What Is a Good CPU Liquid Cooler? Corsair or NZXT?

Hello,

So I was just curious on what would be the best Liquid CPU Cooler to upgrade too. I was debating between Corsair and NZXT. I've heard more good reviews on Corsair's but nothing on NZXT. If anyone could point me in the right direction that would be awesome!

Here is my starting Build:

CPU: Intel i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core ($316.17 @ Newegg)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Newegg)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 - 1600 Memory ($114.22 @ Amazon)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.61 @ Newegg)

Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($510.10 @ Newegg)

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply ($169.99 @ Newegg)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Mouse (START & CHEAP): Microsoft SideWinder X3 Mouse ($20.00 @ Amazon)

Keyboard (START): Home PC Keyboard

Monitor: ASUS VN247H-P 24-Inch LED-Lit Monitor ($189.00 @Amazon)

Optical Drive: AsusDRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96 @ OutletPC)

Thermal Compound: ARCTIC MX-4 (4g) Carbon-Based Thermal Compound, Non-Electricity Conductive, Non-Capacitive ($9.99 @ Newegg)

Wireless Adapter: ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express 300/300Mbps Transfer/Receive Rate 64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPS support ($26.99 @ Newegg)

Case Fans: Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition 63.5 CFM 120mm ($14.99 @ Amazon)

Case Fans: Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition (2-Pack) 63.5 CFM 120mm ($26.98 @ OutletPC)

TOTAL (ESTIMATE): $1,734.04

Here are my plans on upgrading (besides the cooler, obviously):

5) Monitor Upgrade (Buy 2 More): Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($157.58 @ Newegg)

3) Mouse Upgrade: Razer Mamba ($129.99 @ Razer Website)

2) Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Stealth 2013 ($139.99 @ Razer Website)

6) Headset: Astro A50 ($299.99 @ AstroGaming)

1) Webcam: Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 ($69.99 @ Amazon)

4) Graphics Card: Add a 2nd NVIDIA 680 4GB

So hopefully with all the specs and upgrades listed it gives you an idea. I do plan on OC my CPU to 4.0GHz.

Thanks for any help!
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  1. I don't see the point to the self contained liquid coolers. They marginally exceed the better air coolers, but at increased noise. To my mind the risk of a leak outweighs the minimal thermal advantage. I'd grab one of the top 3 here:

    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/phanteks_ph_tc14pe_cpu_cooler_review,14.html
  2. http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cases_cooling/corsair_vs_nzxt_battle_of_the_aio_watercoolers/1

    Review of all of them together including the NH-D14 which some consider one of the best air coolers.
  3. while i personally like liquid aio's over air cooling, both aren't bad options. The corsair h100i gtx will do you well, and it cools while looking cool! xD
    If you want something cheaper, the Seidon 120M is a good silent watercooling aio loop.
  4. Umm.... thread is 2+ years old. :)

    At the time of this review, we didn't have the Swiftech's or the Cryorig R1 and Noctua NH-D15 all of which easily top the leading 240mm CLCs
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