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FX-8320 - Stock or Custom Cooling?

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November 26, 2012 12:14:47 AM

I'm planning to put together a new system sometime between now and Christmas. I think I've lined up a general hardware list that suits my needs, but I'm trying to tie up some loose ends before placing my orders.

My system will be built around an AMD FX-8320 processor. I do NOT plan on overclocking, but will likely be running Folding@Home and/or some processor-intensive hydraulic modeling programs for work. Will the stock heatsink/paste/fan that comes with the processor be sufficient for my needs (Assuming of course that something stock is included - it was for my last build, albeit 9 years ago) ??? Or should I considering something larger?

If the consensus is something larger, any suggestions? I'd prefer something on the quieter and reliable side. Note that I have a huge Swiftech MCX-462+ heatsink in my current system that I would consider salvaging, though I would be greatly surprised if the holes for the mounting screws lined up with something newer.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions, and feel free to ask questions if you need more information.

Proposed Build:
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5 Ghz 8-core processor
MOBO: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3
RAM: Corsair XMS3 8 GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1333
VID: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB
PSU: SeaSonic S12II 520W
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB 3.5" 7200 RPM HD
Undecided on case, but for the sake of discussion assume case ventilation will not control the CPU cooling design.
a b K Overclocking
November 26, 2012 2:29:30 AM

Stock cooling should be fine as long as you don't overclock. If you do decide to overclock then ditch the stock cooler and get something better.
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a b K Overclocking
November 26, 2012 4:28:18 AM

Running folding with stock cooler get ready for turbo whine from fan , and temps 60-64 if you sett folding to 75- 100% cpu, I just got an 8350 to replace my 1100t and will be using a deepcool 3002gx from the 1100 to cool the 8350 , the stock cooler sounds like a jet running WCG B O I N C and the 1100 hit 64c with stock cooler 42c (and silent) with the deepcool , better for the CPU (and your ears) to get a better cooler if you run folding at high cpu settings .
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a c 150 K Overclocking
November 26, 2012 4:57:58 AM

I would consider something like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.
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November 26, 2012 5:00:23 AM

amuffin said:
I would consider something like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.


+1 the stock amd coolers are extremely loud.
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a b K Overclocking
December 2, 2012 4:19:43 PM

austinwillis81 said:
+1 the stock amd coolers are extremely loud.

YES, ever since they changed from 9 long curved fan blades to 7 blade short straight fan blades it's been turbo whine . I put the fan from my old opteron 185x2 on my x6 1090 and it quieted down , but not enough cooling for folding @100%cpu or OC ing the cpu
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