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CPU And Cooler

System Builder Marathon, May '09: $600 Gaming PC
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Processor: Intel Pentium E5200

This dual-core 45 nm Wolfdale is clocked at 2.5 GHz with 2 MB L2 cache and runs on an 800 MHz front side bus (FSB). While not very impressive at stock speeds, the E5200’s real value comes from the overclocked performance hidden within.

Read Customer Reviews of Intel's Pentium E5200


While we would surely fall far short of 4.0 GHz this month, the E5200 still offers the benefits of a high multiplier, low-power consumption, and low heat output, all at a price that fits well within our budget. 

CPU Cooler: Intel Boxed Cooler

There isn’t much to say about the low-profile all-aluminum boxed cooler except we knew right off the bat that it would probably cap useable CPU voltages to around 1.25 V. Its biggest benefit in our build, besides price, was that its low-profile design kept plenty of clearance between it and the power supply's exhaust fan, which probably prevented it from competing for the same intake air.   

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