CM Hyper 212 EVO or Noctua NH-D14 or Corsair H100i?

Hello Everyone. My First Build so please be gentle. I am down to the last piece for my build. My question is the about the CPU cooler:

Issue #1:
I like the idea of water cooling but I am afraid of leaks.

Issue #2:
I like the reviews for the NH-D14 but I have issues with the color of the fans.

Issue #3:
I like the 212 EVO because I think that I could switch out the fans and not change the cooling abilities too much if at all (2 fans in push/pull).

Please help . Thank you.

MSI Z87-GD65
G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133
MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB (SLI next month)
Samsung 840 EVO-Series 250GB SSD
WD Black 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache
Corsair 500R (windowed)
Corsair CX 750M PSU
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
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  1. Best answer
    #1 A reasonable fear. Google "H100 leaks"

    #2/3 Personally, to me pretty is as pretty does.
    Bot if color means something to you check out thePhanteks top end coolers; they come in a wide variety of coolers and the coolers are about as effective as the NH-D14.

    On your build, save $100 by using a i5-4670K and spend it on upgrading to a GTX760 or even GTX770. You will game better.

  2. Thank you geofelt. I will look into Phanteks. Do you have a specific Phanteks model suggestion(s)? I purchased my 4770k from BestBuy for $265usd as a price match. But I will be considering the GTX760 now. Thanks again.

    Does anyone have any more comments for my above-mentioned issues?
  3. Pick your color.
    The 140mm units will be a bit cooler and quieter

    But, the 120mm units are good too:

    Or... the prolimatek megahalems is a very good cooler.
    It does not come with a fan so you can pick your own:
  4. I use the Noctua nh-d14, one thing is it is insanely large. It surprisingly looks ok in the case however a darker fan would look better for aesthetic reasons. I haven't stressed my computer however yet due to it just recently being built. My CPU is @ 3.9 automatically and loads of cool air are blowing out of it inside my Fractal R4 BP case with 4x 140mm fans in it, along with the CPU cooler.

    A really aesthetically pleasing CPU Cooler would be the Dark Rock 2, they seem kind of somewhat difficult to find. I don't believe there are any through Newegg. They would probably be right up your alley if you could find one.

    I do like the NH-D14 thus far though even though I haven't really stressed tested it at all with regards to cooling my CPU.

    Your build has many of the same/similar components as myself.
  5. I use the Phanteks with Scythe Slipstream 110 CFM fans.

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