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Cooler for Core i5 processor with Intel board?

By hermtm2 ยท 11 replies
Oct 13, 2009
  1. Hello.

    I plan to build my own computer since the DELL gx280 have given hard time to me. The i5 process would like to be my system in this time. Here is the list what I estimate on ebay (mostly)

    CPU: Intel Core 2 q9400 - $190 OR i5 - $200
    CPU Fan: ???
    M/B: Asus P5KPL-CM - $60 OR Intel DP55WB - $100
    Ram: Kingston 4gb DDR2 800mhz - $60 OR DD3 -$70
    Video: ATI Radeon 4850 - $124
    HDD: Western Digital 500GB 32mb, 7200 rpm - $56
    DVD-RW: LG DVD-RW - $31
    CASE: standard ATX Tower with 500w power - $45

    I have no idea about a CPU cooler. What I heard that the CPU cooler should be different ones depends on the M/B and case.
    What kinds of cooler can I use for my system? Also how am I able to firgue that out?

  2. victorwatkins

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    I plan to build my own computer since the DELL gx280 have given hard time to me.

  3. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Hi hermtm2.

    What exactly is your budget for the build? It seems you're compromising on the motherboard. Also, what PSU are you planning to use? Knowing your budget we may be able to suggest a better alternative.

    You can take a look here for a list of HSFs that are compatible with the Core i5.
  4. hermtm2

    hermtm2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The budget will be $550 maxium. I already have a new ATX tower case with 500w power supply unite. This link will give the actual picture to you.

  5. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

  6. hermtm2

    hermtm2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

  7. Xecutor

    Xecutor TS Enthusiast Posts: 118

    The Core i5 is much faster, but usually when u get the i5, the mobo costs a lot. I think Ritwik can explain better :)
  8. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    The Core i5 is definitely better than the AMD X3 720. However, when you're looking to get an i5 system it makes sense to spend on a good motherboard. In your build, it seemed you were compromising on everything else barring the processor. The setup looked a little awkward. IMO, the specs I recommended would be a more balanced one and owing to a better graphics card, RAM and mobo might actually perform slightly better. Also, the X3 720 is a brilliant overclocker so you can get more performance out of it if you so wish.
  9. hermtm2

    hermtm2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The M/B for i5 is Intel DP55WB model. Isn't that enough to carry i5 process?
    I would like to buy a M/B from gigabye or Asus but intel is not that bad right?

  10. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    According to my knowledge the Intel motherboard will not allow you to overclock your CPU. Kind of pointless considering that the i5 750 is a gem of an overclocker. However, if you're insistent on your setup, then go ahead. Just remember that the RAM must be DDR3.

    You will also be sacrificing a little gaming performance with the HD 4850 compared to the HD 4870. (But for all purposes the HD 4850 is a very good card.) The setup I recommended should outperform your system in games.
  11. hermtm2

    hermtm2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What do you mean by the gem of overclocking? Is the i5 good at overclocking?
    Also what kind of cooler should I get for my system?

  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,760   +2,431

    With the exception of the "Bad Axe" 975 series boards (to my knowledge), Intel does not allow its BIOS to be overclocked. It is possible that their latest and most expensive "enthusiast" level boards may permit overclocking.

    More Importantly;
    To which you replied;
    Common English usage tells us that a "gem" is something of value, or something good to have, a prize possesion. This is contradicted by a sarcastic usage which sometimes carries an opposite connotation. For example, "he's a real gem", might carry the subtext signifying, "wow, that guy's a real a******".

    However, Ritwit is not capable of being that duplicitous. which leads me inexorably to the question, "what's the matter, can't you read"?
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