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Im replacing my x20 750 with a DDC-1T MCP350 so i need a new res.... i was browsing through Frozen CPU and saw this one: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13125/ex-res-272/Phobya_Acrylic_Dual_525_Bay_Reservoir_-_Black_45201.html#blank
I really like the look of it, is it a good quality res? i like it beacuse it shows the coolant but also has a nice and simple faceplate. should i go with this, or is there something better? I can only use a bay res due to size constraints.
    
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I haven't used that specific res, but I have used other Phobya products and they always seem to be top quality to me. I don't see why their reservoirs would be any different. At one time they were one of the only brands enthuesiet water coolers used. Much like how XFX used to be much bigger in the GPU department.
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Alright thanks. Also, what would be considered the "best" bay res? my guess is they would be more or less the same, since all they do is hold the water...
    
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http://www.koolance.com/water-cooling/product_info.php?product_id=2025

I've never seen one as highly regarded as these koolance ones, although they look a little gimmicky to me, as with most koolance stuff, but that's a personal thing tongue.gif

You're pretty much right though, they are all mostly the same, just have different looks. Some have features for LED's or dual pump configurations though, but I would really stick with well known brands, since they are made of acrylic and you want to ensure high end quality parts.
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I just ordered a MCP-355 to replace my x20 750, so I'm in a similar situation. Are you planning on getting a top for yours? I am debating what to do myself.

I was thinking about just getting the XSPC Acrylic Dual 5.25in Reservoir for One Laing DDC. I'm not sure yet though, that would probably be the easiest option for me, I wouldn't need to find a place to put the pump that way.
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I've always liked the XSPC bay reservoirs, inexpensive, and good performers too. The newer ones come with a nice bolt on faceplate, unlike the stick on one the older ones had (mine fell off lachen.gif ). Sturdy things the res itself tho, I'm a clumsy one and it's never dripped a drop even with my rough handling.
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I just ordered a MCP-355 to replace my x20 750, so I'm in a similar situation. Are you planning on getting a top for yours? I am debating what to do myself.
I was thinking about just getting the XSPC Acrylic Dual 5.25in Reservoir for One Laing DDC. I'm not sure yet though, that would probably be the easiest option for me, I wouldn't need to find a place to put the pump that way.

Im in the same situation. I cant decide if i should get that XSPC one or just separate it. I have a small case so that's also a concern. I don't like the XSPC one because it dosent look very nice, also i read it amplifies the pump noise. So something to think about.
I am getting a top for mine, i forget which one but it has threaded g1/4 on it so i can change the barbs and its clear acryllic.

I think i might just get the Phobya and the pump top, and mount the pump elsewhere.
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Im in the same boat. I cant decide if i should get that XSPC one or just separate it. I have a small case so that's also a concern. I don't like the XSPC one because it dosent look very nice, also i read it amplifies the pump noise. So something to think about.
I am getting a top for mine, i forget which one but it has threaded g1/4 on it so i can change the barbs and its clear acryllic.

Yeah, I'm using a mid-tower, so space is at a premium. If I seperate the pump from the res, the only place I can think to put it is where I want to add another radiator, that's why I'm leaning toward the drive bay solution.

I was hoping by having the pump in the res, it would help with the noise level a bit, not sure why I was thinking that.
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Yeah, I'm using a mid-tower, so space is at a premium. If I seperate the pump from the res, the only place I can think to put it is where I want to add another radiator, that's why I'm leaning toward the drive bay solution.
I was hoping by having the pump in the res, it would help with the noise level a bit, not sure why I was thinking that.

the pump is actually pretty small, i found a place to mount mine (I hope it fits, it should). I would go with the pump inside the res but i hate pump noises, and pump inside is actually pretty ugly (like the x20 750)
    
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I've had experience with the XSPC dual bay res and can say that I loved it. Very Very will made. You cant really go wrong though. alot of these res' have had the chance to mature and acquire good reviews when needed.

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