sorry to tell you, if want just cool any cpu to 3-3.4ghz its fine
i will not cool a quad core, and its a poor choice. The better the cpu cooler the longer your cpu lastests, its a low cost investment. While they look nice and they look like other coolers that are top of the line they are not.
research anandtechs cpu cooler ratings
CPU's do not come with pre-pasted heatspreaders.
yes cpu's do come, i am not sure what planet this is from, but both the q660o copper core cooler i just opened, has paste on it - as does the uselss cooler with the e2180. I think you ment to say after market coolers do not come prepasted - yes that is true for the most part.
the paste that comes stock with the intel cpu hsf is good for testing, test it remove it and remove the paste - in fact you can test 3 cpus until the paste falls off and spreads too thin
Just because you won't use a cooler on a quad core doesn't mean everyone else should be so silly...
The better the cpu cooler the longer your cpu lastests
Yes, it really depends on how extreme the OP's overclocking plans are. If he's only doing moderate OCing, even the stock Intel cooler should work fine and both CPU and cooler should last until he's ready to get a different CPU.
, its a low cost investment.
If it doesn't make a difference *during your use* of the CPU, it's a waste of money.
yes cpu's do come, i am not sure what planet this is from,
You misunderstood: both the OP and beurling are talking about CPUs, which do NOT come with thermal compound pre-applied to them.
but both the q660o copper core cooler i just opened, has paste on it - as does the uselss cooler with the e2180.
Yes, as the OP noted, the stock Intel coolers do come prepasted.
I think you ment to say after market coolers do not come prepasted -
you should not use an atic cooler with a quad core you want to overclock it will not work good.
the artic cooler is ok for dual core cpu's - they look like they should cool great they look like a copy of thermalright, but they do not.
zalman 9700 or 9500
thermal right ultra 120 or even 90 but its not that much better then artic
i have one buy i have not tested it, the zerotherm - it got a high rating its sililar to ones above
ninja mini is not bad
the giant towers are too top heavy i would stay away