Overclock.net › Forums › Cooling › Other Cooling Discussions › Aftermarket CPU fan/ cooler? (on a budget) to buy or not to buy?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Aftermarket CPU fan/ cooler? (on a budget) to buy or not to buy?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hello-

I am starting my first build and I ordered all the main parts I will need. I am tempted by the idea of an aftermarket CPU cooling system, but I would only have about $50-75 left in my budget for such a thing. I am getting an i7-2600, which includes a stock fan- so the question is, would the upgrade be worth it at this time?
post #2 of 8
What do you plan on using your computer for? I have my i5-2500K at stock speeds, and I websurf and play games like BF3 at 1080p; the temps are just fine on the stock heatsink and fan.

I'd say if you don't plan on overclocking, you're probably fine with the stock heatsink.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
I use a lot of 3D modeling and rendering programs. But I also multitask with the Adobe suite and internet of course. I don't plan on overclocking just yet, but maybe someday. It seems like it might be a good upgrade down the road.
post #4 of 8
If you Do NOT plan on overclocking, get the i7 2600 (no "K") and a stock cooler.
If you DO plan on overclocking, get the i7 2600K and a cooler like the CM Hyper 212+ or better. smile.gif
post #5 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by rykoehn View Post

Hello-
I am starting my first build and I ordered all the main parts I will need. I am tempted by the idea of an aftermarket CPU cooling system, but I would only have about $50-75 left in my budget for such a thing. I am getting an i7-2600, which includes a stock fan- so the question is, would the upgrade be worth it at this time?

If you have a I7 2600, just use the stock cooler and save your money for more ram thumb.gif
post #6 of 8
Do you have the i7-2600 or the i7-2600K? The thing is that you can't really overclock the non-K processor as it has locked multiplier. If you won't be overclocking the stock cooler will be sufficient temp-wise but it still makes hell of a noise imho, so you could buy a silent cooler like Arctic freezer 13 pro which would still lower your temps noticeably. But if you do have the K-version of the processor and you're pretty certain that you'll overclock your processor, then look for something with a bit more bang, like the Hyper 212 -series, or maybe something even better like Noctua D14, Thermalright Silver arrow, Archon or HR-02 Macho, Coolink Corator DS, Prolimatech Megahalems etc.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
So my decision was to get the 2600k and I bought a Zalman CPU cooler. I wanted to leave the option for overclocking open in the future, and the cooler looks badass (and the performance will be better I hope).

Thanks for all the advice biggrin.gif
post #8 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by rykoehn View Post

So my decision was to get the 2600k and I bought a Zalman CPU cooler. I wanted to leave the option for overclocking open in the future, and the cooler looks badass (and the performance will be better I hope).
Thanks for all the advice biggrin.gif

Out of all the options, why that one?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Other Cooling Discussions
Overclock.net › Forums › Cooling › Other Cooling Discussions › Aftermarket CPU fan/ cooler? (on a budget) to buy or not to buy?