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cpu cooler or thermal compound

i have $20 left from my budget
should i either buy a cpu cooler or a thermal compound
specs are
x4 760k
hd 7770 ghz
4gb ram
1 tb storage
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  1. Neither. $20 won't get you adequate cooling and putting quality thermal compound on a stock heatsink isn't going to get you very far if you plan to overclock at all. Save your money until you can buy a $35-$50 heatsink for overclocking.
  2. Look in your couch cushion and find another $4. This one isn't bad for about $20.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186092&ignorebbr=1
  3. i can go until $40 and am not going to over clock
  4. Best answer
    If you're not going to overclock, don't bother buying a heatsink or thermal paste. You're wasting money. Stock heatsinks come with paste on them and are more than adequate.
  5. JobCreator said:
    If you're not going to overclock, don't bother buying a heatsink or thermal paste. You're wasting money. Stock heatsinks come with paste on them and are more than adequate.


    I agree. If you aren't going to overclock and you aren't looking for near silence for a HTPC then just use the stock one and put the $20 somewhere else.
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