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post #1 of 13
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Before i start, i'd like to say, i know more about rocket science than i do water cooling, so bear with me redface.gif

I in the process of putting together a new build and have been tossing around the idea of water cooling it. That being said, i was browsen frozencpu and got a bit confused/curious.

Before i go any further, Case is 650D, proc will be Ivy 3770k and GPU is HD 7950 not sure if ill be cooling both though.
Concerning rads, I was thinking a 240 at the top and a 200 in the front (but thats not what this thread is about wink.gif )

Okay, back on topic, what i really wanna know is, whats the diffence between these Pump/Reservoir combos i found on frozencpu? ( note: i picked these purely based on looks.

FrozenQ Liquid Fusion Dual Bay Reservoir w/ Swiftech MCP35x Series Pump Installed
FrozenQ Liquid Fusion Dual Bay Reservoir w/ Swiftech MCP655 Series Pump Installed
Koolance RP-401X2 Single 5.25" Reservoir for 1-2 PMP-400 Pumps
XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir - Laing D5 / MCP655 w/ Blue LED Light - Clear / Silver / Black
XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir - w/ Alphacool VPP655 Variable Speed Pump Installed

Are any of these decent for what im thinking of doing? Or is there a standard go-to pump and res everyone likes?

Also, Is there any significant difference between Pump/Reservoir combos and individually set up Pump and Reservoir?

Thanks everyone smile.gif
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Hello,

The first two choices are the same dual bay (meaning it takes up two 5.25 device spaces) res with different pumps. The first pump is the smaller 35x with pwm speed control, a good pump but it can run hot. The second pump is a 655, a very good pump. It looks like your choices 4 and 5 are also using the same pump rebranded. I'm not familiar with your 3rd selection but it only uses one bay, maybe someone else can enlighten us teaching.gif

I don't think there is a standard res people use, all your picks are good choices for a GPU/CPU/rad/rad loop, methinks thumb.gif

Edit: Good resource here http://martinsliquidlab.org/category/pumps/
Edited by gelatin_factory - 2/15/12 at 4:58pm
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Sweet so all of them look like decent choices then? Thats cool, smile.gif also is there any difference in getting a pump res combo vs getting them separately?

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post #4 of 13
If you get a bayres combo you'll use less fittings and tubing, some prefer that look others don't me being one but there isn't really any huge differences with either. You'll get more or less similar flow and head rates.
post #5 of 13
I personaly like the ability to chose my pump tops, and have a seperate res. As allready said though - pump/res. combos save a lot of space. Unless you really NEED that extra bit of pump power, go with the combo.
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Thanks for the replies guys! Any pump/res combo suggestions then for the purposed setup?
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The Koolance RP-401X2 is what I would buy. I have the RP-402X2, which kind of sucks. However the new revision of the RP-401X2 fixes pretty much everthing I don't like about the RP-402X2. Even though the RP-402X2 has its flaws I almost never use tube reservoirs anymore. They just take up too much room.
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I have the 401x2 (rev 1.0) and the 452x2 (rev 1.3) and am really happy with them both. Currently I have the 452x2 in my system with the 401x2 shelved as the backup..

At some point I will get the one more threaded male VL3N QDC I need to be able to just swap them out without draining/refilling. Then I will be able to tell which gets the better flow rates in my current setup.

But in my experience they both work well.

Note that if you are thinking of a 452x2 they are at rev 2.0 with is a very similar design to the 401x2.
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I like the 5.25" from XSPC, I have it in my Elysium and it looks awesome in it. Handles my CPU (w3680) and my chipset/vrms nicely.

I just purchased this for my 2nd water cool project, EK usually makes good products so I have high hopes it will do what I want it to.

Also, if you order from FrozenCPU use the code 'xtreme' to get 5.1% off. Saved me $36 earlier on my order.
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So what would an average cost be just for a cpu loop with a ek240 up top?
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