Originally Posted by MikeV_E36
Hey mates! The parts for the o/c have arrived (TR Ultra 120 extreme, ram sinks and corsair dominator, ultra kaze 120mm for HSF and a Asus 8800GTS 512!!) but I'm on Easter holidays right now, so I'll have to wait till 3rd of May that I return to fit them. I got 2 questions for you
One is addressed to txtmstrjoe specially! Does the Asus A8N32-Sli have a metallic back-plate for the Ultra 120 extreme to fit on? It's been 3 years since I saw the back of the mobo and can't remember! And the 2nd question, I'm in search of a new CPU cause that 4200+'s cache kinda turns me down. So I think an opty would be a great choice but which one? 165 or 170? Keep in mind that I'm willing to o/c the opty! Thanks mates!
Hey MikeV, the A8N32-SLI does have a metal backplate. I used to run an Ultra 120 Extreme on it (last year, in fact).
I have to say, though, that my original A8N32-SLI died, and I believe using a tower-style HSF like the Ultra 120 Extreme did it. After Asus sent me a replacement, I did aero experiments with the Ultra 120 Extreme mounted, and found that there is a huge dead spot around the MOSFET cooling heatsinks beneath the heatsink. I can't help but think that this may have killed my original A8N32-SLI. This is why I now never recommend a tower-style cooler, especially when your system doesn't have adequate airflow to move the air around the CPU socket area.
I'd rather have a heatsink that blows perpendicular to the motherboard plane (as opposed to parallel to it) and lose a few degrees C in CPU cooling, than have great CPU cooling and eventually a broken motherboard.