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Building my first ever loop. I come from a race car background so trying to carry some of that over.

I have 2 systems that will be built into a desk in fairly close proximity of each other. I would like for each to have a pump an reservoir, but i was thinking about using 1 larger radiator and let them share it.

Obviously a car runs 1 radiator with multiple lines going to different places before dumping into 1 line an returning to the rad.

In typing this now i begin to wonder why you need a reservoir if you have a full radiator?

I now think to myself why wouldn't you want a radiator with a line dedicated to each component? It would seem to me if you ran a line through more than one thing without returning to the radiator each time then the first stop gets cool water, second stop gets luke warm water an stop 3 gets warm water?

Sorry for my rambling, feel free to correct me if I'm way out in left field but i don't believe i am?
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post #2 of 18
You mean a series vs parallel?

Check out this thread, its quite informative.
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Using automotive concept won't work with WC PC components. In a car, you're using a variable speed pump and cooling off components at pressure and temps that PC components would never see (running 180-220F with 12-18 PSI pressure is normal for a car, but not PC parts)

As for your setup, it sound too elaborate to run two systems into one loop with a single radiator.
     
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Thats a lot of info to take in. Regardless of my above ramble, can someone answer the original question came to ask. Would running 1 larger radiator to 2 loops work rather than having to separate radiators?
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As for your setup, it sound too elaborate to run two systems into one loop with a single radiator.
Too elaborate?
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Sure it can work but depends on the number of waterblocks and the radiator size and cooling capacity, also you only need 1 reservoir, you can cool 2 cpus and 2 cards with a 580mm rad.
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You don't "need" a rez. It just makes filling and getting the air out easier.

While your thinking is commendable, it's wrong. The water in a loop, anywhere in the loop, has a temp variation of less than 0.5°F (1/2°F!) and typically 0.25°F.

WC systems, as opposed to auto systems, use much higher flow rates (relatively) for water (and air).

Also, running the water blocks in series, instead of parallel, avoids the problem of unequal restrictions causing unexpected flow rates. The same holds for multi-rad systems.

What kind of race cars?
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post #8 of 18
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Thanks for the replies. I guess I'm seeing things as putting more heat in the water then just a constant cool water flowing over them.

I understand the rez is just for bleeding an filling. But why wouldn't they just make radiators with a bleeder valve and fill cap?

Billbartuska - i've driven about everything. mostly sprint cars.
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Older rads like the thermochill and feser had bleed caps but where discontinued, Swiftech has a rad with a resevoir incoporated but you have to fill it vertically, most people mount rads on top so filling it would be extremely difficult.

Its easier to have the res on top of the pump .
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post #10 of 18
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With it being built into a desk i actually have a lot of room to work with.

I posted this yesterday trying to get some help an ideas but nobody really wanted to offer an advice
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