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Is it ok? Remove ram heatsinks to use NH-D14

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So I recently upgraded my intel core i5-2500k to an intel core i7-2600k. I currently have a Corsair Hydro H60 cooler that has worked great with my 2500k even at 4.8 ghz, keeping full load temperatures at a mere 68C. However, I've been looking around on OCN and it sounds like the i7 2600k when overclocked can produce quite a bit of heat, much more than than the i5 2500k making the H60 a bad option for cooling. I've looked at the Corsair Hydro H80 but my H60 makes a fair amount of pump noise and I really don't want to mod the H80 with a diode to prevent noise when there's a bit of overvolting from the mobo. So I've come to the idea that I'll purchase the NH-D14 Air cooler from Noctua, since it's less expensive and much quiter. But here's the real issue, I have 3 sticks of 4gb Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz ram and the heat spreaders on this ram are way too tall for the NH-D14 to clear. I have thought about removing the stock ram heatsinks but don't know if it would be ok to OC the cpu and have ram with no heatsinks (accounting for residual airflow over and around the ram from the fans on the NH-D14. I have also considered using vga low profile ram heatsinks like THIS from newegg.

So what do you guys think?

- case HAF 922
- 1x 200mm intake
-1x 200mm top exhaust
- (will purchase noctua NP12 fan for exhaust once H60 is replaced)

Thanks,
- chmodlabs biggrin.gif
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You should be fine. RAM doesn't give off much heat. If you really want, those RAM heatsinks will work and should dissipate some heat.
    
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It shouldnt be a problem. If you have adequate case ventillation, your ram sticks should get enough breeze to cool.

Its not like you pumping mega volts through the ram... are you? tongue.gif
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It shouldnt be a problem. If you have adequate case ventillation, your ram sticks should get enough breeze to cool.
Its not like you pumping mega volts through the ram... are you? tongue.gif

Nope, just running at 1.5v at 1600mhz
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Nope, just running at 1.5v at 1600mhz
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Its all good then thumb.gif

As you are already aware, just exercise caution when attempting to remove the ram HS.

Thats the problem with some air coolers, they just dont play well with tall ram HS. Had the same issue with my patriots and the Xiggy Thor heat sink frown.gif
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that could go foul if you rip a chip off..can't you just grind down the fins on one or two?
If you're not on x58 ....12 mb of RAM is gimping your system to single channel.
Why not just leave one stick out? biggrin.gif Sell it or something wink.gif
 
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that could go foul if you rip a chip off..can't you just grind down the fins on one or two?
If you're not on x58 ....12 mb of RAM is gimping your system to single channel.
Why not just leave one stick out? biggrin.gif Sell it or something wink.gif

I had one stick die on me, so I just need to pick up another from newegg.
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DDR3 ram only uses a few watts total for multiple sticks, as long as you have reasonable air flow in your case, and you aren't overclocking them a ton, you should be completely fine.
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that could go foul if you rip a chip off..can't you just grind down the fins on one or two?
If you're not on x58 ....12 mb of RAM is gimping your system to single channel.
Why not just leave one stick out? biggrin.gif Sell it or something wink.gif

I plan to use a hair dryer or heat gun to loosen the adhesive on the ram sinks and then carefully peel each off. Ironically enough the ram sinks aren't even touching most of the modules to begin with. And with corsair vengeance ram you can't really just clip a few pins off, but I actually might look into that with some big clippers.
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You could get these http://www.overclock.net/t/1210482/amazon-samsung-2x4gb-low-voltage-ddr3-1600-kit-for-47-ocing-to-2400/0_100
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