Originally Posted by os2wiz
In less than a month anew improved variant of the H220 will be rleased. It is the H220x. I would wait to buy that unit. Unless you have no problems with the never ending cash outlays for a custom loop. No doubt you will have better performance than even the h220x , perhaps 4-5 degrees celcius. AS an AIO , I do not think you will be doing better than the H220x. Your choices , your decision.
My opinion on the H220 vs the H100i or the like -
I have seen tests where the H220 is cooler but they were running the H100i at near minimum fan speeds, 1400 RPM's and where the H100i was on balanced or max RPM's and the H220 fans were on straight 12v power and the H100i was cooler on either. The H220 is quieter with the fans that come with it but at only 1800 RPM max I can see where if you are overclocking and stress testing you will need the fans to ramp up so they would have to be replaced unless near stock is OK with you. The pump on the H220 is 6v which will handle a lot but unless you have a res. with extra water it will make no difference at all, you are still pushing about the same amount of water and the biggest advantage a full W/C system has is a lot more water to cool the system. Yes you can expand with the H220 but once you start doing that you might as well just go full on water-cooling and dump the CLC idea all together. If you just want a CLC to keep things cool either would be OK if you don't care about max overclocking and 72 hours of prime. My H100i works fine for me, I have resigned myself to the fact that to push my chip I will need better cooling and I doubt any CLC, past present or future will get me much further than I am right now. Plus there is the price difference.
Just my 2 1/2 cents worth.