73 months ago
I just wanted to know if a CPU cooler was necessary? I have no intentions of trying to overclock it.
Definitely no need for an aftermarket cpu cooler, the one that comes with it will do just fine.
No, an aftermarket one is not necessary, however it will give better performance along with being quieter. That said, if you're not planning on overclocking (you can't anyways) and aren't worried about the noise, just use the stock one
Can't overclock that CPU anyhow, and normally people would be asking why the Z77 board but at that price, why not?
For people who use the integrated graphics, I say it's worth getting a cheap aftermarket cooler which is still better than stock, simply for the same reason cooperred mentioned, being cooler and quieter than stock, but you have a dedicated card so you're putting less work on the CPU.
I can't believe this isn't mentioned yet - that's a Sandy Bridge processor. Although while it's certainly not weak, it's not as powerful as Ivy Bridge or Haswell. Since you're looking at the Z77 chipset, why not go with the i3 3220?