Intel Core i5-2500k 3.3 ghz
MSI P67A-GD65 Socket 1155
G.Skill 4gb (2x2gb) DDR3 1600
Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Chassis
Sentey GSP850-SM 850w PSU
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1gb
OCZ Solid 2 Solid State Drive 60gb
1.0T (x2) SATA 3.5" drive
2.0T (x1) SATA 3.5” drive
Asus Wireless nic
The first part in installation of course is to pull off the current heatsink and clean off the residual thermal paste. What you can see in the first image is the RAM I have has a pretty low profile. In this setup it the only practical configuration is over the RAM as pointing the cooler any other direction would run into the GPU.
The hardware was pretty simple to work with, though I did run into some frustrating points. Due to the sheer size of the heatsink, screwing in washers on the front side of the board would be impossible. However, with the overhang, the cooler doesn’t just sit there while you reach behind the board and screw on the retention nuts. Standing the case up, applying thermal paste and holding the cooler in place, with the other hand apply the nuts, is the only practical way to install this. It is a bit of a balancing act, but not impossible.