Originally Posted by tubnotub1
I think it would be wise to maintain a bit of perspective on the issue.
Thousands, upon thousands of people have watercooling and for the vast majority of them they will never see a problem like the OP had.
I have personally used watercooling on and off for the last 6 years whether it be a Swiftech H20 120 set (used for ~3 years) or the Corsair H60 I currently use and I have never had an issue. Proper installation and a long period of leak testing (24+ hours) reduces the chances of these types of failure to practically zero. Having said that, if you can't afford to replace your parts should the worst happen it is probably best to stay away from watercooling in the first place. Similarly low temperatures can be attained through high-end air cooling, and for those with little fault tolerance, that is probably the way to go.
Can't argue with anything you said there. Good advice.
I've lost track of how many times I've said that "leaks are rare" in this thread but it's quite a lot.
The issue here (at least for me) is simply that some people received full compensation when this happened in the past, but now it appears others (including me) will not. It appears (though I can't be certain) that I'm the first person to have a leaking H100 since their compensation policy apparently changed.
When I researched the H100 I read in forums that a) leaks are very rare and b) on the occasions that it had leaked, Corsair compensated those people for the cost of the damaged parts. That gave me enough confidence to go ahead with it.
I'm hoping that this thread will help other people in making an informed choice if they are thinking about water cooling, specifically using any of the Corsair closed loops. Otherwise people (like me) will continue to come across only those threads where everything turned out great and they received full compensation, and, like me, will think that they are fully covered in the event of a leak.
Of course, Corsair could have just come out and publicly stated that their policy on compensation had changed. Give everyone the facts and let them decide if the benefits outweigh the risks.Edited by mrpdean - 10/9/12 at 2:36am