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Woah Mama!

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So I'm getting some bits together finally for my Lanparty. Right now I've got a hard drive and a burner on the way, which leaves me with getting a cpu cooler and a video card and then I'm set. So, any of these coolers will be going onto an DFI Lanparty Ultra-D NF4. I won't have a problem with the Blue Orb II blocking my 4th ram slot, I have a low profile stick of Kingston tiny BGA that will go there. I'd prefer a fan speed controller, as the Zalmans have. But if the Thermaltake Orbs are best for keeping a highly overclocked rig at decent temperature then I'd get one of those.
In my price range right now is either a Thermaltake Golden Orb II, Thermaltake Blue Orb II, Zalman CNPS7000B-Cu or finally a Zalman CNPS7500-Cu (my preference right now). Of course, these are all mid-range coolers really, which is fine for the time being. I do have a big preference for a completely copper cooler though, which is why I like the CNPS7500 out of those listed.

I've got to order one tomorrow as I really would like to get this rig set up and playable sometime next week. So, any suggestions on the above coolers? Anyone have one and can comment on it compared to the others?

Would all be greatly appreciated :) . Of course, I could just buy a crappy alloy generic cooler for now and then get a nice cooler in a few weeks, but I think thats just double spending.
 
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I got myself a Thermaltake V1 and works perfectly and keeps my temps round 30-37C. but if i had to pick one myself, i'd get the zalman cnps7000.
 

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That Zalman you mentioned is of very high quality. I have the 9500 AM2 version and it works very well.
 

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I've now basically decided on one of these suckers. Hopefully it'll fit in my case and yeah the price is way too high but if i bought a cooler from a different store then when the postage adds up the prices would be similar I think. Also, making a single payment for a single delivery from IT Estate is the easiest way to do it. So, as long as when I call Mr.Bruce (the guy who is handling my order) in a few hours and he will not charge additional postage for this bulk of stuff it's a decision made. Hopefully with a credit card order it'll be here on Monday or Tuesday with the new hard drive and burner.

Hopefully that isn't so late that I lose my mind. On a side note, I'm trying to sell some lowrider bike parts to fund my next purchase, a mid-range video card and some goodies for my case.
 

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just FYI I personally had the 9500 version of the cooler you are lookin at on my DFI NF4 SLI-DR and the main request was to make it possible to use your orange slots. My 9500 barely left room to get the bottom orange slot RAM stick in, and your choice of the 9700 being bigger may inhibbit the ability to use that slot.

Just my 2 pennies!
 

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Be careful with that cooler, I have messed with it and I own the Thermaltake V1 myself. I've plenty of cuts on my hands from that thing, and the Zalman is no different.
 
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Just a quick follow-up update of this if anyone is about to post the same question. This 9700 NT is an insane cooler. The quality of the whole kit is great, it comes with brackets and clips for anything from Intel 775 to AMD AM2, 754, 939 and 940. It is nickel plated so there is no worry of being cut by the copper fins. Zalman provide a decent sized bottle of thermal paste which is good for 10 separate applications and has a brush in the lid of the bottle for easy application. I have actually not experienced a problem with fitting ram into slot 4, which is the closest to the CPU. I have encountered the problem of not being able to connect the cooler directly to the CPU fan connection on my board though as the extra pin can't fit as there is a capacitor in the way. Apart from that factor and this things beefy bulk of about 780 grams it is an excellent cooler. It is quiet, has automatic fan control (though no fanmate2 is included for manual control) and the LED in the fan is not uber-bright.
I know there is a review of this cooler on TPU, and many other sites but I felt the need to post how this little shopping trip ended up.