Contemplating first custom loop build
I have a Corsair 750D case with a 4970k cpu and 980ti GPU. The cpu is currently air-cooled with a Noctua NH-D15, and the GPU cooled with a Kraken X31 CLC.
I suspect the Kraken X31 is close to EOL, so I should replace it sooner rather than later.
I'm planning on upgrading most of my hardware towards the end of year (essentially waiting for Zen 3 and the Nvidia 30xx GPU series to come out), including getting a new case (probably the Phanteks 719, but waiting on a review from Gamers Nexus).
I'm thinking of getting a relatively inexpensive CPU block and VGA block (not a full card block, but just VGA chip block, I'll find a way to aircool VRMs), and should be able to mount a 360 rad to the top of my current 750D case after removing the 5.25" drives cage.
Is it worth all the hassle to do this on hardware that'll be replaced within a year anyway? Perhaps at least get a new case first? Obviously my CPU is being cooled just fine, but I'm worried about the GPU cooler as I'm unsure I want to buy another CLC for it. Though I can always just re-install the stock air cooler it came with, but it's loud.
At the same time this could be a good trial run for my first build, I'd plan on using soft tubing just because it's easier (once I have all new hardware I'd want to go for hard tubing and use fittings where any bending is required instead of actually trying to bend the tubes), but would otherwise want to get a good rad (probably EK or Hardware Labs with relatively low fin density so it'll cool pretty well with low rpm fans) and pump+reservoir (no idea, still need to research, open to suggestions) for the longer-term.
In the end, this will be a silence focused build and my understanding is that with a custom loop I should be able to achieve better temps than high-end air cooling at the same noise levels (provided I use good radiator fans of course, such as the Noctua NF-A12x25). Please correct me if I'm wrong though.
Would appreciate any thoughts and feedback.
i7-4790K @ 4.6GHz | Noctua NH-D15 | Asus Z97-Pro | G.Skill Ares 2x8GB DDR3-2400 | EVGA GS 1050W | EVGA GTX 980Ti SC+ with Kraken G10 + Kraken X31 | 480GB SanDisk Extreme Pro | 2x 4TB HGST Deskstar NAS RAID 1 | Corsair 750D | Corsair K70 MX-Brown | Logitech G502 | Acer XB270HU