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Build an Awesome PC, 2014 Edition by Mike Riley

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Installing the CPU-Cooling Unit

The heat generated by the i7-4770K (and most other modern-day PC CPUs) is intense. If you were to electrify your MOBO and touch the CPU while powering up, you would burn your finger within a few seconds of contact. In addition to damaging you, this heat will damage the CPU and MOBO. So it’s critical that we install a component to safely dissipate that heat.

Rather than go with a more expensive and advanced water-cooling option, I decided to keep things simple with this PC build by taking a more traditional fan-based cooling approach. While the fans can generate more noise than a water-cooled approach, they are far cheaper and consistently proven to adequately cool the CPU. If you have no plans for trying to ...

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