As the topic suggests, I'm wondering if I should have tacked on a CPU Cooler of some sort (preferably not a water cooler though) to my recent purchases. I still have plenty of time, as components won't begin arriving until later this week...
I picked up the E6850, and am tossing it into an Antec P182 case. Actually, the full list of what all I just purchased:
Would it be wise to invest in an aftermarket cooler now, or wait until such time as I look into overclocking and/or adding a second GTS around Christmas time? I imagine the stock cooler fan should be sufficient... but I'm leary about such assumptions. It's been a long seven years since I plotted out and built my own computer from scratch.
no i would definitely suggest getting an after market cooler now. im not too sure, but im fairly certain that the E6850 runs quite hot. So if your just looking for an air cooler, i highly suggest the thermalright ultra-120 extreme. that is the best air cooler you can buy and it goes for around $70. of course though u have to buy a 120mm fan as well.. be sure to get a good one.
by the way why not save some money and go for a E6700 or even better why not a Q6600 and then oc it to 3Ghz.
If you think you might do some overclocking in the future, you might be better off getting the aftermarket cooler now. Many coolers today require you to have the motherboard out of the case to mount it properly. Doing it now will save you the headache of having to tear your whole system apart later just to install a HSF.
Maverick7 doesn't know what he's talking about or trying to mislead you. The 6850 doesn't run hot at all less than an EE6800. Until you start OC'ing the stock cooler is fine. You can even OC to around 3.2 or 3.4 just watch your temps. When you do upgrade skip the air solutions altogether you be much happier on water. I think the basic swifttech kit is around $200. I've been there and done it.