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Old December 12, 2011, 09:38 PM
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i have 2600 non k cpu
should i change my stock cooler in order to increase my cpu life or be with stock
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Old December 12, 2011, 09:48 PM
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CPU will likely run forever with the stock heatsink.

I have yet to see a dead cpu from aging.
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I don't think you will gain any life by changing the heatsink.
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Old December 13, 2011, 07:40 AM
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I don't think it will extend your life.

However, I switched the stock downdraft cooler on my AMD 965 to an aftermarket cooler. The difference in noise was remarkable, and well worth the $40 I spent on the cooler.
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Look around at all the Pentium 4 rigs that are still running on stock heat sinks, many of which run hotter than an i7 2600 - your CPU will get outdated long before it degrades. Just make sure to keep the computer relatively free of dust (this goes for any using cooler).
CPUs are designed and covered by warranty using their stock coolers. Aftermarket cooling is mainly for lower noise, better temperatures while overclocked, and in some cases to fit in a certain form factor that a stock cooler cannot fit.

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Old December 13, 2011, 10:42 AM
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Sandy bridge is the only stock cooler I would ever tell any intel user to keep using, used to toss them out in the stores before I got home, but they grew into there crappy stock coolers with drops in die size and lowered voltages.
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A stock cooler for stock speeds or very minor overclocking, if your computer runs at a decent temperature with modern hardware, you will outgrow its potency long before it "dies" of old age or sufferes degradation.

As long as temps/voltages are where they should be Intel/AMD both warranty them for 3 years, and have artificial testing to almost 100% guarantee they will last 10 years+ though most folks never use them that long :O
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Old December 13, 2011, 09:03 PM
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I had K6 2, I suppose to run 266 Bus speed,
I ran 300 Bus speed on stock Cooler in Texas.
It lastest 6 Years before it started to give errors.
It would run fine at stock but not OC speed.
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Old December 15, 2011, 12:34 AM
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I had an E5200 at 3.5Ghz with the stock cooler. The chip is still running fine, in a cousins computer.

As said, a non overclocked cpu should last for years with the stock cooler.
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