I'm upgrading my wife's CPU as a surprise gift and need some help picking a CPU cooler out.
Current System Specs:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Intel® Pentium® Processor E5300
6 GB Ram
EVGA NVIDIA GT 640
Motherboard: G43T-AM V:2.0
Everything currently is stock except for the videocard and shes been complaining recently about load times and such with newer games she's playing. The Gateway website says that the motherboard can run with Intel's Core 2 Duo's or Quad's up to 1333MHz FSB. So at first I wanted to get a Q9650 and be done with the upgrade but the price for that thing used is out of my range. Instead I purchased the Q9550.
I know the Q9550 will perform great but I'm worried that the stock cooler for her E5300 won't be able to keep the new CPU from overheating.
E5300 Max TDP is 65 W vs. Q9550 with 95 W. What's a good but cheap cooler that could be used as a EASY replacement?
The board has little pegs that the stock cooler screws into and I don't want to even attempt to try and make a aftermarket fan with push pins and twist pins. I've read some bad reviews about those things. If at all possible I'm looking for a cooler that will be able to handle TDP of 95 W and have screws that will go into the board's pegs (risers) $10-$20.
Thanks, I'll give it a shot to see if the stock cooler will do. I don't plan on doing any overclocking on and I was looking at that exact same cooler last night but was unsure if it'd do the job. Thanks again for the reply.