Stock cooler for i5 2500 or buy one??

I bought a i5 2500 wit a Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3.g and 8GB of ram. (if you need all components i post it)

From what I read here and here the opinions are divided but most considered the sock fan a good option for normal use but i doubt even.

I will use it for:

- work with 2-3 virtual machines and a core per machine.
- Web programing
- Play Battlefield for free, Battlefield 3, WoW, counter strike (yes i'm a nostalgic)

i wont overclock it, may be in the future i buy another cpu and learn how to but im not really interesting now.

If stock cooler is not enougth what cooler buy??

All speak well about Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus but i see very heavy with 465g. My other option is COOLERMASTER GEMINII M4*
that is lighter with 289g and less bulky. Anyway i like to keep all my ram slots free for use. I think too in water but is too expensive for me at this moment.

thanks a lot.

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  1. if you are not ocing (which you won't be) then there's no need
  2. The stock HSF (heatsink/fan) will work fine under normal running conditions with the Intel® Core™ i7-2600 unless you are running in a hot environment. As a matter of fact you can get away with the stock cooler with a light overclock up to around 4GHz with the Intel Core i7-2600K. Now if you want to replace the stock HSF with an after market cooler you can use the any of them out there. I personally have the Cooler Master Hyper 212 + and it works well but you need to make sure that you dont have memory that has large heat spreaders on them as the bottom of the front fan sits 1.8" over the board and you can run into some problems with some of the performance RAM out on the market because of the heat spreader stick up to high. There is no reason to go to water unless you need a quiet PC.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
  3. i dont know if is the same cooler for all i5-i7 cores. Then i feel more relaxer.
    The ram stiks is Kingston HyperX Blu 1600 that is low profile and cheap too.

    I will keep the stock cooler and look for Corsair H60 when i sure it works for long time. Anyway Coolermaster is not too much weight for the motherboard?? I worry that the motherboard bends and breaks something

    Thanks for the fast answers, i'm learning a lot here and improved my English above
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