Originally Posted by nilsga
Liquid cooling for HTPC? That's even more overkill than Z87.
If you're going to build a gaming HTPC or a "Steambox" there's no way I'd do without it. Unless you don't mind listening to a GPU blower cooler that sounds like a vacuum cleaner, and fans running full tilt to cool your gigantic hunk of metal tower CPU cooler. To further that point, you can't fit a decent heatsink that would allow some overclocking headroom in most mITX cases, so a waterblock and 120mm or 240mm radiator begins to make even more sense.
PC Gamers are moving to smaller and smaller enclosures, and an emerging trend is to kick consoles to the curb and play PC games right out in your HT. Just look at what's been announced lately, SteamOS, Steamboxes, AMD's Mantle API, increased Linux support. These guys are aiming to take Microsoft and DirectX out of the picture. We should all be very excited, because major players are pushing to put PC's in our entertainment consoles; the same thing that our niche group has been doing for years.
Of course you don't need liquid cooling to stream Netflix, but calling it "overkill" in an HTPC is stubborn.