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Is it better to run water or air during summer when you have to air conditioner?

If I remember correctly with water the idle temps are high because the water stays warm.

I just got a 8120 and at idle I am at 47C with a H50 w/ a ultra kaze and kaze jynun (110cfm). Gaming at stock speeds I get to 53/55C.

Whats the best way to cool this on a budget? The last time I cleaned my case out I took all of my 120's out and put in 200mm. Do 120mm make much of a difference, I don't remember. LOL.
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mobo temp 38C
CPU temp 47C
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Either water or air will work fine year round. Obviously if you didn't have air-conditioning then both systems would struggle with high temps because AIR is use to cool the HSF or the water via the radiator in a liquid system.

The H50 is a pretty mediocre cooler so it would not take much of a HSF to get lower temps. There are many good HSFs to chose from. Make sure that you have sufficient PC case and RAM clearance before purchase.

FWIW, 55C under good load is not an issue as 61C is the Max 24/7 CPU temp for an FX-8120.

http://products.amd.com/en-us/DesktopCPUDetail.aspx?id=771&f1=&f2=&f3=&f4=&f5=&f6=&f7=&f8=&f9=&f10=&f11=&f12=

http://www.overclock.net/t/1242753/overclocking-my-8120-need-cooling-advice

http://www.overclock.net/t/1221186/best-cpu-heatsink-for-fx8120

http://www.overclock.net/t/1249998/best-possible-cpu-fan-for-under-60

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2588&page=4

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2564
 
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