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I'm planning to assemble a small form-factor gaming rig. Since space is limited, I can't exactly run watercooling or anything huge like that, so I would prefer the cooler-running of these two chips:

AMD Phenom II 965 or Intel 2500 (not K!)

No overclocking will be done at ALL.
Performance aside, which would be the cooler-running of these two chips with the same exact heatsink?

And which generally runs cooler - AMD or Intel? I'm not trying to wage a fanboy war or anything, I was just curious.. don't say anything unless you have some sort of proof
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post #2 of 14
AMD's tend to run cooler.

However, I would probably go with an i3 personally since not many game utilise 4 cores. The i3 is like ice. lol

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I play GTA IV.
Aaaaand I want this rig to be somewhat future ready for upcoming games.

Dual core.. is a no-no.
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Well, the 2500 has less of a TDP, so it should be cooler. 125W (AMD) vs 95W (Intel).
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id say intel usually runs cooler due to less voltage.
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Well, the 2500 has less of a TDP, so it should be cooler. 125W (AMD) vs 95W (Intel).
makes sense.
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post #7 of 14
Not true,

You could have a look at http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...=6&subcat=1943

And it all depends if you've OC'ed it or not, If you're not overclocking then the Phenoms are cooler.
post #8 of 14
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However, I would probably go with an i3 personally since not many game utilise 4 cores. The i3 is like ice. lol
I second this. Since you're not buying a "K" CPU, an i3 is very sufficient. And yes they are like ice lol
    
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post #9 of 14
2500 has a higher TJmax than the phenom does so it will run warmer. But that being said the performance gain over the phenom will definitely be worth it.
 
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Check out the Sandy Bridge S series 2500S/2400S, 65W!
    
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