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June 3, 2014 4:23:11 AM

I'm using an Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor which is a few years old now but I still think its good enough to keep for a bit longer but my CPU cooler died today and my motherboard is also slowly dying so I thought I would update the 3 cheapest components and maybe get a new CPU later.

Would also like the CPU cooler to be pretty quite also.

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June 3, 2014 4:36:58 AM

Keep the 2500K by all means. It is still an excellent performer and IMHO, better than the Haswell and Ivy Bridge versions. Find a Z77 board, a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and some Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP RAM. I have this RAM and it is very, very good. Compatible with almost any cooler on the market.
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June 3, 2014 5:50:42 AM

dottorrent said:
Keep the 2500K by all means. It is still an excellent performer and IMHO, better than the Haswell and Ivy Bridge versions. Find a Z77 board, a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and some Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP RAM. I have this RAM and it is very, very good. Compatible with almost any cooler on the market.


+1 for this

I've also had great success with G.Skill RAM.

The Hyper 212 EVO has very flexible mounting hardware and can mount horizontally or vertically, and the fan can be mounted in push or pull. So RAM clearance will be a non issue. ;) 
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