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Can you add a liquid cooler in the future to an already fan cooled cpu? (i5 4690k)

I might not need to liquid cool my newly installed i5 4690k cpu yet since I wont be overclocking it for a good while. But can you upgrade it later on down the road? Even after the thermal paste and fan cooler have already been installed for a few years?

Even then, is it even worth it to get liquid cooling when you want to overclock? I'm not even sure I will need to overclock lol.
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    Yes - you add a custom cooler (water or air) as long as it'll fit your case.

    An i5 doesn't need liquid cooling. It doesn't give off that much heat. Get an air cooler eg coolermaster hyper 212 evo or better still a Noctua - if they fit your case.
  2. As long as your case has adequate locations to mount the liquid cooling kit later, there is no problem with doing that apart from the extra cleaning and possibly dissassembly/re-assembly steps depending on how much room you have to work with.
  3. So the paste that was already applied and is a few years old down the road will not be an issue if you want to add another cooling system on top of the cpu?
  4. You clean it off with isopropyl alcohol and put a pea size drop of ne Arctic Silver 5 paste in the center of the cpu.
  5. AngelEyes_666 said:
    So the paste that was already applied and is a few years old down the road will not be an issue if you want to add another cooling system on top of the cpu?


    I'd highly recommend reapplying thermal paste or else your temperatures could be even worse than before.
  6. Thanks for your help guys!
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