......assuming the suppler isn't going to test this for me.
I have no problems reading the spec sheets of the MOBO & Heatsink to pair up a compatible fit but lets rewind back to a few years ago.......
I built a new PC & 'on paper' everything was right. In reality, the MOBO has this one monster component (a large capacitor maybe) right next to the CPU socket. This stopped the heatsink from going into the it's socket on 1 corner. I tried all the rotations & it didn't fit. I had to go through 3 heatsinks to find one that would fit. Time consuming due to having to send back the heatsink before the supplier would send a replacement.
Now I could tell you the motherboard I'm looking at getting (Gigabyte Z370 HD3) but this could change at any time & I still haven't picked heatsink & fan. Are there any techniques you use to determine the fit of a heatsink to avoid the situation I was in previously?
Please keep in mind this happened in 2010 so I'm hoping these design flaws are not longer an issue anymore.