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CPU And Cooler

System Builder Marathon: $625 Gaming PC

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E7300

Read Customer Reviews of Intel’s Pentium E7300

A few readers mentioned they wanted to see a bit more CPU power put into last month's system, and while the E8x00 series was out of reach, the Core 2 Duo E7300 was not. Clocked at 2.66 GHz, this 45 nm Wolfdale has 3 MB of L2 cache and runs at a 1,066 MHz FSB. It is worth mentioning that the Pentium dual-core E5200 is also a 45 nm Wolfdale, but is clocked at 2.5 GHz, has 2 MB L2 cache, and runs on an 800 MHz bus.

CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro

The Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro was again the go-to air cooler after proving capable of allowing the E5200 to be pushed beyond 4.0 GHz last month. This Intel-only cooler has copper heatpipes and a PWM-variable-speed 92 mm fan that directs the CPU heat directly towards the case's exhaust fan in the back.

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