Hello all, I've been looking for a decent watercooling kit to use for my new build around xmas. Originally i was planning on getting the corsair h100 (i know its not a "real" watercooling kit) but while researching others opinions, views on it i saw many recommending proper watercooling kits that are not much more cost wise and most suggested XSPC Rasa RS240. The problem is that the Rasa costs double the h100, so which kits are they talking about? every thing i look for ends up costing double the amount of a h100.
What cpu are you considering?
What are the other prospective parts?
What will be the purpose of this PC?
The main reason to buy a liquid cpu cooler is to be able to overclock the cpu to high levels.
If you are a record seeling competitive overclocker, then buy the best liquid cooler kit you can afford.
But, it sounds like you are on a budget and do not have an unlimited budget.
In a decently ventilated case, a modest $30 air cooler like they hyper212 will do a good job.
A top end air cooler like the Phanteks or noctua NH-D14 @$80 or so will perform about as well as any of the all in one liquid coolers.
And, they will be quieter, less expensive, and more reliable.
My suggestion is to save your cooler money and spend it on a more useful component like a better graphics card or SSD.
Any cooler, short of thermoelectric coolers(expensive) can only cool to some temperature delta over ambient.
That number for an overclocked cpu is likely to be in the 12-14c. range.
Unless you can get air conditioning for your room, I think you have to live with high temperatures.
Here is a list of results from testing multiple cpu coolers in an open testbed. In a case, the themeratures will be higher. http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=266...
If noise bothers you, the problem will be even worse.
My suggestion is to concentrate less on overclocking the cpu and more on the graphics card.
The graphics card is the real engine of gaming. Use your cooler savings for a better graphics card.
A 2500K @ 4.0 will run any game well, and run reasonably cool.
Upping your graphics budget on a new gen 28nm based card like a 7950 or GTX670 will yield you much better gaming.