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I'm getting ready to make the jump to water cooling for my comp. It's my first build, so I stuck with air initially, but I want to do more with overclocking etc. and I'm looking at options.

My first inclination was to consider the Coolermaster Glacer that is the clone of the Swiftech so many here were fond of and just go closed loop. But I've also been looking at some of the kits from Frozencpu.

I have 2 questions. First, how much performance increase would http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20837/ex-wat-261/XSPC_Raystorm_AX240_Extreme_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_w_D5_Variant_Pump_Included_and_Free_Dead-Water.html?tl=g59c683s2174n provide over the Glacer, and second, how much more hassle is installation/maintenance?

Like I said, this is my first build, so I don't want to overreach. The kits look nice, but I'm more concerned about leakage than with the closed loop.
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I've been looking at some of those xspc kits lately, I'm definitely leaning towards the xspc kit with the photon 170 over the dual bay reservoir. From what I've gathered it is far easier to fill and maintain, and imo it looks better. Also that xspc raystorm seems to be a very solid starter block and the stock fans are pretty decent. Definitely better than those CLC kits.
 
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Temp wise I believe it should outperform AIO by a couple of degrees.


Now the real question is how often do you upgrade? You know get that itch. If not often then you'll be fine with that.

Now if you have plans of doing the gpu as well, I would suggest going with the cylinder res, or maybe even sourcing all the parts yourself.

The way I see it those kits are good if you don't plan on upgrading and you will be more than content with it.

If your a tinkerer or already thinking about upgrading it might not necessarily be the best route to take.
   
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