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I have an custom external box for my rad, res, pump, and switches(power). Is there any such thing as to much tubing? I ask this because im looking to move my external box in such a way that i will need prob 30-40 feet.
My pump is the mcp655 and im told its a very strong pump. So would this work or should i reconsider?

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post #2 of 12
I would definitely consider two or even three pumps. Pushing water over that much distance is gonna be positively difficult for a single pump to handle, in my opinion.
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The MCP655 may not have enough pressure to push the water across 40 feet and through blocks and rads. One possible option would be to use multiple pumps in series throughout the loop, such as getting another MCP655 and putting it mid-loop to ensure optimal water flow.
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post #4 of 12
I just don't think an MCP-655 is going to have the power to handle moving water over that distance. You could look at multiple pumps, or you could go with a single more powerful pump. I know there was someone who built a geothermal loop (seen here) that used an Iwaki MD-30RZT, which handled a much larger loop. You may be able to get something like an MD-20RZT which would be better suited to your setup. It's a fairly large pump, but you could easily locate it with the rest of the external components, rather than in the PC.
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post #5 of 12
a 655 has 10feet of head pressure so theirs no way it could do 30-40feet you would need like 4 or 5 of them in series or a stronger pump not made for water cooling maybe.
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post #6 of 12
I would try it. If the flow is too low, you can simply add another pump in series.
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post #7 of 12
The whole point of a pump is to provide a difference in pressure. As somebody cited above, your pump can evert enough pressure to push a vertical 10 feet of water, relative to the pump.

pressure before a water block will be higher than after the block. Same goes for tubing; as water flows down the tube, pressure is lost. I don't know exact numbers, but i'm fairly certain head loss (pressure loss) for water blocks is much more significant than tubing. Assuming you're entire system is the same elevation, i'd suspect you'd need 2-3 pumps to push your system, depending on how many blocks you have.

Now if you're radbox is in the basement, add 1 pump for every 10 feet of vertical displacement your box needs to push.

And although waterblocks/radiators are rated for very high pressures, it'd suggest you not put all the pumps in once spot in your loop, spread them out. Goodluck! biggrin.gif
post #8 of 12
Imho you can try, if the flow will be very low you can add another pump.

BTW Have you thought about central heating pump? biggrin.gif
post #9 of 12
Get a high flow aquarium or fountain pump and call it a day
They generally cheaper for the amount of head pressure they provide compared to a watercooling pump with the same specs
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Originally Posted by Halostryker View Post

Get a high flow aquarium or fountain pump and call it a day
They generally cheaper for the amount of head pressure they provide compared to a watercooling pump with the same specs
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Most aquarium pumps have high flow and low pressure and are not suitable for watercooling. Some, however, do have high pressure and will work very well for this type of thing.
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