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Water cooling is not for everyone thats a certain. Also if you want to water cool do it properly with a custom build and good parts, i will not speak for AIOs because whatever i tried it failed after some months.
As for air cooling vs air cooling to me they are not equal as matter the propability of a problem because if the fan in air cooling fail you have a problem but in the other hand in a water cooled system you have at least 2 fans (240rad) or 3 fans(360rad) or more, so if a fan fail there you have in percentages air vs water: 1 vs 1/2 or 1/3 or more.
Also with water cooling you can have your fans at very low rpm without noise that equals a air cooling setup were in high load the fans are on full speed screaming. Its a certain that especially in GFX cards water cooling does wonders.
The only part that can fail in a water cool setup except of bad build that loses water is the pump but in the life of me since 2007 i have bought i think 7 D5 laing's and none have failed so far and my ESXI NAS homelab ryzen has on it my 1st D5 from 2007 that still rocks.
Bottom line, if your hands are capable and you are careful go with water, if you are rush or don't feel good to have water near electronics, go with air with a little less headroom for overclock and you save money also.
That's my 2 cents