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Do I need a different cooling system for an intel core i7 2600k?

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August 17, 2012 6:10:08 AM


I am thinking about getting an intel core i7 2600k to replace my core i3 2100, i was wondering if i need some kind of extra cooling?
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Intel core i3 2100 @ 3.10ghz
sapphire radeon hd 6850
antec vp 450w psu
4 gb ddr3 ram (getting 8)
not sure about the mobo, im a noob :p 
windows 7 64

I want to have a good processor for GAMING. But if i have to upgrade my cooling then id rather just get something a bit less powerful, if so do you have any suggestions?
a c 138 à CPUs
August 17, 2012 7:02:19 AM

hyper 212 evo is good and cheap
August 17, 2012 7:10:41 AM

but do i need it though?
i would rather go with an i5 if i do.
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a c 138 à CPUs
August 17, 2012 7:18:10 AM

what kind / brand model ur motherbord to use if Kseries i7 CPU?
just use the stock cooling is enough if it does not plan to OC, though unfortunately with Kseries ...
August 17, 2012 7:41:05 AM

It Depends if your planning to OC
August 17, 2012 7:41:32 AM

I found a deal where i can get an i7 2600k for $230. so if it would work then that would be great.
August 17, 2012 7:41:54 AM

i dont know what model the mobo is... it just says "" on it. and im not planning to OC it.
is there a different i7 cpu that would not make as much heat?not a K one?
August 17, 2012 7:54:17 AM

I found a deal where i can get an i7 2600k for $230. so if it would work then that would be great.
a c 138 à CPUs
August 17, 2012 9:49:38 AM

use stock cooling , it come with CPU packet ... and it's enough for you, about your mobo and Core i72600K it's overkill :) 
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August 17, 2012 9:54:32 AM

I don't think the K series of CPU's are supported on OEM boards.
August 18, 2012 2:28:32 AM

ok, thanks for the answers, so the "k" series wont work. Do you have any suggestions for a different cpu?maybe an i5? or should i just stick with my i3?
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September 29, 2012 2:23:07 PM

G'day. It seems that your primary aim is gaming. If so, we have to ask, "will your graphics card be limitted by your cpu?" In your case I don't think so as the 6850 is a mid range card. Hence if I was you I would keep the current setup as you will not get massive gains in performance without also upgrading the graphics card.

Let's say that you want to upgrade, I would recommend an i5 2500 as it seems you have no intention of overclocking. Furthermore, if you are not overclocking, the stock cooler will be enough.

In gaming, an i7 will not help as the main difference is hyperthreading which is more suited to work programs.

In summary, I recommend keeping your system for another generation and then reassessing. Hope this helps