Originally Posted by Ice009
Hi Flyinion, I'm in the exact same boat with the same Case (HAF-X purchased in 2010 when it first came out) and same cooler (NH-D14), and I really want to upgrade Cases, but have no idea what to get. I've been looking for a good 6 months, but nothing stands out to me.
I'll start a new thread probably (I think I still want at least 1 x 5.25inch bay and might want to stay with air cooling), but just wanted to ask similar question to the OP. How much better would these newer AIO liquid coolers be over my NH-D14, and also, if the area you live in is dusty (it's very windy here so I regularly have to blow out the dust in my Case with an air compressor), do you have have to regularly clean the radiator? Will I be able to blow out the dust with an Air Compressor?
Oh, and how are these AIO liquid coolers in regards to water leaks? The main reason I've stayed so long with the NH-D14 is because I leave my PC on 24/7 and I was worried about water leaks when I'm not home or asleep. Would you guys still recommend water cooling if you leave the PC on 24/7?
So I've been looking into the water cooling quite a bit since I started looking at cases. Especially cause some are marginal for fitting the D14. What I've seen is most of the higher quality AIO will surpass the stock D14 and match or slightly better than the D15. One product I'm interested in (and there are similar) is the Eisbaer from Alphacool https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...2YM-0007-00191
It's not a closed loop AIO. You can actually open it to refill it, and add in a GPU version as well. It's not much more $$$ (relatively vs custom loop) than most of the high end AIO's from the other companies either. I will say that I was told by the company I've been talking to about water cooling (not Newegg) that they don't recommend going bigger than the 280 version because the pump isn't powerful enough to be more effective in the 360 version for instance. I.e. it will still cool but not really any better than the 280 and is kind of a waste of $$ due to that. Apparently a benefit of adding in the GPU version though is now you have two pumps and if one fails you still have the second running.
As far as cases I think so far I'm zeroing in on Phanteks Evolv X, Luxe or maybe the Luxe 2 if it comes out soon enough, or maybe a CM H500M even though it has some cheap plastic apparently but 4xUSB 3 and 1 USB C on the front is really tempting. I thought about the NZXT H700i but while it would be a great case for custom loops etc., I'm not sure I like the really plain exterior look of it, not a fan of the large amount of white, and the all black one loses the nice contrast of the colored cable cover. The red and blue ones are a bit much as well mostly because once you pick one of those you're stuck with that color unless you repaint down the road if you want to change how things look.