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Help with new computer (First build)

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Hey guys, this is my first post to this forum but Ive been browsing around here for a little while. I have a few quick questions so if anyone has any feedback to give me that'd be great

Heres what i'm planning on building:
Case: Fractal Design Define R3
Motherboard: Asus P8P67 Pro
CPU: Intel i7 2600k
Ram: G.skill ripjaws-X 1600mhz (2x8gb)
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 750Watt
Graphics: Radeon HD 6950 2GB

I'll want to try out overclocking the cpu a little bit eventually but I don't want to do anything too major, maybe up to like 4.0ghz or something.
So with that in mind, is the standard intel cpu cooler good enough to keep temperatures at a nice level? Or do people generally just replace it?

Also I hear people talk about "thermal paste", of which I know nothing about. There appears to be some paste on the intel cooler already but I am right in assuming I won't have to buy any more and apply that? Does it need to be applied to the actual cpu as well?

Any other general tips for a newbie about to start his first build would also be great haha

Thanks for reading guys, much appreciated
post #2 of 3

If you plan on overclocking that chip you are probably going to want to get an aftermarket cooler for it. Most coolers come with thermal paste to apply to the heatsink.
Most people like to buy thermal paste so they have extra, and because the stuff that comes with the product isn't always the best.
this video will give you an idea of what thermal paste does. and where it goes.

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Thanks for the reply, interesting video as well.
So yeah I may as well just go for an aftermarket one in that case, they seem pretty cheap as well which is handy.
The CM hyper 212+ looks pretty decent I think and at a very good price, will probably end up getting that one
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