agree, but just a note- it's my understanding that
corsair will replace any damaged components if it does leak. it is very rare so they can afford to do so. product failures are usually due to the pump or other issue, not leaks. saying that these coolers will leak on your stuff is the equivalent of saying a 2kg heatsink will break your motherboard
Actually leaks are not that rare at all on the CLCs. Go to Corsair's H50 forum and take a read... You'll also find many sad H2O fans in most hardware forums after their PC got hosed. No one knows the exact failure rate but there really is no logical reason for most people to even consider a CLC.
As I always tell people: Buy what makes you Happy.
It's silly to buy a CLC - unless you are forced to. If you want to play with water-cooling as a hobby - great. Open loop systems can be much better than CLCs. But to falsely believe that the CLC hardware currently available is a wise choice or better than high end HSFs is incorrect. With the CLCs being more expensive and nosier than HSFs it's unwise to even consider them. Even if you ignore all the above you still have the liability of a water-leak, which is totally unnecessary when the CLCs provide no practical benefit or value for most consumers compared to a high end HSF - which never leaks.
Edited by AMD4ME - 2/25/12 at 7:38pm