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Is Core i3 stock cooler good enough for office build?

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August 23, 2012 4:12:26 AM


Inexperienced person putting together a no-gaming no-overclocking "office/publishing" type system with a second generation Intel Core i3 (in a smaller micro ATX case)

Seen some conflicting posts here. Are the stock coolers now shipping with a Core i3 "good enough" for such usage - say vs an inexpensive one compatible with LGA 1155 and could fit (maybe like Cooler Master RR-H101-22FK-RI 80mm, etc.)?

Thanks for comments.

PS Just what sustained or peak temps are _too_ high, and should be looked out for?
a c 105 à CPUs
August 23, 2012 4:22:53 AM

stock coolers are fine for everyday use.

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August 23, 2012 4:57:22 AM

It will work fine for office computers or even gaming computers. Only thing after market heat sinks are really needed for is overclocking. I'd say if it was over 60-65 c consistently, which it shouldn't unless you have no air circulation in your case and using heavy cpu apps, then it might be worth it. If you feel like spending an extra $30+ for an after market cpu cooler then go for it, but you probably won't need it. I just built an i3 computer and the stock cooler if fine if you don't overclock it. I'd say just use stock if it's just an office computer.
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August 25, 2012 4:59:00 AM

Thanks for the reassurances. As a new builder, peeling the sticker off the stock cooling apparatus and twisting the fasteners seems it might be more straightforward than figuring out optimal thermal grease placement and a different heat sink/fan attachment...
a c 184 à CPUs
August 25, 2012 7:37:02 AM

You can read the guide in my sig if you need any help! :) 
August 26, 2012 8:13:38 PM

Great guide, and thanks for the effort that went into it. Looking forward to putting this together in a week or so.
August 26, 2012 8:16:14 PM

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