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Do I need a CPU Cooler if I'm not overclocking?

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May 2, 2014 8:07:14 AM

I am building a desktop for the first time and I am wondering if a CPU cooler is absolutely necessary for my build. I have an i7-4770k, a GTX 760, an ASRock Z87 Extreme 4 motherboard and a CX600M Power supply. My case is the Cougar Solution which has only one built in fan I believe. If I were to get a CPU cooler I would most likely go with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo.
https://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-...

Is this necessary or should I save my money?
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May 2, 2014 8:10:55 AM

yes you need one, the stock cooler would work too.
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May 2, 2014 8:13:19 AM

If there is a stock cooler that comes with the CPU, it should be sufficient as long as you aren't overclocking. If you aren't overclocking, then why get the K version of CPU? Get a cooler and you then have the capability to overclock safely.
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May 2, 2014 8:25:55 AM

If you're not going to be overclocking, save $100 and get the Xeon 1230 V3, save $60 and get the ASRock H87 Pro4, and save $30 by not getting a CPU cooler. Then use that money to get a better power supply. XFX makes a 550w for about the same price, but much higher quality.
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May 2, 2014 9:23:47 AM

HiTechObsessed said:
If you're not going to be overclocking, save $100 and get the Xeon 1230 V3, save $60 and get the ASRock H87 Pro4, and save $30 by not getting a CPU cooler. Then use that money to get a better power supply. XFX makes a 550w for about the same price, but much higher quality.


I have already ordered/bought the parts I listed. I got a great deal on the cpu and motherboard at microcenter. I got them both for $375 with tax plus another $20 MIR on the motherboard. Why do you think the XFX PSU is better quality? I am new to this but I've heard nothing but good things about Corsair and they are both 80+ Bronze.

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May 2, 2014 9:39:35 AM

Thx Corsair CX series is built with small, cheaply made capacitors, which isn't recommended on higher-end builds. XFX is built by SeaSonic, which is one of the highest-quality PSU OEMs.

The CX is a fine budget/lower-end model, but not recommended when you have a lot of money invested in parts. The good models from Corsair are the AX/HX/TX series.
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May 2, 2014 9:41:52 AM

I would... On my AMD fx6300 not overclocked I was overheating with the stock cooler. I say better safe then sorry and grab a CM hyper 212 evo. Not to mention you can use this on pretty much an board so its a solid item to have just for all your builds.
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