I am narrowing down my final build for my PC and I am considering replacing the Coolermaster 212 in my build below with the H70 Water Cooler from Corsair. The main reason is aesthetics, although I will be overclocking to the 4.2mhz range so cooling will be needed too. I have also never used water cooling so I thought it would be interesting to try out.
Ok on to my actual question. How high is the quality of the thermal paste that comes factory installed on the H70? I have read several reviews that say it is high quality and some that say replace it. I know the Sandy Bridge don't run that hot unless you get into the upper echelon of their OC'n abilities, so should I worry about replacing this paste? I personally feel since I am going with a Stylish Corsair case/stylish corsair psu, corsair ram etc that the water cooler would look way better than a big air cooler.
Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
EVGA 560ti (already bought)
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Combo Price $234.98
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $159.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $39.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $84.99
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge $224.99
Corsair HX750 Modular PSU
LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS70 $19.99
Actually, the TIM that comes on the H70 is excellent. It's Shin Etsu and one bonus is that there is no cure time. It's 100% effective as soon as your cooler is installed. This isn't to say that some others may give a slight improvement but it is very good out of the box if you don't want to change it.