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Good aftermarket i3 cooler

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January 17, 2012 4:13:11 AM

I am planing a build for a mid-rang gaming computer based on an Intel i3-2100 and an AMD 6790. It won't be used for anything very demanding, the most it may see is BFBC2. I am wondering what a good cooler for the i3 would be. I don't normally pick out coolers for lower end processors because I usually just use the stock cooler. I don't want to get one that's just over kill. The case I will be using is the XCLIO Nighthawk. Any suggestions are appreciated and the cheaper it is always helps. Thank you.
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January 17, 2012 4:22:33 AM

I really don't think you will need an aftermarket cooler for an I3. I have an I5 2400 with a stock cooler and it rarelely goes above 40C.
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January 17, 2012 6:13:54 AM

Honestly, you don't need one ;P
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January 17, 2012 3:47:30 PM

+1 DelroyMonjo
+1 amuffin
+1 davcon

Unless this system is in an environment that has poor air flow, is unusually hot, or you need an extremely quite system you really don't need a 3rd party HSF (heatsink/fan). The stock HSF is designed to fit the normal cooling needs of this processor including gaming.

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January 18, 2012 8:10:49 AM

Thank you guys. Looks like i will be sticking with the stock cooler then. :) 
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January 18, 2012 8:15:02 AM

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