Do I need to buy a Heatsink?

By Mackio
Mar 31, 2009
  1. I'm building a computer and I am not sure if a heatsink is required. The case I'm getting has fans in it so my question is do I need to buy a heatsink separately?

    Case: Thermaltake Spedo Advance
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400


  2. gguerra

    gguerra TS Guru Posts: 319

    Most definitely you will need at least the stock CPU Fan/Heatsink. It will not run more than a couple of minutes without one. It is a good idea to also have additional cooling via the case fans and such. Remember unless you live in the far north the ambient temperature will also affect the system. Depending on how you buy the CPU (i.e. retail packaging) it may include the fan/heatsink. If not a decent one can be had for about $25 USD.
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