Water will get you further but still has its limitations. I did a little looking around they seem very close with the h80 coming out in the lead in all cases but not just masivly. In the long run as temps ramp up the water will move heat faster. Very close you will be good either way.
You cannot install both these coolers, and both these cooling solutions are descent, however depending on the case you have and your airflow one could be slightly better. Also it matters if you have a lot of heat coming from lets say your GPU, the 212 might soak in that heat, again depending on air flow, so without more info I would say the H80.
But don't expect anything miraculous, it might be "water cooling" but it's no where near an actual water cooling system.
Yes, water is better, but that doesn't mean you should get it. A $34 212 EVO will perform perfectly well for almost all applications (what are your full specs?).
I'm not sure about specs but im currently building an Asrock Extreme7 with Intel i7 2600k plus 2 GTX570's. I'm looking to put in some wack cooling and at the absolute best maybe get an overclock of 5GHz but realistically maybe 4.6-4.8
Fine as in equal to the liquid cooler or fine as in better? So do you think I can get 5.0 GHz? I would be using the NZXT Phantom, the EVO and 2 additional 120mm fans. I know each part is different but a rough estimate would be fantastic.
You never know. You might get it, and you might just as well not.
Ugh. I saw a 2600K OCing percentage guide a week or two ago, and now I can't find it. If I remember correctly, it said that something like 20% of units will hit 5ghz. Could have been 10%.
Why do you want it? For the number? Do you have an insane graphics setup or something that makes the power worthwhile?