NZXT Kraken X62 $160
IF CASH is tight, there’s nothing wrong with using the cooler that comes with your CPU (as long as it’s the retail version—OEMs don’t have coolers). However, if you want to overclock, or keep temperatures down so your machine runs more quietly, water cooling gets the nod from us. Obviously, piecing together your own loop is the pro choice here, although for an easier life, an all-in-one cooler has a lot going for it. We’ve seen quite a few of these recently as new manufacturers enter the market, but the likes of the Corsair H110 ($124) and NZXT Kraken X62 ($160) still stand out as the ones to buy.