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Hey, i know theres a lot of talk about air vs water here and i was just wondering on a bit of advice on what to go for in my current system as im a bit new to properly tinkering and Oc'ing.

Basically i have a CM HAF912Plus which i know will fit a pretty big air cooler so im about to order a CM Hyper 212 EVO as it has pretty decent reviews and my budget is £50 or less wink.gif I ideally want something that'll stand a little overclocking and the trouble i get atm is that the stock cooler is so bad it makes my stock cpu shut down when i play any games (great gaming computer, cheers Mesh).

Any ideas?

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i have an FX-8120 as well, on air @ 4.5ghz. i was able to reach this frequency with a good cooler and good fans.
the 212 is more than enough to cool your cpu.
getting a second fan for push/pull or upgrading to higher cfm fans is also something you might consider.

closed loop water systems do a great job of cooling bulldozer cpus, something like the antec kuhler 920 is good but may be out of your budget.

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It's interesting that the stock cooler still lets your computer reach the shutdown point during gaming. Have you OC'ed already or are you running at stock?

Water cooling is a lot more expensive than air. One of the lowest cost water coolers that still performs reasonably well is the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer. It isn't an amazing cooler, but it does a good job and is fairly quiet. It'll probably do at least a good of a job as the Hyper 212. That said, if you're £50 is a hard limit, then you can't go wrong with the Hyper 212 EVO that you were looking at already.
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Thanks for the input and the welcome smile.gif i'll try and contribute aswell as ask biggrin.gif

At the moment in my haf912 this is the fan setup:
Front: Intake = 200mm CM Mega
Top: Exhaust = 200mm CM Mega
Side: Intake = 120mm AC F12
Rear: Exhaust = 120mm AC F12

I read the CM Megaflow get around 100cfm and are quieter because of the larger size, im just concered that the fans arent going to be must use if the cpu cooler isnt very good itself? The budget is solid im afraid but knowing me i'll probably refit in 6-9months anyway wink.gif

It isn't OC'ed at the moment no, but i've noticed that if turbo core is off, the system immeadiatly cools right down and likewise if it's kept on permanently. I guess it could be the fitting of the cooler but i'd like to change to the CM 212 anyhow smile.gif

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your case fans are good. you've got plenty of air flow in your case.
i was referencing the fans that came with the cpu cooler, they are adequate for cooling your cpu. overclocks aren't guaranteed but you should at least be able to handle stock rolleyes.gif

if you want cooler temperatures with a CM 212 consider adding a second fan for push/pull or replace the fans with better performing ones.
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Awesome, i'll dig my old CM Sickleflow out to fit onto the new cooler when it comes biggrin.gif

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