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    Hi all. New here and did some searching before for recomendations for a new non stock CPU cooler for a Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 motherboard. Prefer to find one that isn't like the stock Intell CPU coolers where you have to push down and turn the holder thingies in place. Don't need a water cooled set up. Any reccomendations would be appreciated. If it helps the case I got is a Raidmax Super Atlas with a side window 120mm fan so it cant be to tall plus theres a heatsink or whatever its called right near the CPU spot.

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    It would be helpful to know what CPU you are using, the model number, as well as model number of your memory. Memory with tall heat sinks can cause clearance issues with some CPU coolers.

    Are you prepared to possibly remove the mother board to install the new CPU cooler? The cut out on the mother board tray of the case may not allow access to the screws and mounting back plate of a new cooler. You can check that easily by removing one side panel of the case.

    Did you build the PC yourself? Have you ever mounted a cooler before? Your budget for this cooler?

    A popular and above average CPU cooler that is not expensive is the Cooler Master Hyper 212: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+ - Newegg.com

    That cooler is just one example, there are others that would be work well and fit on your board an in your PC. The 212 will fit since it can be positioned with its long dimension either vertically or horizontally.

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    Its a new build that's not done yet, actualy not even put together yet. Got all the stuff today except for the new psu and had to contact Raidmax to get some screws with rubber thingys so I can mount some extra cooling fans and decided to go with a better cpu cooler then the stock cooler that came with the Intel processor. I measured how many inches I got to work with and after a few hours of looking some up that will fit in the new case I got I have a max of 6 inches of cpu cooler height to work with. From the top of the cpu to the side panel is not quite 6 1/4 inches. But the side panel also has a plastic window that sits inward a little bit so I`m guessing a little less then 6 1/4 inches to work with. Most of the cpu coolers I have looked up the specs on sit right around 6 1/4 inches tall or a little higher. Found a Coolermaster Hyper N520 at Frys Electronics for $34.00 that is a little over 5 inches tall going to go look at it tomorrow to make sure I have the clearance for my ram and a few other things on the mobo. Below is a few pics of what I`m working with on the mobo. Havent built a new computer in about 6 years so a little rusty on some things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parsec View Post
    It would be helpful to know what CPU you are using, the model number, as well as model number of your memory. Memory with tall heat sinks can cause clearance issues with some CPU coolers.

    Are you prepared to possibly remove the mother board to install the new CPU cooler? The cut out on the mother board tray of the case may not allow access to the screws and mounting back plate of a new cooler. You can check that easily by removing one side panel of the case.

    Did you build the PC yourself? Have you ever mounted a cooler before? Your budget for this cooler?

    A popular and above average CPU cooler that is not expensive is the Cooler Master Hyper 212: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+ - Newegg.com

    That cooler is just one example, there are others that would be work well and fit on your board an in your PC. The 212 will fit since it can be positioned with its long dimension either vertically or horizontally.
    Thanks for the reply. Yes I built the PC myself and found a CPU cooler that fits nicely and doesn`t hit the side panel. I had that problem with my last build and had to break out the Dremmel and do a little bit of grinding some plastic off of the side panel fan. This new build and had to take the Dremmel and do the same to a top mount exhaust fan so one of the power plug ins right next to the edge of the motherboard wouldn't be hitting the top fan. Below is a list of the components. Got everything up and running nicely now with all my programs installed. Got lucky that a friend of my brothers refurbishes PC as a side job and has an installers license for Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and got that installed for $80.00. The only thing I`m having trouble with is figuring out how to restore al my Ipod songs in ITunes using my Ipod. Got a back up hard drive done last night by using Acronis True Image. One more questionI have is what is a good recommended temperature monitoring program? Will post a pic of the build in a little bit here waiting for a Blu Ray movie to finish burning.

    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel
    Video Card: MSI N650TI-1GD5/V1 GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
    Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper N520
    Audio Card: ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
    Case: RAIDMAX Altas ATX-295WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX650G 80PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V/EPS12V 650W Power Supply 120-PG-0650-GR
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    Welcome to the forum.

    I highly recommend HWiNFO, HWiNFO32 & HWiNFO64 - Hardware Information and Analysis Tools freeware for monitoring and optional logging.
    You should download the 64-bit version.
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    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
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    Ok, thanks for the links.


    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    I highly recommend HWiNFO, HWiNFO32 & HWiNFO64 - Hardware Information and Analysis Tools freeware for monitoring and optional logging.
    You should download the 64-bit version.

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    Was checking stuff in Device Manager late last night and saw that it says one of the USB Root Hub devices is not working properly and so far have not been able o figure it out. The only USB devices I have plugged in are a Logitech G19 keyboard which I installed the latest drivers from their website, a HP Officejet J4550 All In One printer installed just the basic driver from HP`s website and the little USB reciever for my Logitech MS510 mouse. All seem to be working fine but while typing things out I noticed typing inconsistantcys that I don't normally make like having to double it a key for the letter to show up.

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    Got the USB driver thingy figured out. For some reason though my keyboard is still missing certain letters and space bar when I type. It looks likes its buffering.

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    How practical is it to back up ones hard drive to a USB flash drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tplat View Post
    How practical is it to back up ones hard drive to a USB flash drive?
    Hi tplat, I would say very practical, I have an Icy box with a western digtal black 1TB hard disk what I use to take back up images of our Laptops, I do mine through Esata and my wifes I do through usb, my Gaming rig I back up to internal sata 6 western digital black 500GB drive, I also have a Micro server running windows server 2011 which backs up all my Laptops, if you value your data then it's a must. My backup program I use is Acronis backup & recovery 10 advanced workstation, the server uses built in Windows Backup, if you go down the route of backing up to external usb try to get usb 3 interface for speed. You can get free backup programs aswell, such as Macrium reflect, clone zilla
    Good luck with your new build
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