Going EK from AIO, maybe?
It's been ages since I built a system. Feb. 2011 to be exact. The Corsair AIO on that system is still running to this day, so I wanted to go Corsair again. I mean 8 years without anything but dust removal on a OC'd 2600k sounds good to me!
I put together a pretty decent set of parts, assembled them and found I have extremely poor contact between the Corsair h150i pro and the 9900k. I've assembled it multiple times and I know it's done right. Actually there is just a small ring of contact around the outside of the CPU. There is still untouched TIM on the Corsair where the convex isn't filled. Maybe that is a CPU issue, I am not sure... I'm hoping it's not a MOBO issue, but I won't know until I try another option.
So I got to looking at other AIO's to see if there is another option but they all seem to be using the same crap mounting from Asetek.
I found some comparisons that lead me to see the all aluminum EK Fluid Gaming A240 kit. But then I got to thinking CU is still better. I don't want the Aluminum risk.
So is there any real option out there outside something like a basic CPU only kit/system from the performance line, or assemble my own kit from the Quantum line, about $500ish? I'm afraid I may have picked a terrible case for the option. I went Corsair Obsidian 500D SE.
Or should I try another AIO?
At this point I have 3 kids and a wife now, so I'm out of the loop with the latest greatest technology and know next to zero about a custom loop. I'm reading through the blogs on EK's site but don't have the kind of time it takes to digest everything in just a couple days and make a good call. I am making a point of building a great system though, something that will last me years again and want this done right.
AIO is attractive from a known quantity perspective. I'm a fast learner.