Before starting, I have a major concern. This PC operates as both a gaming PC and media center. It wakes up from S3 sleep at all times of day to record television shows. So, I'm concerned that the pump might die when I'm at work, and I'll come home to a fried computer. I'm planning on keeping my turbo-mode overclock (it's the only way I could get S3 to work), so it might not get that hot, even with the pump off (it'll usually sit under 2ghz while recording). Still, is it a bad idea to run a water cooling setup on a rig like this?
As far as the build, I've done a bit of homework. Since it's my first build, I'm planning on working from a kit. I'd like to build a single CPU/GPU loop. I'm pretty sure I want to start with an XSPC kit. Thinking the Rasa RX-360, if I can find one anywhere. Also looked at the Raystorm. Looks like a great kit, but it's quite a bit more expensive. It almost seems better, at that price point, to just go straight custom. Regardless, I also plan on grabbing a universal GPU block (non-reference card -- figure a universal plus ramsinks should be fine, though), probably from XSPC, and I've decided to mount my rad to the back of the case (there's not enough headroom, unfortunately). So, is it worth it to spend more on the Raystorm, and are the kits a good fit for my hardware?
Thanks in advance for any responses!!!