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Upgrading case and CPU cooler for overclocking?

Hi all,

Looking to upgrade my current build so I can overclock for non-gaming work specifically (compiling C++ code), which is 100% CPU bound at the moment. I have all RAM slots full, and this stupidly-tall Corsair Vengeance RAM, so my CPU cooler options are limited.

Currently looking at the Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power, which appears to compete with the high-level Noctura coolers whilst staying slim enough to support all RAM sizes, and is damn quiet. Thoughts? Isn't too far behind the top water coolers, either: http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/7160/thermalright-true-spirit-140-bw-rev-cpu-cooler-review/index6.html The other option is the Cryorig R1 Universal, but this review shows that the heatsink itself is crap; only the fans make the difference. Kinda turned me off it a bit. The Thermalright is from a few years ago and has pretty crap mounting, as well as being really tall and heavy? Hmm.

If anyone can tell me the height of these RAM sticks (the dimensions in the link are definitely not for the sticks themselves), that'd at least tell me if I could fit some of the more recommended Noctura coolers.

Also, my ancient Antec case is crap and I want to replace it, with a focus on airflow/cooling, and a little on noise dampening (I often leave it working on things overnight in the same room as my bed). Can anyone suggest some ATX cases that don't have flashy gamer crap? No lights, plastic bits, preferably no windows... just a nice, professional-looking black case.

Thanks for any help!

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  1. I am using a Noctua nh-u12s and it does not hang over any ram slots. I can't guarantee it won't block a slot on just any motherboard, but there's lots of room between it and the closest ram slot on mine and Noctua says they designed to not block ram slots. Lots of great cases out there, I happen to be using a Lian Li PC-7h which fits the "no flashy stuff" description, and is quiet enough for me, but noise abatement is not a feature of the case.
  2. dbratton54 said:
    I am using a Noctua nh-u12s and it does not hang over any ram slots. I can't guarantee it won't block a slot on just any motherboard, but there's lots of room between it and the closest ram slot on mine and Noctua says they designed to not block ram slots. Lots of great cases out there, I happen to be using a Lian Li PC-7h which fits the "no flashy stuff" description, and is quiet enough for me, but noise abatement is not a feature of the case.


    Thanks for the reply. What motherboard and socket are you working with? I guess different sockets and mobos will have different risks of RAM slot overhang.
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    I'm using an i5 6600k on a Gigabyte z170x gaming 5 so the socket is LGA1151. And yes, different motherboards will have varying amounts or room between the cpu socket and the RAM slots. If you are using an ATX board, you're probably safe.
  4. Cryorig H7 and a NZXT H440 or Phanteks P400 or P400S
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