It is essential to think about cooling issues before you start buying hardware. Picking the right chassis, CPU cooler, and case fans lays the foundation of a successful build. As much as we're trained to snap our necks for attractive parts, good looks simply have to play second fiddle here.
We hope that we clarified a few things for beginners. Even the of applying thermal paste is unfounded. Squeeze out a drop and you’re done.
Our goal here wasn't to make purchasing recommendations, but to provide a tutorial. As time passes, there will always be new and improved products. In the end, though, only the best will do. The best doesn’t necessarily mean most expensive, either.
Instead Of Closing Thoughts, Bon Appétit
We've done some extreme cooling coverage in the past (that link is in German), so we wanted to leave you with a humorous recipe for enthusiasts who prefer turning their PCs into Dutch ovens rather than cooling them properly:
- A Foundation For Case Cooling: Fans
- Case Fans: Air Flow And Noise Level
- Case Fans: Decoupling Done Right
- Case Fans: Speed Control
- Case Fans: Should You Worry About Positive Or Negative Pressure?
- Case Fans: Recommendations
- CPU Coolers: Selection And Installation
- CPU Coolers: The Right Thermal Paste
- CPU Coolers: Applying Thermal Grease
- CPU Coolers: Initial Startup And Test Run
- VGA Coolers: We Rescue A GeForce GTX 480
- VGA Coolers: Single-Slot Whisper Cooler
- Think About Cooling Early