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Best cooling option for first pc build

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December 17, 2013 9:28:27 AM

I recently bought my PC parts over the black friday/cyber monday sales, and realized after the fact that my CPU came without any fan/heatsink. I'm not really sure what kind/how much cooling I'll need, but I'm hesitant to even turn on my PC until I get some sort of cooling on my CPU.

What I'm working with is:
-ASUS Crosshair Formula-Z motherboard
-EVGA GeForce GTX660
- AMD FX-9370 4.4GHz AM3+ 220W 8-core
-Vulcan 2x4GB DDR3 1600 RAM
- Raidmax 835W PSU
-Kingston Hyper3k 120GB SSD
-NZXT Phantom full tower

My tower says it supports "180mm (w/o side 200mm/230mm fan) CPU heatsinks. I don't know whether I should find a fan thats that size, or a liquid cooling system, or what.

Bottom line is I need to get a reasonably priced CPU fan/cooling option so I can actually USE my beautiful new PC.

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a c 117 à CPUs
December 17, 2013 9:47:12 AM

The Corsair H100i is a good closed loop cooler, it should be able to cool your CPU down pretty nicely and you won't need to get low profile RAM for it to fit.


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a b à CPUs
December 17, 2013 1:44:47 PM

If you are not going to be overclocking it, or just overclocking it a little bit, then I'd recommend the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo. It will keep your CPU very cold even in the most demanding benchmarks.