hotter than with the stock cooler. The processor though is much cooler and quieter with the Scythe Mugen. I don’t play games. I use this build as HTPC (I want it quiet) and for HD video rendering (need for speed). I don’t leave my computer overclocked. I only overclock when rendering video. I can get a stable overclock but I’m concerned about the heat for memory and board. I’m thinking bout using the Mugen 2 cooler in pull mode and putting a memory fan with PWM. That way I can make it quiet when not overclocked. Would this be worth it? Does anyone else have a problem with the placement of ram under the cooler and what have you done?
Pedro, what's the temps? Also fixed a mistake.
Edited by theamdman - 10/11/11 at 10:27am
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I had a V6 GT for a while that covered up most of my ram. I ran the processor constantly overclocked but left the ram stock. I never looked at my ram temps but a year later and they are still running strong. Overclocked even.
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post #4 of 7
Overclocking ram for most people will never need cooling. Unless your runing LN2 then you might need to consider the need. However most ram can take overclock well without the need to use special fans on heat spreaders.
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post #5 of 7
no you shouldent if your running less than ddr3-2300
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From what I've seen most people do not need to cool their ram even when OC'd. What are the temperatures of your RAM if you know them?
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Sorry, don't know the temps of the RAM - just hotter to the touch. There was a typo, but I do have 4 x 4GB = 16GB RAM. With such a large cooler, the fan is either going to cover the VRM or the RAM. Since no one seems concerned with the RAM being covered, I will just leave as is.
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