dya have the 8150 ? if not then save that cash and shoot for intel then and yeah you'll understand where the money went
plus you can crank the intel setup nicely...
Edit:i just found the time to re-read the entire thread. Thanks to modo for the mention
wouldn't advise anyone to mod a closed loop cooler...rather save yourself the burden and go full on custom or just look at an entry level kit.
@ OP - might want to look at my AMS prjkt to understand what I'm moving out of and moving into in terms of a watercooling loop.