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Building a MicroATX system, need cpu cooler advice and build opinion.

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June 9, 2012 12:36:05 PM

Hi all,

I'm currently living in Japan and will be buying most of these components from a Japanese store so apologies for the lack of links and/or prices. I'm hoping someone can recommend a suitable cooler that will allow me to reach 4ghz but also fit within the confines of a mATX case on this motherboard.

Any opinions on the combination of parts are also welcome. I haven't built a pc for about 7 years and my last one was an Athlon X2 system during uni so I am pretty out of touch.

I'm also worried about RAM, mainly if vengeance heatspreaders will fit or if I need low profile stuff? Thanks.

CPU - i5-2500k 16,968
Motherboard - ASUS P8Z68-M PRO 7,980
Case - Silverstone SST-TJ08B-E mATX 7,910
RAM - Corsair 4gb x2 (Vengeance?) 4,392
Graphics - GTX 560Ti 17,000
PSU - ANTEC Earthwatts EA-650 5,700
Hard Drive - ??
Cooler - ??

Total 59,950

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next week

Budget Range: 50-65,000 Yen

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing, Movies, Music

Parts Not Required: Speakers, Monitor, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: Japan

Parts Preferences: i2500k build for future proofing/overclockability

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
June 9, 2012 6:16:07 PM

Seems good. Get a Hyper 212 EVO cooler and a 120 GB SSD to finish it off IMO.
February 2, 2013 9:10:32 AM

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm) didn't fit in my micro atx rig:

Cooler Master Elite 342 Black Micro-ATX Case
Asus P8Z77-M Intel Z77 Socket 1155 Ivybridge Ready Motherboard
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandy Bridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor

Couldn't put the side panel on because it was too tall. Just had to return it :-(