Originally Posted by killnine;13121576
Especially in the GPU-realm of water cooling, you end up having to buy a new block each time you upgrade, which gets REALLY expensive.
That's what pushed me away from the water cooling scene. The benefits, while tangible, aren't NEARLY as good as they once were. HDT and increased air-cooler size have really cut down on the delta between water and air.
This seems like a decent compromise, even at a higher cost.
I mostly agree on the GPU point.. The performance is amazing, but unless you don't intend to upgrade for a couple years, then it might not be worth it.. If you are some one that sticks with a setup for 2+ years, then keeping a graphics card cool and quiet with plenty of overclocking headroom can be really nice if you have the cash to throw at it.
The Noctua NH-d14 is pretty much the best air cooler money can buy and proves itself by being the only air solution able to boot at 4.5ghz in this review.http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cases_cooling/xspc_rasa_750_rs360_watercooling_kit_review/1
They pushed an i7-950 to 4.515ghz with 1.4625 volts - There was a 16c different in average temps and a 19c difference in delta temps between water and the noctua. The rest of the air coolers fell apart at this point.