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December 26, 2012 6:00:44 PM

So I'm building a gaming pc for the first time and was worried that the stock fan that comes with the i5-3470 would not be good enough.

I do not plan on overclocking, since I don't think it can be done with that cpu anyway, but I will be running games like Skyrim on ultra high settings (I've got a gtx 460 right now, but I'll be upgrading in the future to a 660 or higher.)

My case is a COOLER MASTER RC-692A-KKN5 and I plan on using all the fan slots available. Unless I don't need to?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If i do have to get an aftermarket cooler which one of these is better:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 26, 2012 6:15:40 PM

Hyper 212+ or Hyper 212 Evo will be good enough
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December 26, 2012 6:21:07 PM

Though you dont 'need' aftermarket cooling, you will be saving youself some noise. The stock fan gets pretty loud at full speed.

Also, your chip can be overclocked, Its not an unlocked chip but intel still allows you to up the multiplier 3 or 4 steps (i forget which) and then you'll really be thankful for the 212.
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December 26, 2012 11:54:49 PM

its a tight fit but the 212 does fit. You wont be able to use a sidefan anymore though.
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December 27, 2012 3:17:53 AM

popatim said:
its a tight fit but the 212 does fit. You wont be able to use a sidefan anymore though.


So if I use the 212, I can't use the side fan... I guess it wouldn't affect it to badly to not have the side fan since I'm essentially swapping it out for a better CPU cooler.

So should I just go ahead and use the 212 and no sidefan? That would keep it cooler when compared to using the stock CPU cooler with a side fan right?
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January 3, 2013 3:54:10 AM

Best answer selected by smoats.
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