There are plenty of good HSFs as I stated above. Pick one of the top 5 HSFs for AMD CPUs listed at Frosty Tech and you'll be fine even with overclocking - which is pretty easy to do on the Vishera CPUs.
Be advised however that overclocking does void your CPU warranty so if that's important to you, don't OC.
Most people know that it would be silly to buy a H2O cooler with the inferior performance and water leak liability. Then you'd still have to go out and spend more money on quiet fans. In the end you'd pay twice as much compared to a quality tower HSF, if you were to chose one of the inferior CLCs and you'd never escape the water leak hardware damage liability issue... and for what, so that you can say that you are naive and that you didn't do your homework? That's not very logical but it could prove to be very expensive.
It's not pretty when the PC hardware electrically shorts out and burns up. It literally could burn your house down also. But hey if that's what some people want, that's what they should buy. Life is a learning experience. Some folks need to learn the hard way.
The test results show why CLCs are a very poor choice for cooling when quality tower HSFs cost half as much and perform far better. If you have any doubts read the performance reviews at Frosty Tech or Hardware Secrets as both are reputable review sites with extensive HSF and some CLC reviews.
What you chose to buy for a CPU cooler is entirely up to you but the facts are clear for those who do their homework.
When it comes to overclocking there are some folks who are happy with 80% reliable systems and some who want a Prime95 100% reliable PC. When you OC the FX-8000 CPUs you can get to 4.5-4.6 GHz. pretty easy often at the default CPU vcore voltage but without increasing the vcore these OC's are usually only 80-90% reliable under P95 stress testing. Thus if you raise the vcore up to get 100% P95 stable at 4.6+ GHz. you'll need a good tower HSF. You can see from the test data how poor the H60 and similar CLCs compare to the top tower HSFs.
The H60 and similar H2O coolers will definitely not provide sufficient cooling for an overclocked FX-8000 series CPU when you adjust the vcore up in the ~1.43v+/- range - which is typically required for 100% P95 stability.
The H60 is so poor there are over 100 better HSFs... That's really sad. And many cost 1/2 the price of the H60.
Building a reliable PC involves more than just assembling the parts. You need to be able to configure all of the BIOS settings appropriately. This can be quite involved and frustrating as it can require a lot of trial and error with stress testing. It is however often the only means to get a 100% reliable PC.
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