Originally Posted by UnexplodedCow
I'm still leery of all-in-one liquid coolers as they will be more prone to problems by design. Yes, pump technology has improved over the years, but these things do have a lifespan, albeit a specified long one. I'd still go with a good heatpipe cooler, as I have yet to see a heatpipe fail over the years. The fans on them can also be upgraded just the same as the H50. But, if the H50 is twice the price, I will jump out and say it isn't worth it. Maybe you could build your own water cooling setup (small pump, single fan radiator, no reservoir for closed loop) for about the same price. Is the H50 (as stock) twice as good as a Zalman or Noctua. No. But I'm not going to deny that it will outperform most things. Also...the H70 is out, but it's far more expensive, and doesn't cool much better from the reviews I've read. More food for thought.
Once again some fantastic info unexploded, thank you.
After much (far too much) research I have come to the same conclusion, H50 does have cooling advantages over most air coolers however for the difference in price and the copious amount of reviews/discussions I have read about it I have decided against impulsively splurging on one. In actual fact I made a small purchase today after much deliberation and measuring and I now have this 212+
strapped on top of my 955.
After reading several reviews of this cooler in comparison to coolers much more expensive it is a pretty good performer. I laid out $49 Aus and already the difference compared to the stock cooler is evident. My idle temps are around 22-24c. I am yet to try any OC with it as I am still waiting for my 5770 and dont see the point in trying to push an already crippled system.
Whether I stay with this cooler for long I don't know but if I can get some reasonable temps out of it with mild clocks it might stay strapped in for a bit.
Thanks again for the info guys.