Wow thanks for the link to that threat FunwithOC! Don't know how I missed that. It's beautiful.
I'm not married to the idea of an inbay res/pump, but I figured that would do away the potential problem of having to relocate my hard drives (shame on me for not mounting the SSD behind the mobo, it's on the to-do list). I didn't even realize that it's possible to mount the hard drive bay closer to the PSU - that looks like the solution. That lets me use the front for a rad as well....
I had planned on buying high end radiators, as I know that's one of the most important parts to the cooling system.
Is there any type of formula used to calculate the actual amount of radiator needed for an individual setup? I found this link: http://daemonkin.hubpages.com/hub/Choosing-a-radiator-for-pc-watercooling
but math was never my strong suit, and I'm a few beers in right now lol. I'm sure there must be some type of tool on the web that does this.
About my cables, they are actually sleeved (poor picture I know), they are the "metallic graphite" color from Corsair. I have a black extension for the 24 pin but haven't installed it yet. Thinking about routing them up from the bottom.... the power connectors on these cards are not in a very good place.