Happy New Year everyone. This year I am getting back to desktops ( and overclocking ) after almost 8 years now and I'm struggling to keep my FX 8120 cool (or overclock) using a Hyper 212 EVO (stock fan at FULL speed) with the MX-2 thermal compound. I have tried different application methods and even idle temps are high ranging from 31c at stock to 36c when partially overclocked. Taking into account the 61c recommended limit on the FX series, the temperatures get high at load using IntelBurnTest Standard x 20: Stock 3.1ghz @ Load: 55.5c with case closed. Stock 3.1ghz @ Load: 53.5 with case open. The above is recorded using Open Hardware Monitor and ASRock utility with an ambient temperature of 24c. Spread Spectrum, Turbo, AMD Application Power Management, Cool 'n' Quiet, C1E, Core C6 Mode and CPU Thermal Throttle were Disabled. CPU Voltage 1.1750 CPU NB Voltage1.1750 DRAM Voltage 1.500 NB Voltage 1.110 HT Voltage 1.210 Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1866MHz CL9 As you can see, I have little room to overclock. Bumping the CPU Voltage to 1.2875, CPU NB Voltage to 1.2, DRAM Voltage to 1.53, Multiplier to 17.5 and CPU Frequency to 205 yields a load temperature of 56.5c (Case Open) @ 3.588ghz. I am getting these temps after running IntelBurnTest only for a few minutes. If I try to go for any higher clocks I am easily hitting 60c. I am using a Define R4 case with Silent Series R2 140mm case fans. Intake: 2 front and 1 bottom. Exhaust: 1 rear. Trying to go for positive pressure silent cooling. As I see it I have a three options here: #1 Buy an additional (similar as stock) fan for Hyper 212 EVO #2 Get two new fans and replace the stock fan on Hyper 212 EVO. #3 Return recently bought Hyper 212 and go for the closed-loop cooling. Couple deals I found : a ) Antec Kuhler H2O 920 on Sale for $75 CAD @ NCIX b) Corsair H60 2013 Edition Refurbished for $60 CAD @ NCIX c) Cooler Master Seidon 120M $60 CAD @ NCIX d) Corsair H70 Core Edition for $50 CAD @ Canadacomputers + 1 or 2 Additional Fans. I am planning on upgrading to Haswell, a month or two after it launches so if I do spend money on water-cooling I would like to use it for the new build as well. Silent and positive pressure cooling is important. What do you guys think ? Option #1 #2 or #3. If #3 than any suggestions for a cooler?