“We will be doing a featured build around the new Clarkdale i5 – 661 CPU from Intel. I decided to go with the Cooler Master CM 690 II for the chassis of choice for this new build. The reason being is that the Clarkdale chips are great for media and Gaming and I figured the black with blue LED that the Cooler Master CM 690 II sports is a great choice. Not only do you get a sleek looking gaming rig but with a flip of the switch you get a beautiful media case without the bright blue LED’s.”
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- How to Build a Nettop (for Under $500) @ ExtremeTech
- Intel Pine Trail Explored with ASUS Eee PC 1005PE @ Hardware Zone
- The Origin of Speed: Origin’s Genesis Desktop Reviewed @ HotHardware
The birth of a Core i5 system
Source: Overclockers HQ
Join OverclockersHQ as they take you through a detailed example of a Core i5 based system. As opposed to pages of benchmarks they start with a step through of every component of the build, its features and the reasons they picked it. They start with the case, as it is important to make sure all of your components will fit and be comfortable inside. The next portion covers the motherboard as well as the RAM choice and the most recent features a rather large cooler that implies some overclocking in the future for some poor unsuspecting CPU.