Cpu air cooling or water cooling
I have been wondering which cooler type I should use to cool my i7 4770k, obviously most of you will say water cooling straight away but I can help but be scared of the possibility of leakages. If you have anything to add to this please do so as I have been searching for the right cooler for about 2 weeks.
Well what are your primary uses, and are you overclocking?
If you're not overclocking far you should be fine on air. Air may be a little noisier than liquid, depending on which you get. The best air cooler around is probably the Noctua NH-D14 and a great bang/buck is the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO.
I've heard that on the liquid cooling side Corsair are pretty reliable.
Generally, liquid will keep things a bit colder. However, it comes at a higher price and higher risk (but not that high), and air is sufficient for most users. Up to you.
Scottland567 said:How about something like a H60? I know the haswell cpu's are supposed to become hot under high load but I only plan to overclock to around 3.7ghz.
The turbo reaches 3.8 GHz already!
I think you could probably reach 4.0 on air comfortably, since the stock cooler is good enough for stock speeds (including the 3.8 GHz stock turbo speed) anyway.
I don't think you'll need water cooling.
I would recommend water for high over clocks and if your willing to spend $80+ on the system.
If your just wanted to spend $20-$60 dollars I would stick with air, it will give you better results. If you do decide to go with water make sure your case will support the radiator. I wouldn't worry about leaks in todays self contained units, they are made pretty well and I haven't heard of any one getting a leak.
As long as you get an air with 120mm fans it should be fairly quiet but they do start to get really large and heavy, which makes water nice. I wouldn't go with anything less than say an H80i or H90, anything less than that and I would stick with air.
Scottland567 said:So what air coolers would you recommend, I wouldn't want something as bulky as the noctua as I have a zalman z11+ case, and it sounds silly but I would like something aesthetically pleasing like the xigmatek dark knight.
I've heard good things about the xigmatek dark knight, somwhere between the noctua and the hyper 212 evo. Go with that if you like it, but it is also bulky.
And also, why don't you want something bulky? :P