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Do I need an aftermarket CPU cooler if I'm NOT overclocking?

Hi all. Still choosing parts for my build. CPU I've gone with is an i7 4790 (i7 for 3D rendering/graphics design).

If I'm not buying an i7 4790K and just an i7 4790 with a GTX 970 GPU, do I need an aftermarket CPU cooler or should I use the 4790's stock cooler?

Thanks!
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    Nope, your 4790 will be fine with a stock cooler as long as ambient temps are not oven-like :)

    Aftermarket coolers really come into their own when pushing volts, where stock coolers hit the wall and get saturated.
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  2. Yes, if you live in the dessert.

    No, if you have a house with comfortable ambient temperatures

    But the thing I dislike about stock coolers is that, it blows dust all over the ram sticks/socket
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  3. Stock coolers are perfectly fine if you not overclocking, after all, the people who made the processor and backing up the warranty on it are the ones who are supplying it, right? More important than the CPU cooler its self if you are not overclocking, is making sure your case has good ventilation. They are even good enough for mild overclocks as long as your case has good airflow.
    Reply to jitpublisher
  4. Thanks for all your answers, guys! Really helped. :)
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  5. plaintuts said:
    But the thing I dislike about stock coolers is that, it blows dust all over the ram sticks/socket


    That's because the stock cooler is not only designed to cool the CPU itself but the surrounding motherboard components as well, especially the motherboard voltage regulators!

    @vxsili

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2196038/air-cooling-water-cooling-things.html
    Reply to 4Ryan6
  6. So apparently thats a great design feature...

    Voltage regulators! Must be cooled
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  7. plaintuts said:
    So apparently thats a great design feature...

    Voltage regulators! Must be cooled



    It is, but as you said it does freely deposit the dust on the ram slots, but at least the dust stays dry and is easily removed with canned compressed air.
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  8. jitpublisher said:
    Stock coolers are perfectly fine if you not overclocking, after all, the people who made the processor and backing up the warranty on it are the ones who are supplying it, right? More important than the CPU cooler its self if you are not overclocking, is making sure your case has good ventilation. They are even good enough for mild overclocks as long as your case has good airflow.


    Hey pal, I hope isn't too late for this thread, but what do you mean about "Good airflow" for a case? Sorry my ignorance, but would like to get a bit more technical answer about it. I have this case:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=treetop+x6+gabinete&client=firefox-b-ab&dcr=0&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiNssuwjY_WAhUKlZAKHXXJBHkQ_AUICigB&biw=1600&bih=760#imgrc=IOoKyw43JHYBYM:

    In the left it has 2 coolers and it has available room in the back for getting another one if user likes to do so.

    Is there some software to know which is the normal speed from those case coolers? They use the normal molex 4pin connectors. is there also any recommended cooler for the backside of my computer case?

    I just got some weeks ago a new GTX 1050 mini graphics card and it gets no more than 30° C in a game, but then tried in like 2 or 3 hours later playing the same game it gets around like 37-38° C. Is it possible could be an airflow problem? or is it related to my stock cooler? I do have an i5-2400 CPU.
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