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Cooling an i7-3770k with little room

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I am more than sure this has been asked before, however I like to have most current of opinions so I'll ask as well. I would like to cool an i7-3770k as much as possible with the space constraint imposed by an ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe and a Bitfenix Prodigy. I am well aware that some coolers come with sub-par fans but otherwise have great cooling, so to keep this just to the coolers themselves and not the fans, I will be using a pair of Noctua NF-F12 fans (already own em'). With the P8Z77-I Deluxe comes another issue, backplate real estate, the backplate has to make minimal contact with the motherboard (see pic), otherwise it will make contact with some small components and likely crush them (meaning that coolers with backplates that make contact with the socket backplate are preferred). I plan on overclocking to about 4.5 Ghz (not that extreme), so most coolers will do alright but I like silence (hence the NF-F12s) and I need it to not ruin my board. Also it needs to clear my Corsair Vengeance ram as well. That is a lot to ask, let the cooler battle begin! Thanks everyone! biggrin.gif
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I'm pretty sure any cooler will fit on that. I'm not really seeing any issues here.
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Well, there are lots of tiny resistors on the underside of the board that can be crushed by one of these brackets, plus many of the coolers interfere with the VRM setup on the topside of the board.
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Originally Posted by speedytech7 View Post

Well, there are lots of tiny resistors on the underside of the board that can be crushed by one of these brackets, plus many of the coolers interfere with the VRM setup on the topside of the board.

All the modern coolers I've seen have had a bracket like in the second picture, include the H100, H60, etc. Which would be a great choice.
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