Ok one more question, 212 EVO or V6 GT? The V6 looks awesome and has alot more heatpipes, it also had a push pull already set up. So thoughts?
I bought the V6 for my last build and am looking to replace it with one of these compact prefilled water coolers.
After I installed it I started seeing reviews that it wasn't much better than the stock Intel fan can came with the cpu. My results seem to agree. I don't even overclock yet I've seen the temps climb up pretty high during some tests. I carefully followed all the installation instructions and used a pea-sized drop of Arctic 5, (EVERY cpu cooler needs termal paste, there is no getting around it. That's why some coolers come with it already applied to their product).
Then there's the dust problem. This thing gets filled with dust with no easy way to clean it. I finally found a youtube video showing how to remove the fan for cleaning (cooler master won't tell you how). Going to try it tomorrow. Hope I can finally get all that dust out of the fins on the inside. It's caked on pretty good.
One other downside is that if your motherboard is vertically mounted as are most, this thing hanging off your board is putting some stress on it, even though there is a back plate. So if you ever need to transport your computer you really want to lay it down on it's side so that the cooler is vertical. I went so far as to tie mine to the top of the case with fishing line to balance out the downward pull.
In conclusion, it's adequate and looks cool, but it's just a so-so cooler and is a pain to keep clean.