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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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.
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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Thank you guys. Looks like i will be sticking with the stock cooler then.