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H100 took too long. Bought a newbie EK kit as shown in my sig rig. Everything has been set up, no more air bubbles etc. I just have a few questions that need to be addressed:

1) What is the significance of the reservoir size? Bigger = Better cooling? Bigger = Less refills?

2) Does tubing length make a difference to cooling? Ie. The hot water gets a longer tube length for better heat dissipation & cooled water gets shortest tubing.
Or do I just cut shortest tubes possible?

3) Being a 240mm rad, should I have half the fans being set to push/pull & the other half pull/push?

4) Should I decide to upgrade the kit in the future, which are the most important parts?

Lastly, if you have any personal tips, just shoot them. My goal is to familiarize myself asap.
    
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1) Doesn't really matter. The water level will go down very gradually, but not enough that a huge reservoir is necessary. Also, a large reservoir makes filling the loop easier.

2) Generally opting for short tubing is better since you'll get better flow rates/less restriction. Tubing won't dissipate heat well, anyway.

3) Put the two fans on the same side in the same configuration.

Push | Push
-RADIATOR-
Pull | Pull

4) What pump are you using? If you add blocks in the future, you may want to upgrade the pump and add another radiator.
Edited by t-ramp - 7/30/11 at 6:28am
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water cooling guide in sig as well as the water cooling sticky thread as well as other water cooling info.
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