Need help choosing between 2 kits

Sesameopen

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Hi, I am torn between these two kits

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CEHGOFC/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20835/ex-wat-263/XSPC_Raystorm_750_AX240_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_New_Rev_4_Pump_Included_w_Free_Dead-Water.html?tl=g59c683s2174#blank


I know the XSPC one will perform better but I like the bigwater because of its looks and simplicity.
I will only be cooling a cpu and it is currently a 4770k overclocked to 4 ghz. I have an nzxt phantom 410 case. Price isn't that important but I would like to keep it as low as possible.

Any suggestions are welcomed.

Thanks,
Sesameopen
 

4Ryan6

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Read this before you decide the XSPC kit has the reservoir with the pump sealed inside, avoid that pump/reservoir style like the plague! (Do not get the pump sealed inside the reservoir model)

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2196038/air-cooling-water-cooling-things.html

As far as the Thermaltake Big Water there's no way I would buy that, you'd be much better off with a Corsair H100i and I don't normally ever recommend a CLC cooler.

A much better XSPC 240 kit, with a variable speed D5 pump and the Raystorm CPU water block, I personally recommend this kit as it has expandability if you decide to expand it later as the Corsair H100i, does not.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/23377/ex-wat-298/XSPC_Raystorm_RX240_V3_Extreme_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_w_D5_Photon_and_Free_Dead-Water.html

And the Corsair H100i.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17765/ex-wat-236/Corsair_Hydro_Series_H100i_High_Performance_Dual_Radiator_CPU_Cooler_CW-9060009-WW_-_Sockets_LGA_775_1155_1156_1366_2011_AM2_AM2_AM3.html?tl=g30c83s1593
 

Sesameopen

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Well I already use a corsair h100 and I am not a fan of the aesthetics. So I was looking into the next level of open loops.

I kinda like the pump in resovoir because I really don't know where to mount the resovoir. What would be your suggestion for a decently priced open loop then?
 

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You kinda left out you were already running an H100? :pfff:

I posted an XSPC kit recommendation.

The pump inside the reservoir is bad because if it fails you have to RMA the entire pump/reservoir unit, you cannot remove and replace the pump yourself, so you are completely dead in the water unless you have a backup alternative CPU cooler.

The pump is also a fixed flow rate, so if you need more increased flow rate to cover any flow restrictive add ons, well to bad, so sad.

A variable speed pump is always the better option.

 

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