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I'm building a new PC, and I'm buying parts bit by bit, I was going to buy the motherboard tonight. But then I realised I would install it straight away if I did, and the last time I did this, the CPU cutout at the back on the computer case wasn't big enough to install the CPU cooler.
So... I'm buying the CPU cooler and fans this month instead.
I want completely matching fans, as I've already bought fans for the case, which are Corsair fans.

The new case I bought is the is the Corsair Air 540, which has 3 PWM quiet SP120's in the front, and 1 AF140 in the back. Which leaves room for a 120/140 AIO radiator at the top.

First of all, Corsair don't offer a 140 static pressure fans, so it looks like it'll be a 240 radiator.
The stock fans on the radiator I buy will be replaced with quiet SP120's.
I have no intention to be adventurous with 'custom' wartercooling (Swiftech). However I will consider Swiftech if it is going to give me better temperatures.

More to the point, with matching fans, what AOI 240 cooler will give me better temps. Also, how much louder are performance over quiet edition Corsair SP120's? I would rather have opinions on that from someone that has had experience from both rather than someone who has had just one or the other.
What type of temperature difference am I going to see between the performance editions and the quiet editions?
Finally, what do you think to a mixture of them both, one set of performance on top, one quiet on the bottom, or the other way around?

Actually, the final question, I am looking for a positive air pressure, but I'm not too sure whether this will be too much or not. The case has six fan slots, three at the front which will be intake (SP120 quiets), one at the back which will be an out-take (AF140) and the two and the top (potentially four, as I'll probably have four with the cooler). I'm unsure as to whether set the cooler as intake or out-take, I'd like it as another intake, considering the CPU will get better temps, but what effect will this have on everything else? I'll eventually get two reference GPU's', which will also take air out of the case, but these will be the last things that I am buying, I currently have a 670 with 'blower' fan (what is the actually names for these types of fans by the way), which will be used until I can buy a new card.

I appreciate you might not be able to answer everything individually, because there is a bit in there. But any input is welcome.
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i bought the corsair H110 and swapped the fans for Noctuas keeps the cpu at idle at 29c but never had it go above 49c under 100% load across all cores with prime 95.
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I'm gonna piggyback on this a bit and watch the replies while trying to add some of my own insight. I'm looking at a 240 AIO right now as well.

For me, the Corsair H-series has always been front and centre. They've done the most stuff to me to be at the forefront of the AIO world. They may or may not be the best, but they've got their stuff in my grill, so good for them. I like Corsair a lot recently and have been a big fan of some of their products. I was initially thinking of a cheap/refurbed H100, but I've been hearing rumblings that the H100i has been upgraded quite a bit and surpasses the H100. And not just with the "Link" software, either; real, tangible hardware updates.

Next I've come across the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme. Right now I can get it new on sale for super cheap, and it's supposed to be alright. I don't really know, though. All the reviews suck because they rarely compare really high OC's, which is what I'm after. I'm at 4.4/4.5 on air right now, and I want to sniff 5.0. No reviews ever sit at 4.8 or 4.9 or 5.0. They're always at a moderate 4.4 or something that Sandy and Ivy can do easily on good air.

I've heard a lot about the Swiftech H220 and the Cooler Master US counterpart H220 as well. They're expandable, so you can add more rads and GPU blocks or what-have-you, and you don't pay that much more. The way I see it, though, is that you get your own fittings and GPU blocks (not special Swiftech/CM expandable upgrades), so by the time you add the rad and blocks for the GPU, plus hose and fittings, you're probably more than halfway to a custom WC loop, so just go all the way. Plus, it'll be expensive to include the GPU blocks.

So right now I'm sitting between the H100i and the TT Water 2.0 Extreme. I've got some Cougar Vortex's and AP-15's that I would toss on them, so I'm just looking for some real-world OCN advice here on how the respective AIOs have treated their CPUs.
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The Eisberg and H220/Glacer 240L are the best performing AIO's on the market.
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post #5 of 13
Seriously, H220 with Noctua NF-F12 fans is probably the best you can get.
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CM Glacer 240L / Swiftech H220 is the best. I suggest you buy that. The H100i is pretty good too and quite a few £'s cheaper most of the time. It also has a controllable LED if you're into that. Another excellent choice is the Eisberg. Its biggest negative is the loud fans that it comes with, so the fact that you'll be replacing them with corsair fans negates its minor fault. My suggestion remains the Swiftech unit, regardless of the branding on it. The pump is over powered, so it is expandable but you can also run it at a low RPM with just the 240 radiator. The pump should last a very long time in the Swiftech units.

Now, if I were you and I were to ignore 240 in the top layout preference, I'd get the Swiftech H320 and put it in the front with the fans intaking.
 
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h320= pure awesomeness, if it can fit. I have a Corsair 350D case, h320 sadly wont fit mine. I found some reviews by Linus for a couple of the All-In-Ones that we have discussed. Link: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2LKAgEko3SATzJjQVdONWxpZ00/edit?usp=sharing

Click download once you go to the link. Like i said, noctua fans beast mode.

[Edit] Forgot to link the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWQGmX994fU

In the info below the video is the link to the charts he made.
Edited by supermag24 - 10/28/13 at 3:27pm
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Don't think I'd get the H320, I'd rather have it top mounted.
And I am pretty dead set on the Corsair fans.
What's everyones opinion on the Cooler Master Eisbergs? Seen one review on them (Swiftechs weren't included), and having the fans on 5V seems to have very good performance/noise ratio.




They do look hideous though.
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They are decreasing the pump voltage not the fan voltage. Me and a few other member posted some 30 minute Prime 95 benches in the Eisberg club thread if you want to see how it performs.
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H220 gets my vote, then the Glacer 240L, followed in third by Thermaltake's Water 2.0/3.0 Extreme.

I don't mind the Eisberg but if I can have the best of both worlds (aesthetics + performance) the H220 gets the medal.

Not the biggest fans of the corsair fans myself. Had two for my H100 and swapped em for Noctua F12s which are being used in my H220 loop.

Price wise the H220/Glacer are good buys. If all you want to do is add in a GPU block and a 120mm rad to cover the additional block the pump won't have trouble and it has a res built into the stock radiator. Thus you don't really need to spend extra money for another res, pump, and cpu block. Those 3 alone will put you beyond the initial H220 cost plus you'd get a compact and clean loop with a smaller footprint with the Swiftech.
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