Looks good Steve. Yeah its a tough choice between a tight loop and flexibility. You don't want the tubing moving around too much, as you can accidentally loosen a connection to a barb, etc (I had a swivel connector that loosened when I moved stuff a bit).
This is a hard drive to USB converter. The kit comes with an IDE/SATA/Floppy connector cable, with a USB connector at the end. It also comes with a molex/SATA power cable for the hard drive, which will also power a pump....and it has a handy on-off switch to boot!
Here is a picture or two to illustrate:
Much cheaper than a PSU (unless you have an old PSU around), and you also have an adapter kit to use for diagnosing and recovering folks' hard drives.
That looks like a handy device, and since it has an on/off switch, would be perfect for initial setup of a loop.
You folks won't get too much pushback from me WRT tight vrs loose loops. I much prefer a tight loop, and may shoot for one the next time I redo this loop, but this time I opted for ease of use, especially since I've no idea of how much a PITA a WC'd SLI rig is going to be.
Here's a link to the search I used, there are a couple more in there of similar designs. Ideally, if you could find just the bare plugs you can purchase whatever colour wire you want and they just clip in place, it's a simple as that. (I'd check out places that sell sleeving products.... ).
edit: 22hrs+ leaktesting... I think I'll stick a fork in it and call it done..... The Res height came in exactly as I'd envisioned it... with the door on, and looking slightly down from the top, I can easily make out the "bubbling" water in order to verify a functioning loop.
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