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April 5, 2012 1:17:45 AM

I have a AMD FX 8120 and i have a cooler master 212 plus and i was wondering if it would be better to overclock with the cooler master or to buy a water cooling like the H70

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a c 205 K Overclocking
April 5, 2012 1:22:24 AM

If you consider the H70 watercooling, I would stick with the 212 and save your cash,
:-)
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a c 153 K Overclocking
April 5, 2012 1:23:35 AM

Budget? I would not get any of the Corsair Hydro series. How about the XSPC Rasa Rx120 Water cooling kit? If you have a small budget, get the 212+ and later on switch over to a custom watercooling setup and begin your overclocking adventure!
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a c 451 K Overclocking
April 5, 2012 1:26:56 AM

No real point in an XSPC kit that is a 120 unless you are seriously cramped on space. XSPC 240 or bigger rad is really where you'd want to start. Most current-gen CPUs don't require watercooling unless you are really pushing the very high end of overclocking. Otherwise, moderate OC or stock speeds- stick with a good air cooler.

The 212+ is a great cooler for the money for just about any recent CPU socket.
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April 5, 2012 1:30:09 AM

i would have around $100 and i have a cooler master haf 912 case
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a c 153 K Overclocking
April 5, 2012 1:32:23 AM

Start with the hyper 212+, Then move over to an xspc rx240 kit! :)  Sort of what I am going to do, because I also own that case...
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April 5, 2012 1:45:13 AM

Do you think that will be good for overclocking my amd fx 8120?
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a b K Overclocking
April 5, 2012 1:45:16 AM

Ihave the HAF 912 ,960t unlocked to 6 core@3.4 and the 212 EVO model. Bought a 4 pack of the CM120 fans to match and fill the extra fan mounts.Pretty Quiet when folding on the CPU@100% and the GTX460 folding @100%.
Highest temps I've seen so far is 54c on the CPU and 74c on the GPU.
Stick with the 212 and add another fan for push/pull if you need a few more degrees drop in temperatures.
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a b K Overclocking
April 5, 2012 2:30:27 AM

Id say h100 then evo for cooling quality. The evo is an improved 212+ that is roughly 6c cooler and the h100 is better for pre-built wc. A good custom kit will be at least $150.

The evo should be able to keep the cpu around 55c fairly easy unless you go overboard with the voltage. The + could come close with a second fan
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a c 451 K Overclocking
April 5, 2012 2:41:28 AM

You are also talking a very wide cost margin for fairly minimal gains.

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A good custom kit will be at least $150.


For custom, this is being pretty frugal and almost impossible unless you are buying closeout or used. Good kits will run you between $130-$190 for the XSPC kits with the X20 pump (standard kit), and now even above $200 with the newer XSPC kits with the D5 and now DDC pump upgrade options.

Really hard to beat a beginner kit from XSPC w/good pump or Swiftech Edge/Drive/Ultima kits for the money in most instances. However, you are also talking $200+ in this case and this rivals what you could build a very comparable custom loop for.

For less than $125...stick with a great air cooler, unless you want a Corsair/Antec LCS just to say you have 'liquid cooling'. I still will strongly debate that modern CPUs really need watercooling until you get into the high levels of overclocking...the rest is just overkill. That being said, I firmly embrace overkill.

However, if you are seriously budget-minded and looking for the best bang for your buck- I strongly urge you to consider good air coolers before convincing yourself a Corsair H-Series or Antec Kuhler series will make any significant difference other than social status.
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a c 153 K Overclocking
April 5, 2012 2:46:04 AM

I am going to drop 300-500 on watercooling in the future :S
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a c 451 K Overclocking
April 5, 2012 2:55:57 AM

I can't even imagine what I have spent over the past 9+ years on watercooling-related gear.

It's a great hobby, and like most great hobbies...it isn't cheap.
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a c 205 K Overclocking
April 5, 2012 3:01:09 AM

First W/c build last year, waterparts so far have cost £350, two T-Virus resses and an RX240 kit plus some black tubing,
Current project additions estimated to be £450 for external radbox to put gfx cards into the loop,
Moto
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a c 153 K Overclocking
April 5, 2012 3:10:31 AM

rubix_1011 said:
I can't even imagine what I have spent over the past 9+ years on watercooling-related gear.

It's a great hobby, and like most great hobbies...it isn't cheap.

All hobbies have a cheap side and an expensive side.

For example:
I am into yoyo'ing I have a variety of yoyo's 10-15. Each one costs $30-$125, especially when you think yoyo's are so cheap...but they aren't! ;) 
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a c 205 K Overclocking
April 5, 2012 4:50:02 AM

Now we know why you can't afford to go wet lol, you spent your budget on a philipino jungle weapon :-)
Do you have the Pog special edition one?
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a b K Overclocking
April 5, 2012 5:19:17 AM

I have a XSPC 750 RS240 cooling my FX-8120 and it is doing a great job. Even with 4 fans in a push/pull my rig is still quieter than when the stock fan would ramp up. I average 25c idle and 35c full load at 4ghz with a 20x multiplier and no voltage overclock. For me it was the best way to go at $129.00 plus the coolant it was not a lot more than the closed loop kits and I can expand it were as the closed loops you cant.
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a c 205 K Overclocking
April 5, 2012 6:08:48 AM

bryonhowley said:
I have a XSPC 750 RS240 cooling my FX-8120 and it is doing a great job. Even with 4 fans in a push/pull my rig is still quieter than when the stock fan would ramp up. I average 25c idle and 35c full load at 4ghz with a 20x multiplier and no voltage overclock. For me it was the best way to go at $129.00 plus the coolant it was not a lot more than the closed loop kits and I can expand it were as the closed loops you cant.


Nice to hear you're happy with the Rs kit, although I tend to suggest the Rx and Ex over that series now as they both perform better and if you don't have space for the RX, the Ex is the same thickness as the Rs,
@Muffin, damn.... :) 
Moto
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a c 153 K Overclocking
April 5, 2012 6:09:19 AM

Motopsychojdn said:
Nice to hear you're happy with the Rs kit, although I tend to suggest the Rx and Ex over that series now as they both perform better and if you don't have space for the RX, the Ex is the same thickness as the Rs,
Moto

Ex has more fpi I believe?
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a c 205 K Overclocking
April 5, 2012 6:19:15 AM

Yup, can't find numbers on my phone (I know Rx is 8fpi) but higher fpi of course means faster/potentially louder fans to match performance, the RX is the flagship, but for those who have space issues/Cba modding, Ex is a clear winner over Rs in my book
**Edit, EX series is 19Fpi according to http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1401&page=4
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a b K Overclocking
April 5, 2012 6:27:07 AM

get 212 EVO but if you can afford then get a prolimatech mgeahalems rev.c and put two high performance silent fans(cougar or noctua).this will provide great cooling without being huge like D14 or phentek.
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