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After Market Cooler on Saphire Non-Reference 4850

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Hey, I've been wanting to get an HD 4850 for a while and have been watching the prices. Right now at Newegg, one can buy a Sapphire Non-reference for $150 + a $20 MIR. That is pretty hot. However, I don't care for that stock cooler and I have and want to use the Akasa Vortex Neo cooler.

The problem I see is that the Sapphire card has its VRM area moved up near the PCI bracket and I don't know if that will interfere with the cooler. Do any of you all have any experience with the combo? Or has anyone who has this card try using it without the VRM heatsink (in case I am unable to mount the Akasa with it on?

I suppose I could possibly dremel the cooler if I have trouble, but does anyone have any experience with this combo? The alternative is this awesome 4830 with 4+1 phase power for $15 cheaper, plus a copy of Rainbow Six Vegas 2. Which do you all think is better? I've read that this MSI 4830 can really overclock due to its high end power design (and definitely achieve performance of 4850 at stock), but this Sapphire 4850 looks kinda cheap and probably won't overclock much.

Edit: Mega eww, the rebate on the 4850 is through MyRebates411, whereas the MSI rebate is through MSI... Something else to consider if I want that $20 back.
 
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Joined
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Messages
1,238 (0.31/day)
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Location
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Processor AMD Phenom II 1055T @ 3.6ghz 1.3V
Motherboard Asus M5A97 EVO
Cooling Xigmatek SD1284
Memory 2x4GB Patriot Sector 5 PC3-12800 @ 7-8-7-24-1T 1.7V
Video Card(s) XFX Radeon HD 7950 DD @ 1100/1350 1.185V
Storage OCZ Agility 3 120GB + 2x7200.12 500GB Raid1
Display(s) QNIX QX2710 27" LCD 1440p @ 120hz
Case Cooler Master 690M
Audio Device(s) Realtek ALC892
Power Supply Enermax Liberty 620W Eco Edition
Software Windows 7 Professional x64 / Ubuntu 12.04 x64
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