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Old March 12, 2009, 09:51 AM
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From the below parts, assuming Iíll never be overclocking, are the CPU cooler components really necessary? I could shave some dollars off without them but I donít want to do it a the risk of the system. I know the GTX 295 puts out a lot of heat but I figure its fans and the ones in the case should be enough to compensate. What do you think?


ASUS P5QL Pro ATX LGA775 P43 DDR2 1PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9550
WESTERN DIGITAL 640GB Black Edition SATA 3GB S DESKTOP STORAGE 7200RPM 32MB CACHE
OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 Titanium 4GB Edition Dual Channel (OCZ2T800C44GK)
EVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 295 1792MB GDDR3 PCI-EXPRESS 017-P3-1291-AR
Cooler Master CM 690 Tower (RC-690)
Corsair 750 Watt Power Supply (CMPSU-750TX)

These are the parts I was thinking for CPU cooling.

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound Ė Retail

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XIGMATEK dark knight (comes with Retention Bracket)
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Old March 12, 2009, 09:58 AM
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If you are not planning on overclocking the Q9550 then no it is not needed as long as you are getting the retail package with the CPU which comes with a stock heatsink. if you plan on doing more then a small overclock then yeah your gonna need it. Quads put out alot of heat when overclocked but at 95W TDP the 45nm Q9550 should be pretty decent for temps under the stock heat sink. As for the GTX295, it should vent the magority of its heat out the back of your case anyways so I wouldnt worry to much about its impact on your CPU.
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Old March 12, 2009, 10:02 AM
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I've never been a personal Fan of using Stock Heatsinks. That being said, if you are never going to Overclock that Quad, you could probably get away with keeping the stock heatsink it comes with and calling it a day.
Just put an Extra Fan on the Side Panel of that CM690 and you should be good.

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Perfect! Thanks again.
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Old March 12, 2009, 10:42 AM
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Stock coolers are lame lol
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Old March 12, 2009, 02:41 PM
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Buddy, your buying a top-of-the-line GPU and you cheap out on the motherboard?

Common man, get at least a decent P45 board and a heatsink for the Q9550. It's just begging to to OC'd
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Old March 12, 2009, 02:53 PM
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+1 JD, but I didnt want to say it, last I saw he wanted to build a dual core E8400 system =P
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