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XSPC Raystorm 750 EX240 + coolermaster glacer 240l or ex240 + better pump, modded clc's, or better xspc kit?

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so, my new build has an fx-8320 and i've found that i cannot go higher than 4.2ghz before hitting load temps 50+ with a hyper 212 EVO, and i've been interested in water cooling for years, but couldn't even afford a low end custom loop until recently.

i have enough money saved for an XSPC Raystorm 750 EX240 kit ($150). and was wondering what would be better -

my first inclination is to buy that and a glacer 240l for pump redundancy and a second waterblock (i have access to a foundry, laser cutters and cnc mills at my local hackerspace, so i could easily machine a custom bracket to securely mount that second block on a gpu out of soda cans), and a second radiator for when i mount gpu(s).. also, i've heard that there are problems with the pump catching on fire with the glacer 240l, but i'm pretty handy with a soldering iron and reasonably confident i could replace the hard wired power cords with a plug, like the 240l v2, to address that concern (assuming one can disassemble a pump to the bare pcb and reassemble leak-free without modifying the housing TOO heavily).

however, i have been thinking that perhaps, rather than spending a further 70 dollars on a mediocre pump/res/block combo, i should just save 30+ more and add a second. more reliable pump to the xspc kit, because i'm assuming that, being the only part of the kit with moving parts, as well as a res/pump combo, the pump will be first to go.

I saw a video from linus tech tips where two h80's were modified to make a custom loop - i've always been all about modifying things for a cheaper, comparable solution. Has anyone modified any other clc's to integrate parts into an open loop? i hear lots about copper and aluminum reacting, which makes me a little more skeptical about this solution. I'm comfortable with the risk of destroying clc coolers, as long as there won't be some weird chemical reaction destroying things after i have a seemingly working loop.

Lastly, should i just skip all of this and go for a slightly more expensive kit in the 200-300$ range? any size will be fine as i intend on simply modifying my current case to fit any sized radiator (can't tell you what model the case is, as we found it on the side of the road with a fully functional two processor xeon setup with a dead psu, and transferred the internals to a different case so i could keep this full tower - no markings anywhere on the case.)

Though i should be, i'm not too worried about warranties, as i always (almost immediately) dissassemble and modify things, so try not to take any warranty-related factors into consideration in your deliberations.

Tl;Dr - question in thread subject (XSPC Raystorm 750 EX240 + coolermaster glacer 240l or ex240 + better pump, or modded clc's, or better xspc kit?), ignoring warranty related factors.
Edited by tooandrew - 10/31/15 at 9:07pm
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Nobody had any input?
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imo, instead of trying to chop shop everything together i would go with a good 360 kit (XSPC or EK) and add an extra 240 rad and a gpu block (assuming you can get a block for your specific gpu, if not EK makes a good universal block). this would help ensure compatibility among components and give you a better branded and probably performing loop. It would also give you lots of room to swap out and upgrade components later down the road.
 
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Thanks. I think I'll just save more money and go with your recommendation.
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you could always get the 360 kit now and get the cpu under water and then save to add the gpu later. thats how i got started and it worked out great.
 
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