How do I know whether or not I should get liquid or a bigger fan?

Hey guys, I am not sure if I should get a Corsair Hydro H80 or H100, or just upgrade with a better fan. I don't plan on overclocking anything, but perhaps SLI-ing some GTX 670s down the road.
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  1. If you're not OC'ing a Hyper 212 Evo will do just fine. Even if you DO OC, it'll do OK and even great, depending on what CPU you're talking about.

    That said, if you NEVER plan to OC, the stock cooler is plenty.
  2. Well, I am looking into an Asus Sabertooth mobo, i5 3570K Quad-Core and the video cards I mentioned. What is the difference between the Hyper 212 and Hyper 212 EVO?
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    The 212+ has heatpipes that are slightly separated and not truly flat (space between them), so it's a little less efficient and harder to apply the thermal paste. The Evo's heatpipes are truly flat and right up against each other, so more efficient and almost no way to screw up the thermal paste application.


    212 Evo

  4. So the EVO would more than likely be worth the $2-3 upgrade? Are these fans relatively quiet?
  5. It's worth it to me, yes, and the fan is very quiet until 100%, but even then it's not overbearing (my GPU fans at 50% are much louder).
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  7. Is there a difference in mounting between the two?
  8. Nope. They use basically the same bracket and back plate as far as I'm aware, and with the same hardware besides the LGA 2011 standoffs included with the Evo, but not the 212+.
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