Would you prioritize the block or fittings when planning the budget?
I know a lot of you folks have plenty of first-hand experience with planning your custom loops, cpu blocks, fittings, etc., so I was wondering if I could pick your minds on which parts you'd allocate more towards. I had initially planned for a Magnitude block with Torque fittings as soon as I saw the alleged CES rumours that they're bringing new tech, thinking I would just slowly gather parts over a couple of months. Sadly I've already overspent a bit on some of the parts and even then it's way more than I would have anticipated. I've already gotten a few of the necessary parts: pump/res, radiator, external PSU (btw the external PSU design is pretty terrible, there is no switch and the molex socket is way too stiff).
The main options would be:
-save a bit on the block and go for a classic velocity block + torque fittings
-HK IV copper block and Barrow fittings + adapters.
I've read that Bitspower are very reliable, but the amount of adapters I'd need puts it way out of my budget range. I would need 2x 90°, 2x 45° adapters, a 3-way splitter, 2x extenders and a lot of regular fittings. I've narrowed it down to these mostly because I can find most parts in the same place, otherwise the shipping costs would probably be equivalent to the regular fittings'.
One of the challenges is that the pump can only be mounted on one side so I really don't have options that would eliminate the need of some adapters. The pump is longer than anticipated so I'm not sure if it actually fits under the gpu, the reservoir is 150ml and it definitely goes over the GPU height. The only other option is mounting it parallel on the case side panel.
I've read plenty of xtremerigs/techpowerup reviews, but all of them use Intel CPU's for testing. Zen 2's layout is completely different so I'm pretty sure the cold-plates would behave differently. I was hoping some 3900X/3950X users could offer some advice on what's worked for them. Again I'd be grateful for some insight!
I've made a quick draft below, though I'm not sure if it's clear enough, my drawing skills aren't great.