Do I really need this CPU Cooler?

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($205.00 @ Scorptec)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($419.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($125.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($141.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG BH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($79.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1579.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-27 21:08 EST+1100)

That is my current build.
I haven't decided on whether or not I want to OC the system, but I have the ability to if I wanted to.
Keeping this in mind, do I really need the cooler that I have in mind?
It seems a bit expensive, especially considering the Intel CPU comes with a fan of its own.
Do you think cooling will be an issue, even if I don't OC???

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  1. Such a cooler is only really necessary if you are looking to overclock, otherwise one half the price & size will suffice if you want better cooling then the stock cooler.

    Personally I like having a good cooler to help with life expectancy as well as dealing with all sorts of ambient temperatures all year round. Ultimately if you live somewhere with cool ambient temperatures as well as have no plan to overclock, then you could get away with the stock cooler.
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