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I am thinking of purchasing a single bay reservoir for my upcoming build;

http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/EK-Water-Blocks-EK-BAY-SINGLE-RES-Acetal_25341.html

OR

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/alphacool-repack-cooling-slot-black-reserves-and-compensating-reservoir

I like the second, as the bolts match my Elysium's front panel - but I like the top due to the sexy-ass EK logo.

This is to be paired with:
EK Supreme HF - Nickel & Acetal x 1
Laing D5 x 1
Phobya G-Changer 420 x 1
140mm Yate Loons (High-speed) x 3
Koolance 1/2" OD 5/8" OD compression fittings and 7/16" ID, 5/8" OD tubing.

for an overkill CPU only loop with the ability to upgrade when I upgrade my graphics card.

My question is as follows:
I see the Single bay reservoirs have recommended flow rates (1 GPM), I have a feeling a D5 will create a higher flow rate with these components, and I'm wondering if that will matter for the single-bay reservoirs? Will it make them function badly?

Otherwise, I don't want to really be able to see my reservoir, can you recommend me a functional reservoir that is easily hidden and works like a charm? I intend to put a 360 Rad in the front of my case also, so no dual-bay reservoirs!

Thanks guys!
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Bump, I'd really like some help before I go to bed. smile.gif
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If you don't care about seeing your reservoir, why not just go with something like an integrated pump top / reservoir? Something like this?
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Originally Posted by bakageta View Post

If you don't care about seeing your reservoir, why not just go with something like an integrated pump top / reservoir? Something like this?

I have, but my case is pretty much a single chamber, and the only place I could hide it is in the HDD rack, which I intend to fill with a 360 rad some time int he forseeable future.

I am mostly wondering about the viability of those 'flow rates' ont he single-bay res'

but thanks for the suggestion, if I truly can't find out if the single bay res' will suffice, I'll probably use a res-top. smile.gif
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EDIT: my internet is being reaaaal dicky today.
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Got the Alphacool one in my build. It works well but is a pain to prime the loop, mostly because of the long hose I have going from res > pump.

High flow rates are not an issue; I get slightly over 1 GPM and there is no problem with turbulence. The EK one has a baffle plate in which will help a lot with any turbulence issues, but keep your res full and there should not be a problem.

As for the bolts, you can always change them if you want.

The only thing I don't like is the lighting effect; the black Acetal seems to absorb any light so the light looks isolated rather than diffused. I am thinking of getting some UV blue bye and a UV LED instead.
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