I need a better cooler Tempted to think about water cooling
Before you go to all the trouble of watercooling, and possibly electrocute yourself in the process
, check out the Noctua NH-D14. Some of the guys on OCN know that I'm a little nutty in the sense that I read just about every review (only the negative ones) before I buy anything.
The Noctua, and no, I do not own stock in the company, performs better than many water cooling units, even the more extravagant ones. (I have a Corsair H50 lying in the back room for that reason.) Perhaps the biggest "selling point" of the Noctua (recommended to me on another OCN thread) is its ease of installation. I cannot emphasize just how stupidly easy it is to install (so easy, not even I had any problems!)
(Under the table suggestion: Shop around, but always buy at Amazon - no tax and free shipping; and always faster than their anticipated delivery times.)
Aside from the reviews, I can from personal use highly recommend the Noctua. So much so that I bought another - and I have major tonnage of similar units also lying in the back room - cause there were too damned many headaches with them and they did nothing of what they promised.
Only one caveat: It's almost as large as a minivan, so you had better have a case to accommodate it. I buy only the Cooler Master HAF 932 (2 of them so far). If you ever, God forbid, become homeless, rest easy. You can sleep in the HAF 932.