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Best kit choices for wc noob?

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I'm building a new system, with a Asus rampage 4 Formula, 2011 socket, 3820 chip. Case choice is Switch 810. I need to decide on a cooler, and was thinking of going with water.


I've built several PCs before, but never used water cooling. I've done a bit of research already, and that led me to custom starter kits like the rasa. For now, I only plan to cool the CPU, but do want the ability to expand to GPU cooling. This lead me away from the Corsair H100, to here.


In short, What is a good total starter kit, for someone that is terrible at building anything except computers. Also, I am deathly afraid of leaks, so super-reliable is a plus. I have no physical, technical skills whatsoever. I once put a hole in my wall, trying to hang a curtain. I am, the most clumsy man in the world.
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Something I've never suggested... It's expensive as a first purchase, but probably worth it.

AMS rad with integrated D5 pump and res (great pump). All you need after is tubing, fittings, blocks and fans.

Then there's the more budget orientated me that says a RASA kit and tubing.
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i5-2500K P8P67 WS Revolution Sparkle Calibre GTX 560 G.Skill 
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Personally, I'd say look at the Raystorm Extreme kits. They're around $300, but come with a much nicer pump, as well as compression fittings and a nicer CPU block. They're pretty easy to put together really, just don't rush through anything. Make sure you leak test with only the pump powered up before running power to the rest of your components, it'll ensure that if you do have a leak, you only need to wait for your components to dry.
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