Originally Posted by decapitator
So I just upgraded my core system and will have all the parts in the next week or so and need a new heat sink for a socket 1151 CPU. Probably a 6600k but maybe 6700k. I've been out of the loop forever since I'm still using the rig in my sig.
Anyways what is the best air cooler?
How are the all-in-one cpu water cooled loops and which ones are decent?
The best air cooler? It would depend on your needs. Arguments can be made for the NH-D15, Cryorig R1, be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3, Phanteks TC14PE, Thermalright Macho or Silver Arrow, etc. But, if you aren't looking to do a crazy OC, you may be just as well off with something like a Cryorig H5 for $49.
AiO liquid coolers come in two varieties: Swiftech and EK, and everything else. While the Swiftech and EK pieces can offer better cooling than top end air, they are a touch louder due to having pumps and the fans being at an open part of the case. As for the everything else (Corsair/NZXT/Antec/DeepCool/Raijintek/etc./etc), they are still the same overhyped and overpriced bunk they always were. The best of them have performance in line with top end air....but require being 20+ dB louder to do it, and you need to pay extra for that added noise. So, essentially, Swiftech, EK or don't bother.