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CPU And Cooler

System Builder Marathon: $625 Gaming PC

Processor : Intel Pentium E5200

Increasing the budget meant we could set our aim higher than we did with last month’s Pentium E2180. The $84 Pentium E5200 was chosen with high hopes for its potential overclocking headroom.

It is a 2.5 GHz, dual-core, 45 nm Wolfdale with 2 MB L2 cache. But once again, our plans were not to keep it running at stock speeds for very long. Many readers may have wanted to squeeze the Core 2 Duo E7200 into this rig, but with quite a jump in price that’d push us further off budget, the E5200 with its higher multiplier was our processor of choice for this month’s value gaming rig.

CPU Cooler : Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro

This month, we strayed from our trusty Cooler Master Hyper TX2 and decided to use the extremely popular Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro to air cool our E5200. Both share a similar design with copper heatpipes and a 92 mm fan that directs air out toward the cases’ rear exhaust fan. The Freezer 7 Pro is just a bit larger and heavier, has a PWM controlled variable speed fan instead of a fixed fan speed, and has a slightly higher air flow at maximum RPMs. One advantage we gave up is how the Hyper TX2 has mounting hardware for cooling both an AMD and Intel system, while the Freezer 7 Pro is an Intel cooler and an AMD build would thus need to use the Freezer 64 Pro instead.

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