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Switching from air to AIO water, which one should I choose?

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Hi guys. I have an i7-2600k oc'ed to 4.5 using a Thermalright Silver Arrow. I'm tired of looking at that big ugly monster taking up half my case so I'm wanting to get an AIO water cooler. Plus, I'm thinking I could go up to a 4.8 oc possibly with one. So I have two questions....

Which of the following coolers should I buy?

120mm
1. Corsair H55 Quiet Edition $59.99
2. Corsair H60 $64.99
3. Corsair H80i $99.99
4. Corsair H90 $99.99
5. Antec Kuhler H20 620 $49.99
6. Antec Kuhler H20 920 $79.99
7. Cooler Master Seidon $59.99
8. Cooler Master Seidon 120 XL $89.99
9. Thermaltake 2.0 Pro $79.99

240mm
1. Corsair H100i $115.99
2. Corsair H110 $125.99
3. NZXT Kraken X60 $149.99
4. Thermaltake 2.0 Extreme $139.99
5. Swiftech H220 $139.99


I am currently using an Antec 1200 case but am thinking of getting a new case and selling the Antec 1200.
The runners up for cases are as follows.....

1. NZXT Phantom 630 $169.99
2. NZXT Switch 810 $157.48
3. Cooler Master Storm Stryker $159.99
4. Fractal Design Define XL R2 $134.29
5. BitFenix Shinobi XL $159.99
6. IN WIN GRone $129.99
7. Thermaltake Armor Revo $189.99
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IMO the only AIO coolers worth buying are the expandable ones, so I would suggest the H220. There are not huge gains going from quality air cooling to water.
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few things i know about this when i was researching for AIO
corsair have a good warranty, they can even replace your other damaged components if it got damaged by their AIO, they also have longer warranty period,
the H110 is not 240mm it's 280mm, 2x140mm
the H90 and h110 are like stripped version, no software control no lights, the H80i and h100i have the corsair link software, where you can control light color, speeds and all that,
NZXT Kraken X60 is the same as H110, made by the same OEM (iirc)
I personally like the idea behind the Swiftech H220 but after spending sometime in their thread section here and the fact it's not compatible with my motherboard made me choose something else.
Cooler Master Seidon give you almost the same performance you get with high quality air coolers and the same with Antec Kuhler thou, alot of people have good reviews for the Kuhler and I see many people choosing them to cool their GPU with them! (check the Green mod and the Red mod sections).

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I have a H80i which works well. I had the H60 (original varient) beforehand.
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