Wow. Rarely do I actually observe people respond, categorically, to my overly excited rants...
That being said, thank you for taking the time! Definitely helpful! I finally took the time, due to inability to sleep, to price out the loop, ugh, I was avoiding that because I knew it would be ridiculous, but it is better than the $1,000+ I was expecting, ~$800 for an awesome loop, not a terribly horrible solution, it could be worse.
I have not settled on fittings just yet, as I am not certain as to what I will need for sure just yet, so the price is a high estimate, I am thinking it will be closer to $720/750.
So, when all is said and done, I will be into this about $2,000, not considering the components I already own, which, well, is laughable when I consider just your fantastically 'overpriced', Nvidia-rape Titans...
I too have headphones that are USB and bypass my sound card, but I prefer the surround they provide for gaming as opposed to the positional sound of my speakers. I am able to identify directional sound much better with the headphones than the speakers, probably due to the horrific acoustics of my tile-floored room, in conjunction with a complete inability to get the speakers mounted evenly, and my big ears probably don't help either.
Anyhow, I opted for just cooking with dual 655's, for posterity's sake. My main motivation for the dual pumps is failure. I know these pumps have a high reliability, but so do hard drives, and they fail... I tend to let my computer run quite a lot, and I would hate to wake up to a failed pump and burnt CPU/GPU's, to me, the extra $80 is very well worth the investment.
I am hoping that I made some good choices regarding the rads and the blocks. I read in several places that XSPC Raystorm CPU blocks are about the best price/performance. The Alphacool rads look great, being full copper, and 60mm's thick instead of the standard 35mm's.
Alphacool UT60 280mm&420mm
2xMCP655's (Special Edition with G1/4 threaded fittings)
2xAlphacool NVXP GTX680
Phobya Balancer 150 Res
I have yet to settle on tubing, I have some 1/2-3/4 clear tubing I picked up for $3 at Menards, pretty good bends without kinking, and I read that a couple people have been using it with a kill coil/silver bullet and it has gotten slightly milky after six months, which I am fine with. So provided that the compression fittings hold tight I will probably just stick with that. Unless anybody has logical objections...
I am also curious as to what fans you are going to employ? I am looking at either Noctua NF-A14's, or Akasa AK-FN063's.
That being said, everything is still relatively 'fluid' at this point, and I am open to suggestions. Again, being new to this game I am really playing it by ear as it were, and willing to run with any changes, provided they are reasonable.
I was also wondering if anybody knows if the silver bullet or a kill coil contains a greater volume of silver. I would assume that the kill coil does, but I take issue with something floating around in the res, that could potentially flow into the tubing. That being said, I am sure I could easily reshape it to prevent such a thing from happening.
Hopefully I can get several opinions flowing in, as I prefer to have options for evaluation, as any opinions on the net must be taken with a grain of salt, or a couple pounds in some cases...
Thank you to anybody willing to offer up advice!
My only concern is the motherboard at this point, just hoping I can find it before they are gone and forced to wait on the second run, not that big of a deal, just excited to get this started...
Again, thanks for your thorough response, it is truly appreciated!