I also wanted to ask whether an after-market CPU Cooler is really necessary? I'm not overclocking and I've never used one and have only built rigs with AMD CPUs before. If you think it will be necessary, Even in the Antec case with 4 fans, which one do you guys recommend? I would be looking to hopefully snag one for around $30 but can go as high as $50. Oh, and by the way, a cooler that is super easy to install would be best. I don't want to take any chances. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
Necessary? I guess not, but if you get a good one, it will keep your CPU cooler, prolong its longevity, could be quieter and will allow your CPU to benefit from Turbo boost more often.
As for choices, the air-cooling CM Hyper 212 Evo
fits the lower end of your budget; it's highly respected on this board and is relatively easy to install. Personally, I like water cooled because they are generally quieter. In your price range, I would recommend the Corsair H50
. It's an older model, but very good and I found it easy to install on my build.
Hope this helps.