Hey everyone, I recently purchased parts to build a new computer and was wondering if I definitley need a heatsink? Will the stock fans do the job? At the moment I only plan on OCing a little, nothing outrageous and I may crossfire two 5770's later but right now I dont care too much for the newest pc games. Anyways if I do need one which should I get? I want to pay around $30 or less and get the best bang for my buck. Thanks oh and here are my specs
phenom ii x4 955 BE
4gb gskill ripjaws
1TB samsung spinpoint
asus 890fx pro mobo
sapphire hd 5770 1gb
Most people that buy a X4 955 do so along with a third-party cooler. The stock heatsink will do the job just fine at stock speeds, but if you want it to be quieter or to be able to overclock then yes.. get a better cooler too.
If you're planning on sticking to $30 or less, pretty much any 3rd-party cooler for that price is going to do a decent job. When I purchased my 955BE, I did a ton of research on sub-$30 aftermarket coolers and finally went with a Gigabyte cooler.
From personal experience, I would suggest avoiding Thermaltake coolers; they under-perform, they're poorly built and they're damn ugly. That's just my opinion .
only problem is with shippin its around 32.. is that still worth it?
Yes of course it's worth $32 you'll be hard pressed to find a better cooler at that price.
I don't know of any personally.It's hard to get right now and when they were plentiful they cost $30 shipping included.
Is $2 a deal breaker for you?