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Do I need additional cooling for my computer?

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Hi everyone,

I'm new to these forums and am planning on building my first computer. I just had a question about whether or not you guys think I need to include additional cooling fans for this build?

CPU: AMD AM3 Phenom II x4 965 3.40 Ghz (C4T4)
Motherboard: ASUS M5A97-EVO (970/SB950 Chipset) AMD3+ Ready
RAM: Kingston 16G Kit (4Gx4)1333
HardDrive: WD Blue 1TB SATA3 32M 7200RPM
Op. Drive: SAMSUNG DVD-RW Dual Layer
Case: Antec 300
PSU: Antec EarthPower 750w
OS: Win7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Monitor: LG 20" E2060T-PN LED BackLight LCD Monitor

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Hi mitch0816, :)

I just had a question about whether or not you guys think I need to include additional cooling fans for this build?

Even though your selected case has good airflow, I would still install 1 front intake fan or, if you don't mind blue lights, go for the Three Hundred Illusion,


If this is a gaming rig? 16GB of RAM is overkill.
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Those top mounted "blow hole" fans work great! You may not need a front mounted fan, though I admit, I like having one as they ensure there is a lot of cool air moving across the hard drives. If only one HD, probably no problem. But when more than one HD, space can get cramped - not good when trying to avoid heat build up.

That said, if you do opt for a front mounted fan, get a quality fan with precision ball or fluid bearing to minimize noise.
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