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New builder question
07-10-2011, 02:01 PM,
New builder question
Okay I'm going to put my game face on and build one of these things. My one question to ask so far is:

I'm going with an Intel i5 2500 and have no plans to overclock it and will be using using the cooler included with the CPU.

Do I need to use thermal paste in this situation when I'm going with just the stock cooling? I assume thermal paste would not come with the cpu purchase.

Appreciate your help...
07-10-2011, 02:14 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-10-2011, 02:14 PM by Andrew J.)
RE: New builder question
The CPU heatsink has a thermal pad which serves the same function as thermal paste. So no, you don't need to buy separate thermal paste.
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07-10-2011, 04:01 PM,
RE: New builder question
Why not spend the additional $15 and get the unlocked K model, just in case in the future you do want to overclock it?
07-10-2011, 08:45 PM,
RE: New builder question
Thanks for the heads-up Andrew.
Tocaff: good point! might as well, thanks...
07-10-2011, 09:44 PM,
RE: New builder question
Too bad you should have decided to build this a couple of days ago. Newegg had an open box sales for super good motherboards for super cheap. Too bad I decided to buy all my parts a couple of days before the sale =(
Laptop: MacBook Pro 13"
Case: Drawer turned to case CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 CPU Cooler: Stock brah GPU: EVGA GTX 460 HDD: Corsair Nova 32GB Motherboard: GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Z68 RAM: Ripjaw 8GB 1600 Optical Drive: Don't need PSU: 620W Antec Neo ECO. Operating System: OS X Lion/ Windows 7x64

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