I dont overclock my CPU, but I do change the fan speed and settings at times. I oc my GPU though. So if I am to use the same cooler for my next build, would that be wise or would it be easier and more efficient if I buy a new one?
I am currently using a Gigabyte G-PowerLite cooler. How many years does this typically last?
Heatsinks will last forever, however... it needs to be compatible with your new build. Also need to make sure that it can dissipate enough heat. Tower heatsinks tend to be better than ones that push the hot air towards the processor like yours does.
A CPU cooler is a bunch of metal assembled in a certain way for efficient heat dissipation.....if you dont spill water into your computer or play baseball with it, your actual cooler itself i'd say has a longer lifespan than you, but its the fan that can fail after some years, but most coolers allow for easy replacement of fans
^ I've seen the retention clips on older socket A and socket 7 boards break after alot of use on different systems. Of course, it's much more likely for those darn little plastic notches on the sides of the socket to break .
Good CPU coolers are engineered to prevent rust corrosion. Even in "normal" (ie. city) conditions, the air still has enough water content to initiate rusting in unprotected surfaces, like aluminum and even copper.