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Question about i5-3550

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2 years ago#1
I'm building a PC for my friend, who is a complete novice when it comes to these things, so I figured a 3550 is good enough. That being said, I have no idea about the non-K series CPUs and I've never used the intel stock coolers. Is the stock cooler enough for 3550? Is there a Haswell variant of the CPU that's better?
2 years ago#2
Looking at newegg, the i5 3550 is more expensive than the i5 4570.

The stock cooler should be enough, but you could get a decent aftermarket cooler that's not too expensive
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2 years ago#3
Yeah, get the i5 4570. No reason to go Ivy Bridge now that Haswell is out. Also, the stock cooler will be just fine since you're not overclocking.
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2 years ago#4
The stock cooler supplied with the retail versions is fine for any non-K i5. I've used the stock cooler that came with my i5-2500 for the last two years without any problems.
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