If you don't care about the performance, I would recommend the 212 or another good air cooler.
An air cooler would work the same way over years without issues.
But we can't say the same about the water cooler.
There's a risk that one day the electric motor could fail.
There's also a risk about leaking.
Is this really true? Have you experienced leaking?
I'm sorry, but whenever I hear someone say "but water leaks!" I have a hard time taking them seriously. I mean, you know, overclocking results in friend out chips!
There's a risk a bus might run into me. I don't think it's very likely, and there are simple precautions I can take to make sure leaks don't occur or motor failure damage (temperature shutdown, motor sensor shutdown, extra clamps onto hose niplets).
The hyper 212+ is definitely the best budget buy, and is definitely a great cooler, but that's not the question being asked here. I suppose you can think of it like this: is the h50 at $35 or less as good a deal as the hyper 212+ is at it's price point? If not, what price would make it so? What is the 'next' best budget cooler above the hyper 212+ in performance?
Well glad to know I wasted my money.
I think you're sorely mistaken. Yea sure fans are quieter, sticking blade masters on anything will make anyone's ears sad.
Please look up benchmarks for temp differences between the D14 and the 212.
I personally had a 212+ and upgraded to a D14. Don't make statements that you can't backup. Holding the two side by side, the sheer VOLUME and build quality of the two are entirely different. Unfortunately I can't compare too much with my temps since I switched processors as well but that's what google is for.
I appreciate your input so far, but I made clear that I don't care about volume. Furthermore, volume on air and closed loop liquid is based 100% on the fans being used. A hyper 212+ makes ZERO decibels, it's the fans that make the sound.
Now the noctua d14 might be a great hsf, I'm not saying it isn't. But the fans it comes with are high quality, and if I want high quality fans, I can just buy some high quality fans. Yate loons for $5! although maybe the d14 fans are better than yate loon, whatever, my point is, is that saying how quiet a system is really is meaningless because it's about the fans, which can be replaced, and are GOING to be replaced by anyone unless the system already comes with high end fans... which is cool but it's not like if you buy a h50 or hyper 212+ you are screwed because you cant get good fans either.
And I dont think they are a significant cost either. Everyone should buy a couple high quality 120 mm fans for their set up. If you buy something like a d14 which may come with high quality fans, great, swap out 2 of your system 120mm fans, or whatever. I mean I have a couple stock fans in my computer, and none of them are in their stock positions (cm blademasters, nzxt gamma case fan, 80mm cpu fan, 40mm chipset fan).
Also, the DH14 isn't on sale for $35, while the H50 is. It seems the DH14 can be had for, at cheapest, used, is $55, but more than likely you have to pay $70+ for it. That sucks.
I mean, for performance, it's great. I'm basically interested in a great budget value cooler, that's a step up from the hyper 212+, and a h50 at $40 sounds like it's a great budget value cooler... although im not sure... so my questions were in regards to straight up performance first.