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Air cooling a gaming PC in 2018 - is it still viable?

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I am a noob at building PCs. I've owned 2 PCs in my life so far, both built for me and both very mid-range.

In the process of researching parts for my new PC and basically i want to know - in 2018 is it viable (and more importantly, advisable) to build an air-cooled gaming PC?

I've read probably 70 threads/articles/pieces and 10 videos on the matter but I can't seem to get a definitive yes or no... 1337x KissAsian MangaStream

The question is meant to be a general question, but just to provide some context to my situation: I'm building a mid-ish range gaming PC. My biggest constraint is the price. I'm looking at a 1060 and a i5 8400 at the moment. The reason this is such a big factor to me is that I love the NZXT H440 look and would really like to get that case, but now I've been scared into thinking I'm going to fry my components if I try to air-cool only in that case?
 

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I would say a majority of people still us air cooling for their PCs. You have to get liquid coolers with larger radiators for them to noticeably outperform air coolers. Modern processors are all designed to slow down their processing if they get too hot, to prevent from frying. If your CPU comes with a cooler, start with that and see if your temperatures get too hot. Most likely, if you don't plan to overclock, you shouldn't need anything more.

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