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Cooling for athlon 2 X3

Im in the process of building my own computer (first time). I have a athlon 2 X3 CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103843 on a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128416 mobo.. I dont plan on OC (yet, being i dont know how), but will i be ok with just the stock fan or do I need to buy a better. Also how do i even know what my running temps are and should be. I plan on playing a few games (SC2, wow..) and surfing web. The case im getting has 3 built in fans, dont know if it matters, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137..

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    srogers6 said:
    Im in the process of building my own computer (first time). I have a athlon 2 X3 CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103843 on a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128416 mobo.. I dont plan on OC (yet, being i dont know how), but will i be ok with just the stock fan or do I need to buy a better. Also how do i even know what my running temps are and should be. I plan on playing a few games (SC2, wow..) and surfing web. The case im getting has 3 built in fans, dont know if it matters, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137..

    thanks


    If your not going to OC the stock HSF will do fine. Max operating temp according to AMD is 73c http://products.amd.com/en-us/DesktopCPUDetail.aspx?id=626&f1=&f2=&f3=&f4=&f5=&f6=&f7=&f8=&f9=&f10=&f11=&f12=

    You can use AMD's AOD software to monitor temps as well as something like HWMonitor http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
  2. So as long as it is under 73 C im good? or is there an optimal range?
  3. You want to back off what ever your doing if it gets up around 62c,63c.
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