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I see two issues. First of all, the Corsair "CX" line is not good, especially in a gamer. They are made with inferior Samxon capacitors that can't take the heat and apparently fail early. It takes a rebate and a promo code, but I believe a Seasonic-built XFX 550W PSU is currently available for $27.
Second, you'll want an aftermarket cooler. For up to moderate overclocking, I recommend a 120mm direct-touch tower cooler other than the frequently-parroted Hyper212 EVO. It's not that the CM is a bad cooler (it isn't), but competitors like NZXT, Enermax, and even Logisys offer similar product that perform within 1C-2C (either way, depending on the fan used) for $5-$10 less, making the EVO a bang/buck Loser.
 

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That is an Intel board though and would require me to choose another CPU. Which similarly priced Intel CPU is good? Anyone have a preferred CPU/mobo combination?
 

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You can get an Intel Core i5-4430 for the same price.

It's not that the CM is a bad cooler (it isn't), but competitors like NZXT, Enermax, and even Logisys offer similar product that perform within 1C-2C (either way, depending on the fan used) for $5-$10 less, making the EVO a bang/buck Loser.
So, what coolers are better then 212 EVO, at the same price? I always though it was the best for performance/money!
 

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I didn't say "better," I said "similar," for a lower price. NZXT, Enermax, and Logisys all have 120mm tower coolers that have tested within 1C-3C of the Hyper EVO; I've seen different results from different testers as far as which was "better," but it was always close enough to not matter as much as the $10 price difference. I myself bought a pair of Xigmatek Gaias for $20 each back when the Hyper EVO was $30-$35, and the reviews I read identified the Gaia as the better cooler. That's probably why its price got jacked, now at or even slightly above the EVO (so I don't recommend it any more). Once again, my point was never that the Hyper212 EVO is bad, but that its competitors offer better bang/buck.
 

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