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System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2011: $600 Gaming PC

CPU And Cooler

Processor: Intel Core i5-2400

The success or failure of this rig falls upon one component: Intel's Core i5-2400.

This 32 nm, LGA 1155, Sandy Bridge-based chip, has four physical cores clocked at 3.1 GHz, one 256 KB L2 cache per core, and 6 MB of shared L3 cache. The second-generation Core i5 features Turbo Boost technology able to boost a single active core up to 3.4 GHz, but it lacks the Hyper-Threading capability available on the dual-core Core i3 and quad-core Core i7 models.

 

Read Customer Reviews of Intel's Core i5-2400

CPU Cooler: Intel Retail Boxed Heat Sink And Fan

The boxed cooler consists of a familiar orb-style aluminum heatsink fitted with a copper insert, a low 2000 RPM PWM-controlled fan, and a push-pin mounting bracket.