I just finished buying all the parts for my new computer, but have not assembled it yet. I was reading online to find if I need any other parts or not and was not able to find a direct answer. I bought the i5 3570k, and am not interested in overclocking in the foreseeable future. I understand if I choose to overclock later I need a aftermarket cooler. But until I decide to overclock is the stock cooler sufficient while running at stock speeds? Or does this run hot enough I need a better cooler even for stock speeds? Also I have a mid size tower, if I need a better cooler is the Hyper 212 + going to fit in a mid sized tower?
Info if needed - Mobo - Asus P8Z77-V LK, GPU GTX 670, mid tower case with 2 fans on top, 1 on the side (came with case), 750W PSU. Prefer to buy from Micro center or Newegg. Computer will be used mostly for gaming.
Thank you so much! 1 last question if I may, when my friend bought his 2500k he was told to get a better thermal paste. Is that a good investment for me as well? If so any recommendations as to a good one?
The thermal paste that comes pre-applied to the stock cooler will be ok, honestly.
You can get something like Arctic Silver 5 or Arctic Cooling MX-4, if you want, and it would be marginally better, but you would have to clean off the pre-applied stuff on the stock cooler first, before you apply it. The stock paste is decent enough for normal use, though.
My recommendation is to just wait until you want to OC and you get an aftermarket cooler to use a better paste.