Originally Posted by CrookedTail
A full boil is highly recommended, even in extract brewing. Your beers will come out a bit lighter in color, and your hop utilization should improve.
That said you're going to need a wort chiller.
This! I started out doing full boils and I had yet to get a wort chiller. I was doing ice baths in one of those Rubbermaid keg tubs and it would take at least a half an hour to cool the wort enough to pitch the yeast. I then made my own wort chiller after my 3rd brew and my cooling time dropped to about 10 minutes!
As for which is better between full and partial boils, I can't compare as I've only ever done full boils. I just know the brew process is much smoother with my wort chiller!