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I am about to order the parts for my first pc build, and I am getting an AMD A10 7870k cpu with an ARCTIC - Alpine 64 PLUS Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler. Do I need to buy thermal paste and apply it myself or will it be functional out of the box? Also remember this is my first time so plz be don't be too harsh if I make mistakes :)
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    You do not have to buy it. It will come with the cooler. You DO have to apply it.

    This isn't your question, but I will suggest you buy a different CPU and motherboard. Why? Because the AMD FM2+ motherboard is a dead end. You are buying the top-end CPU for that platform. You have no upgrade options without throwing out the whole thing.
    An Intel G4560, B250 motherboard, and RAM will provide you with options for several years. Your current choice will be in the trash.
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  2. kanewolf said:
    You do not have to buy it. It will come with the cooler. You DO have to apply it.

    This isn't your question, but I will suggest you buy a different CPU and motherboard. Why? Because the AMD FM2+ motherboard is a dead end. You are buying the top-end CPU for that platform. You have no upgrade options without throwing out the whole thing.
    An Intel G4560, B250 motherboard, and RAM will provide you with options for several years. Your current choice will be in the trash.


    yeah I realized when I was looking at my build online that I had a micro-ATX mb, so obviously I don't want that. I changed my choice to an ASRock - FM2A88X Extreme4+ ATX FM2+ Motherboard, but from your post it sounds like that's a bad idea? https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/rvVBXH is my build so far, I don't really want to go above £800, but feel free to give advice for my first pc build :)
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  3. FM2+ socket is a bad idea. It is a dead end platform. Either get a Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, or Intel Skylake, Intel Coffee Lake CPU. Then build out from there.
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  4. kanewolf said:
    FM2+ socket is a bad idea. It is a dead end platform. Either get a Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, or Intel Skylake, Intel Coffee Lake CPU. Then build out from there.


    Yeah I intend to upgrade my pc over time so would an Intel Pentium G4560 + an MSI - B250 PC MATE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard give me lots of options for the future?
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  5. Yes. If your budget allows, a Z270 motherboard with a G4560 gives more overclocking options. But a B250 with a G4560 is a combo I recommend to many members. Get an M.2 SSD rather than a 2.5 inch.
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  6. kanewolf said:
    Yes. If your budget allows, a Z270 motherboard with a G4560 gives more overclocking options. But a B250 with a G4560 is a combo I recommend to many members. Get an M.2 SSD rather than a 2.5 inch.


    ok thanks a lot, you've been really helpful and no doubt saved me a lot of money and researching in the future :)
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  7. M.2 drives are nice for read/ write speeds over an ordinary SATA SSD, but, are $100 more for a 500 GB drive , and contribute absolutely nothing to gaming performance. If on a budget, best to put that extra money into the Gpu if planning on gaming, at least a GTX 1050. The R5-1600 and a B350 should be nice for years.
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