Would like advice on an AIO vs Air cooler.
First off let me set out that I am an extreme overclocker and want every last drop of juice I can squeeze out of everything I buy without degrading the performance of it. I also am very price to performance conscious so if something is objectively the best at what it does, but it disproportionately priced compared to other choices I am going to go for one of the other choices even I could afford the technically "best". I'd like to hit 4ghz on my ryzen 1600 which is possible and soon enough I will most likely get either an X470 or an X570 board with zen 2 to run my RAM at its rated speed and well, you know... Ryzen 2!!!!!
I am coming from the bias that air cooling just makes more sense, it is cheaper, usually cools as goof or is in the range of AIO cooling that makes the difference negligible, while it is generally quieter as well, not to mention never having to worry about a pump going or a tube leaking; it just makes more sens to go air. With that being said, I have not been able to find a suitable air cooler for my setup and in my frustration I decided to buy the EVGA CLC 280 on a really good sale with 2 Arctic Cooling static pressure fans which are very quiet and overall great build quality for very cheap as well. I planned to either switch out the fans that it comes with or use them with the Arctic Cooling fans for a quieter setup. I was fine with all this until I stumbled across the Enermax T50 Axe CPU Cooling ETS-T50A-BVT which is around 1 degree hotter than the NH-D15 (the holy grail of air coolers) AND it fits with my RAM while being significantly cheaper plus all the upsides of air over AIO. I am wondering if it is worth my time to return the items to Amazon and buy the air cooler instead or should I stick with my AIO considering I got it for such a great price. I was able to get the AIO and 2 Arctic cooling static pressure optimized PWM CO fans for $151 CAD after taxes.
All the reviews seem to say the same thing; AIO is mostly for show or if you have room restrictions while air is generally the better option due to all the point previously discussed although if one could get a well reviewed AIO at a very good price then the AIO is probably worth it. Generally, since AIOs are much more expensive than air they are just not worth it if you can find a good air cooler that fits fine. First I thought I was in that category but now, after finding the Enermax T50 Axe CPU Cooling ETS-T50A-BVT, I seem to no longer be in that category albeit I did get it for a very good price putting me back into the probably should go for it position.
I don't really know what to do. I hear EVGA has great warranty customer service and the AIO comes with a 5 year warranty which might be longer than I plan to have the setup. If I got air I would probably keep it during an upgrade because it lasts forever and if I get an AIO I would be inclined to sell it when upgrading because of the limited lifetime of the product.
So, what do you all think?
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