I3 overheating advice

Hi,

I am planning on building my new gaming pc soon and I am wondering whether the CPU will overheat while playing BF3, CRYSIS etc.

System specs:

i3 3220

pny gtx 660

8gb 1600mhz ram

550w psu

CASE : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aerocool-Strike-X-Advance-Tower-Gaming/dp/B00606NAXW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355584099&sr=8-1

Any recommendations on a better case but for around the same price?

UK only please!

THANKS in advance :), Flux
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  1. If your going to play BF3 I would at least get a quad core. You should look into the FX 6300 around the same price as the i3 3220, simlilar single thread performance but destroys it in multi threaded which is what you need for BF3 multiplayer. Plus you can overclock and you will be able to upgrade to steamroller in the future. I'm not sure why people even consider the i3 other than power consumption 55W i3 vs 95W 6300 which is a mere 40W difference, just turn off a light in the house and your saving more.
  2. As for your over heat concern, the answer is NO. If you use minimally the stock cooler, you'll be fine. Ivy Bridge CPUs have a fairly high max temperature. The stock cooler is quite sufficient, and seeing as you are in the UK, where it is not Sahara-hot, you'll be fine.
  3. sheepsnowadays said:
    If your going to play BF3 I would at least get a quad core. You should look into the FX 6300 around the same price as the i3 3220, simlilar single thread performance but destroys it in multi threaded which is what you need for BF3 multiplayer. Plus you can overclock and you will be able to upgrade to steamroller in the future. I'm not sure why people even consider the i3 other than power consumption 55W i3 vs 95W 6300 which is a mere 40W difference, just turn off a light in the house and your saving more.


    Thanks for your reply!

    i chose the i3 as I thought i could upgrade to an i5/ i7 later down the road, also where I live the 6300 isnt availible :(
  4. Maxx_Power said:
    As for your over heat concern, the answer is NO. If you use minimally the stock cooler, you'll be fine. Ivy Bridge CPUs have a fairly high max temperature. The stock cooler is quite sufficient, and seeing as you are in the UK, where it is not Sahara-hot, you'll be fine.


    Ok thanks man :)
  5. zenflux said:
    Ok thanks man :)


    No problem! Cheers.
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