How to get small enough RAM?

I’m in the process of planning my next computer, which among others include:


– CPU: i7-2600K
– CPU cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2
– Memory: 32 GB RAM


and have now realized, that this may lead to a conflict between the RAM boards and the CPU cooler. The cooler extends over one of the SIMM sockets, limiting the height of the RAM.


I am unable to find specifications for the max. height below the cooler, but it seems to be around 40 mm or “adequate for normal RAM boards”.


As I want 32 GB RAM I need 8 GB boards, of which I considered:

– Corsair Vengeance 1600 (CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10), on ASUS’s QVL
– Corsair Dominator 1600 (CMP32GX3M4X1600C10)


I actually prefer the Dominator, as the price difference is very low and I thought they were better fitted when overclocking.

Both thes boards are around 55-56 mm high, with a removable cooling grid at the Dominator reducing the height to about 44 mm.


It seems that my options are:

1) Find smaller RAM (any ideas? 8GB boards are not that frequent around here)
2) Choose another CPU cooler
3) Mount the Noctua with the main fan towards the SIMM sockets, raising the fan enough to make room for the RAM, eventually combined with removing the cooling grid.


Any thought and ideas? Especially concerning:

– My RAM choices, OC taken into account
– Alternative low-height RAM suggestions
– Is it safe to remove the cooling grid on one of the Dominators? Or should I move the fan fully 15mm?

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