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Old September 1, 2011, 10:43 AM
hal314 hal314 is offline
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If you aren't overclocking than the stock heat sink will work fine.

I'm running the i5 2500k on the stock heat sink, when I play games, it gets up to mid 50's, only gets into the 70's when I stress test it. (haven't done this too much)

If you want to overclock, but not extreme, then a much cheaper heat sink should do fine. I know the coolermaster 212 plus is popular, though I haven't used it.

edit: for the case, make sure that your video card will fit. The case manual should give a max video card size.

In terms of spending lots on parts: For the Case and PSU, those you can likely use on your next build as well, so it's likely worth spending the money to make sure you have really good ones. (This is obviously not a reason to spend extra on CPU GPU and mobo, you need other excuses for those. )
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