Is a CPU cooler important

  erkmatrix 16:01 03 Aug 06
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I've just ordered a new PC from PC Specialist and it comes with basic PSU and fan and someone told me I'd would be better getting something 450W+ for the PSU cooler and there is an option for a 500w PSU and 120mm fan for £25 but also theres that and a CPU cooler for £39

Would I need a CPU cooler or would it be OK without

AMD® ATHLON® 64BIT X2 3800 2 x 512K L2 Cache (939 pin)
Memory
2048 MB CORSAIR DDR400 PC3200 - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (2x1GB)
Motherboard
ASUS A8N-VM: DUAL DDR, SATA II, x16 slot, 2 PCI ETC
USB Options
SIX USB 2.0 PORTS (4 REAR + 2 FRONT)
Hard Drive
SATA II 250 GB HARD DISK @ 7200rpm 8mb cache
DVD ROM/Combi Drive
16X DVD ROM WITH 48X CD ROM
CD/DVD Writer
16x+ 8x+ dual layer 40+ CD-RW
Graphics Card 1
I'll buy my own as I want Radeon x1600XT
Sound Card
HIGH END ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL SOUND (RECOMMENDED)
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56K MODEM
Network Facilities
10/100 NETWORK CARD FOR BROADBAND - AS STANDARD
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1.44MB FLOPPY DISK DRIVE
Case
Stylish Silver/Black Sigma case + 2 front USB
Power Supply & Cooling
Standard 350W PSU + 80mm Fan (See Case Info)
Operating System required
MICROSOFT® WINDOWS® XP HOME (inc. Genuine CD & licence) (£59)

  FelixTCat 16:10 03 Aug 06

junipaire,

Without a cpu cooler you will fry that cpu in a minute or two.

Are you buying all the components separately? If so, you need the cooler. If you are choosing all the components from the pcspecialist.co.uk site, then you will need to specify a cooler. You might like to email them to ask whether their cpus come with a basic cooler and this is an option or whether you have to specify every part.

Regards,

Felix

  erkmatrix 16:18 03 Aug 06

cheers Felix I better ask them yes, I would pesume that they do come with a basic cooler or it would fry as you say, seems like I rushed in with this buy, people keep suggesting me change things, still its worth getting it right isn't it, I want it to last

  Pamy 16:22 03 Aug 06

the power supply fitted as standard will do. The Central Processor Unit will be fitted with a suitable heatsink and fan

  Pamy 16:29 03 Aug 06

further, ask what genuine CD and licence you are getting OEM or RETAIL

  Belatucadrus 16:34 03 Aug 06

"The Central Processor Unit will be fitted with a suitable heatsink and fan"

Only if they fit the retail CPU, if as is likely they use OEM packed CPUs, the cooler will need to be selected and specified. Be sure you know exactly what they're quoting for. Doing without one isn't an option.

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