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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W BX80623I52500K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It just flat out gets the job done and then some

Cons: None, of all the modern generations of intel i core processors its the most balanced and its durable .

Other Thoughts: Well i'm not doing in superhardcore overclocking on mine , i use a mid level ATX asus P8Z77-V LX Motherboard so i figured a flat 4.0GHZ with a hyper 212 evo cooler and this thing should last a real long time. well at 4.0GHZ it screams i can only imagine what i could push it too. And memory utilization this thing is a beast. I currently run Gskillz ripjaws 2133 4x4 16 gb of ram in the system and it loves the ram and based on the synthetic benchmarks ive done on it utilizes the ram fully . I like many chose the sweet spot setup for the build i bought a $187 at the time 2GB EVGA sc GTX 660 graphics card. I went on newegg found a intel cherryville 520 64 gb sata III ssd refurbed for 90 dollars. Bought one of those 600GB sata III velociraptors to pair with the ssd and use as primary storage drive. I did make sure i bought i good dependable power supply for the system i still got a good deal on it to. Bought a M2II seasonic 750 watt bronze PSU , Payed about 79 dollars after rebates on it. I ran passmark 8 benchmark on the system WOW for $1050 rig i could not be more impressed , Solid middle tier system i know some of those top system people have like 7-8K in those systems and to know that for 1/8th that i'm 55% of the best system thats been benched on the site top build system rank was 8236 , mine came in at 4474. This 2500k is a Gem Intel comes out with these , their legacy standouts . I remember the old e8400 dual core how well its held the test of time , its still a viable option for a lot of people, and i still play one with in a old overhauled rig i have. The Q6600 , wow just get it close to 3ghz and its still a good little powerhoouse and we're talking 8 year old tech. When intel came out with the core architecture in late 2005 early 2006 they found the tech to leave amd in the dust. Now granted i have some amd builds as well , but their Phenoms , the phenoms are the only amd cpus past present and future that i will acknowledge and play with. But to get back to the point i was going to make The Sandy bridge i5 CPUs are one of those we'll look back as a Gem and should keep a long term value

ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB 950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works fine with the combination i'm using in it

Cons: no stand out cons so far but ive not had it a year yet

Other Thoughts: i do have it paired with some old and new stuff and i'm using windows 7 Professional and not 8 or 8.1 so far no problems
heres my rig
-Amd Phenom II x6 1090T six core oc'd 3.6GHZ (true 6 core unlike those flaky FX chips)
-Asus M5A97 R2.0 motherboard
- EVGA Nvidia GTX 650 ti boost 2 gb 192bit Gddr5 graphics card
-OCZ agility 3 60gb sata III ssd boot drive
-western digital 600GB velociraptor sata III HDD storage drive
-Seasonic M2II 80 plus bronze 750 watt PSU
-Windows 7 professional 64 bit
-Crucial Ballistix LP 16GB ddr3 pc12800 Ram
-Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

Passmark 8 system mark was around 2900
6600 cpu, 3700 gpu, 1300 mem, 2800 HD

Not to bad i'm pleased with the results its my backup Gaming system to my i5 2500K system which score 4470 on passmark on system rating

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs No need for water cooling risks 08/20/2013

This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan

Pros: Wow it cools amazingly well
my i5 2500k ocd at 4 GHZ runs 27c idle 45c full load
my phenom II x6 1090T ocd at 3.6 GHZ 32c idle 50c full load

Cons: its a bit big and might require the purchase of low profile ram
other than that this thing has no cons whatsoever

Other Thoughts: as i listed in the pros section this thing is remarkable and excellent at cooling my hard to cool cpus espcially that phenom II x6 1090T i was shocked at that one more than the i5 2500k my phenom was running up to 67c playing metro dark light before and now it don't go above 50c , i was using a evercool transformer 4 which gave top reviews on it but wow it sucked at cooling the phenom II x6 , but this hyper 212 evo does excellent 50c tops for that cpu is not bad at all i wish i bought these to begin with i would have saved a lot of money anytime i ever build a system that has a hotheaded cpu i will alway try to find this cpu cooler the hyper 212 evo as my source to cool it A+++++ i bet it does wonders also on the phenom II x4 965 my buddy bought one for it and he claims it never gets above the low 40s while gaming WOW this cooler rocks


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Display Name: Matt H.

Date Joined: 02/19/09


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  • First Review: 02/24/09
  • Last Review: 05/14/16
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