thx for the further replies everyone, i really do appreciate the info.
i have no preferences for fittings i just want to use what works properly as meant to be. im only cooling my cpu but i like really low temps so it should be a simple task. however...
im strongly considering making everything external
, rad, pump, res, and that way maintenance will be easier. Im thinking about either getting an acrylic htpc case and gutting it and custom mounting the WC equipment and have the box sit next to my pc. that way i can pick high performance stuff and not worry about size limitations. or ill fabricate something out of lexan or something and get some panels and cut em myself.
ill use quick disconnects for where the loop enters the case and then goes to the cpu block, which is the only thing im cooling.
soo, with an EXTERNAL cooling situation in mind, i want a monster of a rad, a crazy powerful pump, and as large a reservoir possible. budget isnt much of an issue as ive got a birthday coming january 24th and work is going well so i got some cash to throw at this to do it right.