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Advice for upgrading my loop

I haven't read about watercooling in many years. I built a loop a few years ago which I was happy, but probably could have been better if I had spent more time getting advice. I built a new computer about a year ago. I put the new computer in an old case while I decided about doing more mods to my watercooling case.

My case is a Lian-Li/Rocketfish case which I dismantled and blacked out the inside. I cut the top for a 360 radiator. With the new loop I may try my hand at cable routing and cut some ports and route some of my cables behind the motherboard tray. I also may dismantle the case again and take the inner pieces to be powdercoated rather than keep my rattle can black.

Here's my new computer:
Asus P8Z77-V Pro
i5-3570K
Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 4x4GB
XFX R7950
Antec TruPower Quattro 1000W
Corsair 64GB SSD
WD Black 1TB
Seagate 500GB

My previous loop:
Corsair D5 pump (the non variable one..I think an MCP650?)
Dtek Fusion v2
BlackIce 360 GT Stealth
Scythe S-Flex SFF21E fans (1200 RPM)
MicroRes

I'm thinking I'll replace the CPU block and get an XSPC Raystorm

The radiator failed, so that has to be replaced I like the Alphacool's for their screw protectors (ask me how my BlackIce failed). I'm thinking an XT45 or UT60. Whichever radiator I choose it has to fit top mounted with a shroud. Whichever radiator I choose it has to be most efficient with 1200 RPM fans. Though I suppose I could replace the fans if I had to.

I'd like to keep my pump but may choose a different reservoir. I love the appearance of the FrozenQ Fusion, but it looks like it'd be a pain to clean. That being said if I replace my reservoir I'll probably go with one of the cylindrical ones from Alphacool or Bitspower. I'd be open to a restop for my D5 pump though.

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated.
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Ut60 is a great Rad to upgrade to if you have the space. Koolance 380i is a better CPU block. Raystorm is also a great block.

Id stick with the d5 pump. They are very good.
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