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post #21 of 29
It seems like you've given up on this, but I say to go with a full loop if you're interested in watercooling as a hobby. For me, I went from a Zalman CNPS9700 to an H50. It was okay, but I didn't get an impressive performance boost, and it was loud even with replaced fans. Even more annoying was my video card fan while playing games (especially in eyefinity).

By going with a custom loop (found a great deal on a used setup, otherwise would have gone with an RX360), I could not only cool my CPU silently, but also my GPU fans (first GPU when I only had one, now both are comfortably watercooled). I've added silence and extended life to my setup, as the parts are all much cooler now than they ever were. And watercooling is really fun and interesting, if you're a tinkerer.

As far as transporting, other than the added weight when carrying the system, it shouldn't be a problem at all. If you're concerned about moving it, just drain the water after every semester (you're supposed to replace the water every 3-6 months to keep it fresh anyway). When I lived in my freshmen dorms, I had a really crappy 120mm radiator setup, but it was awesome, and I never had a problem moving it around. Now I've got a much more secure setup, but much larger setup (current rig), and have moved it ~450 miles each way to and from school for a few semesters and holiday breaks, and now I'm moving it to my new home from south FL to Michigan. This is all without ever draining it either, just to be cautious, I'd rotate the reservoir so that its fill port was on pointing up, even though it is sealed with a gasket.

If the mess of watercooling isn't really for you, then I'd stick with an air cooler like the 212+, or if you want to "dabble" in watercooling, I'd get an H100, as it's supposed to be better than the H50/60/70 (which were very similar performance anyway).
post #22 of 29
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I would indeed like to "dabble" in water cooling. As of right now, I don't have much interested to get really dug into water cooling.

Also, the Corsair water coolers don't need maintenance, right? (Replacing the water like you mentioned.)
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post #24 of 29
No, the Corsair water coolers don't need refilling often as they're very strongly sealed. However, I have heard of people needing to refill/replace them eventually as the water will always find some way of escaping no matter how well sealed it is. Even heatpipes, completely sealed metal, will dry up eventually.

The H100 is a great cooler, especially since your case has space for a 240 rad. I can't imagine it will do terribly much better than a NH-D14 or Silver Arrow, though. The all-in-one water coolers never perform quite as well as their custom loop counterparts, and the H100 really approaches the same cost as an XSPC Rasa RS240 kit.
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post #25 of 29
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When you say my case has room, you're talking about room inside to mount, right?
I don't want to mount it outside.

Also, is that cooler even out yet?
post #26 of 29
Yes, I'm talking interior mounting, I'm really not a fan of exterior mounted radiators. And no, I don't believe it's out yet.
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post #27 of 29
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Any ETA on when it will arrive?
Speaking of something not being available, Amazon is out of the H80s...
I was going to order one this morning...
I wonder which wille come in stock first, the H100 or the H80...
post #28 of 29
H100 was intended to release with the H80 AFAIK, so it should be in stock very soon, from the looks of it.
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post #29 of 29
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Was a price point for it announced already? I wonder how much more it's going to be than the H80...

The H80 was already over $100.
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