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Hi...

I'm undecided on what to do. I'm building a new system and weighing the pros and cons of Custom water cooling or high-end air cooling.

How much lower will my temps be on a custom build water rig as opposed to a 120 extreme? I ask cause I will be putting out about $300.00 bucks for a water rig and I really don't want to if the differences are not much.

Thanks for answering
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Water cooling, when done properly, can provide temps far closer to ambient. I imagine that it could be as much as 15C different. It all depends on the system and ambients though. I've got my cpu and gpus water cooled and I am very happy with the temps.

$300 for a cpu and gpu loop would be stretching it, but would be more than enough for only the cpu.
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Yea it's only a cpu loop. I'm in West Palm Beach Florida and right about now the temp inside is 80 F.
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What are you planning on doing ? I am running a 2180 2ghz @ 3Ghz on the stock cooler . so its winter and my ambient is 70 F. in the summer im not gonna be worried about it overheating or anything. it idles at about 26 C. I dont want to see you just throw away money. Then again I dont know what you have in mind. My video card on the other hand i have seen go as high as 83 C thats the real issue
    
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Normally I tell people that the difference between water cooling and forced-air cooling is slightly more risk and a good few hundred dollars more for only an extra couple degrees celsius reduction...

However, considering your ambient temps are going to go from warm to hot++ over the next several months it might be worth it...if you plan on significant overclocking. If you don't really, honestly plan on overclocking the CPU/GPU than I'd just stick with forced-air cooling.
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I plan on overclocking a q6600 as far as I can =)
I'm just planning a cpu loop only. Not worried about cooling video.
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