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Bought a Noctua NH D14 Cpu cooler in preparation for my new Sandy Bridge build after recommendations from a lot of people here and put it in my current rig last night. I have seen a lot of interest in CPU coolers with a lot of people upgrading to Sandy Bridge so I figured I would share my installation experience.

I am not ordering my Sandy Bridge parts until this weekend so I put it in my AM2+ rig to try it out and make sure it would fit in my case. It did but I had to take the side panel fan and fan mount off.

Installation was VERY easy because with AM2+ the backplate is already installed so I did not even have to take my mobo out. Honestly took all of 15 mins. The instructions are very clear and include all parts and tools you need. Only pointer I would say is make sure you plug in the fan power header to your mobo BEFORE installing the cooler cause it was hard for me to plug in after.

Dropped my temps way down from my Arctic Cooler Freezer 64 Pro (CPU 60 C at 3.6ghz 1.45v with Antec 900 case fans on medium) to with the Noctua I am almost 12 hours into Prime at 3.7ghz 1.47v max temp at 58 C with Antec 900 case fans all on LOW.

Now the loudest thing in my case is my Western Digital Black hard drive when I am not gaming lol.

I took a pic of how I applied thermal paste and wondered if that is right? I did a rice pellet size and it seems to be working. This comp was my first build 3 years ago and Sandy Bridge next week will be my second so I just want to make sure I am doing it right.

Thanks.





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More pics. I had my RAM in slots 3 and 4 because my old cooler blocked the first 2 slots. The Noctua easily cleared over all 4 ram slots and my memory modules so I could have put them in the first 2 slots but I did not notice until I had it mounted and did not want to take it off and reapply thermal paste. I just wanted to show that it should easily clear most RAM.




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Sweet!

I have a NH-D14 and a SB platform build headin' my way. This gives me an idea of what to expect as I have not had air-cooling for several years now.

Also... perhaps the color-coding of the RAM slots has changed, but it looks like you have yours set up in single channel?
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Sweet!

I have a NH-D14 and a SB platform build headin' my way. This gives me an idea of what to expect as I have not had air-cooling for several years now.

Also... perhaps the color-coding of the RAM slots has changed, but it looks like you have yours set up in single channel?
Nah it is just a old board. Gigabyte 780G. 1 and 2 or 3 and 4 for dual channel. If you look at my last pic in my CPUZ screenshot with my memory tab open it says it is running in dual channel.

You will like the Noctua. I was so close to going with a H50 or H70 but I wanted my system to be quiet which is why I went with the NH D14 because it costs less than a H50/H70 plus buying 2 new fans to replace the stock ones.

I will see how the H60 fairs in April and maybe replace my Noctua with that and keep the Noctua on this AMD rig because it will get a lot hotter than a Sandy Bridge rig.
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Thanks for the clarification... wasn't tryin' to be an ass...



So, how much space (in inches or mm) is there between the bottom edge of the cooler/fans and the top of the RAM DIMMs?
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Thanks for the clarification... wasn't tryin' to be an ass...



So, how much space (in inches or mm) is there between the bottom edge of the cooler/fans and the top of the RAM DIMMs?
No problem. Threw me when I was building it too. Some friends were watching me put the Noctua in last night and asked about that too so I double checked the manual and website and it said match the colors.

I would say maybe .5 inch of clearance on the ram, maybe more? The fans are easy to move up and down though so you could always move the front fan up a little bit if you need more clearance.
    
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Thanks for providing some insight on clearance of populated Memory Slots as it was a concern when I was shopping for RAM.

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Choc - When you get your 2600K, clean your case. Check out item 7 in my sig.
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That cooler isn't big at all.... It's HUGE!!! I love the way it looks tho Nice setup BTW
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Choc - When you get your 2600K, clean your case. Check out item 7 in my sig.
Thanks for the cleaning tip. I use compressed air on it every month or so. Not too bad for being a 4 year old case . I am probably going to be getting a new Corsair 600T case along with my i5 2500k/Asus P67 Pro/4GB DDR3 ram for about $700 total.

I was so so very close to building a i7/x58 rig this past summer/fall with a budget of $1500 but I heard about all the rumors about Sandy Bridge coming so I waited which paid off big time.

Now I can use the extra money to get a new GPU &power supply once more games come out that need it.
    
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