So i've been throwing around the idea recently to water cool my cpu. however, i dont really want to go with a dual fan radiator because i like the blue fans on top of my case.
My question is ,in your opinion, what would be my best option for brand and product? I know of Corsair, Thermaltake, Zalman, Intel, and Antec that make cpu water coolers but i cant tell any significant differences.
A cooler like this one could be mounted at the rear of the case where the rear fan is now. All you would have to do is remove the rear fan and mount the radiator. If you don't want it inside the case you can always mount it on the outside at that rear fan spot.
You may not trust the stock coolers but there are good heatsinks that you can use also.
Are you overclocking the cpu at all? Whether you get a heatsink/fan or the closed loop cooler there will still be a fan involved.
This one would also be a god choice and is very popular and very good.
If you're just upgrading for noise and performance, I would suggest this one as well. I owned two of the Hyper 212+ models, and these are a tad bit better. You get what you want for much less than a closed loop.
I think you guys make a solid point on the hyper 212. the water cooling looks really cool, but it doesn't seem to add up with price and performance.
From the list of items you originally listed, yes, price and performance would lend to the 212+. However, you should also realize there are significant performance differences in closed loop coolers and actual watercooling. They are based on the same principles, but a Corsair liquid cooler is no where near as effective as full watercooling, and most of us that frequent this and other watercooling forums will agree that these are a night and day difference.
This is true but those of us who have water cooling and like the challange of it will agree that a Corsair H-80 or H-100 is just a heatsink that might offer a slightly better cooling solution then a heatsink/fan. If a person likes the challange of water cooling and can afford it there's nothing like it.
So if your not overclocking and you don't want to invest in water cooling then your better off with a nice quality heatsink/fan.