Thanks again. Always great help on this forum.
Am I correct that from a contact and mounting position standpoint it would be better to have the LGA1700 bracket vs. using the 1200 holes?
To try to bring closure to this I spent about 45 minutes on the line with Asus support.......just trying to get the definitive answer to whether the ROG Strix LC II 240 ARGB have the LGA1700 bracket in the box. Even if I bought from Asus store direct I could not get a guarantee it was in the box. I was told that "second generation" CPU coolers had them, but they were unclear if that met the I vs. II versions of these or based on manufacturer date.
This article implies that at least after August 2021 newer CPU cooler manufactured product should include them:https://www.tweaktown.com/news/81113/asus-rog-strix-lc-ii-cooler-has-lga1700-bracket-for-intels-new-...
So I tried to just put in a request for a 1700 bracket in case it was no in there and was told that I needed the serial number of the cooler and that the "I" versions of the product took priority for providing brackets vs. the "II"! Not sure I understand this but of course you don't want to be sitting there putting a PC together, find out you need a bracket and have to call and wait two weeks to get it.
I am trying trying hard to keep the build all Asus/ROG/Strix but I guess I have to live with using the 1200 holes or call for the bracket (if missing) when I get the cooler. I was thinking since my case supports the 280 size radiator that the larger fans and radiator would give me better cooling but their answers on teh 280 were the same as the 240.