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September 1, 2013 6:59:17 AM

Hello everyone, so this is my first time ever building a pc.

Now everything was going fine, put in the processor etc. which is an Intel i7 4770K Haswell, until I noticed that one of the fan cables that came with it is slightly nicked.

Now the nick is very small, but I can slightly see the inner cabling and I am worried that a very small part of the inner cabling might have snapped as well.

I worked for 3 months to save up for this pc so I really value the products I bought and I am worried that if I try out this fan I might ruin the CPU. Should I try it and watch the fan to see if it switches on?

Otherwise I kind of have been considering getting an after market heat sink anyway so this might be a chance for me to get one considering disputing this would just take so long.

So I want to know, what are some good heat sinks that go with the 4770K? I probably won't overclock either.

Thanks!
Xingua
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September 1, 2013 7:43:27 AM

You could always test it before you put it in the case and see if it turns on, like you noted. But you absolutely need to get an aftermarket cooling solution. If you "really value the products", which you obviously do, you won't rely long on the stock cooler to keep your CPU truly cool. Not sure if you're overclocking, since you got the K series, but if so you should also look into an easy water cooling solution, like Corsairs stuff. I air cool with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus and it's awesome. Noctua has, arguably, the best air cooling solutions. I've heard the 1150 socket takes the same heatsinks as 1155, so check out the Noctua NH-D14, CM Hyper 212 (usually around $30), Zalman CNP9900, etc. Basically, make sure it has good reviews on Newegg.

So yes, nick or no nick, go aftermarket :) 
September 1, 2013 8:00:49 AM

Thanks for the reply, you confirmed what I was basically planning to do. So the Noctua is a little out of my price range. However, the Cooler Master that you posted seems fine with me.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683... I was thinking about getting this, it seems like the socket type would fit on the CPU socket type. I also have a Fractal Gaming R4 Mid Tower case, I am assuming that this fan would fit into the case as well?
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September 1, 2013 8:14:07 AM
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Xingua said:
Thanks for the reply, you confirmed what I was basically planning to do. So the Noctua is a little out of my price range. However, the Cooler Master that you posted seems fine with me.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683... I was thinking about getting this, it seems like the socket type would fit on the CPU socket type. I also have a Fractal Gaming R4 Mid Tower case, I am assuming that this fan would fit into the case as well?


The Define R4 will take a CPU cooler up to 170mm tall, so you're golden with that CM 212 Evo (it's only 159mm tall), and it will definitely fit that Haswell socket, they updated the specs to say as much.

Cheers!
September 1, 2013 8:20:16 AM

Thank you so much!! I really appreciate your help!
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September 1, 2013 9:01:13 AM

Xingua said:
Thank you so much!! I really appreciate your help!


No problem at all, glad to help. Don't forget to select a best answer if you found one :) 
September 1, 2013 12:06:05 PM

Is there a moderator around that could make this thread a question/answer thread so I can give this good man "best answer"? It is set as discussion right now.
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