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Hey guys,

(Sorry for the length of the post but I'm new so yeah >.<)

I recently started putting together my waterloop and I have a few questions and issues. Here's the legend to the drawing of my rig (untitled-1):


1. Phobya G-Changer 420mm Radiator
2. Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 150
3. Alphacool VP665 Pump Variable Speed w/RPM Monitoring attached to an EK D5 X-Top Acetal Pump Top
4. XSPC Raystorm Acetal CPU Block

Firstly my rad is a tad long so regular 1/2 inch barbs doesn't work because it's too tight of a squeeze between the barb and the side-wall of the IO shield area, so I'm going to get a 90 degree fitting to hopefully fix that.
This fitting + my original 1/2" barb should work?

Secondly the spacing between the rad to res and res to pump is a bit tight so I'm a bind on filling and draining. The res I have has 1 holes on one side and 3 on the other. Currently I have it set up for just the 1 hole side as the fluid out and the side with 3 holes as the res intake and fill port. I was thinking of flipping the res so that I would have 3 holes on the bottom and 1 hole on the top then adding a splitter (with a threaded plug so I can add/remove extra tubing) so I could then add the fill port along with the rad to res inlet. While on the bottom of the res I would have to res to pump port, an extra port, and a port to drain the res. The drain port would have a quick disconnect so I can add/remove the extra tubing as well. Would that work? See second picture, untitled-2.



Legend for 2nd picture (untitled-2):
#2 Sealing Plug
#4 Y-Splitter
#6 Quick Disconnect connected to another #2

Or...should I keep the current orientation of the res the same, 3 inlet top and 1 outlet) and add a splitter and quick disconnect for the drain, and a threaded plug for the fill? Would this work better than the scenario above? Kinda the inverted of the second picture.

The res I'm using also came with a metal internal tube thing that looks like a ring sizer...what's that for? And how much of the res should I have full when the loop is all done and running? Testing it I had it pretty much almost maxed out and covering a bit of the inlet port anti-cyclone port thing.

I also have an AeroCool Touch 2000 Fan controller that I'm using and was wondering could I hook that up to the pump on full blast and use it to control the speed? I assume the RPM monitoring lead plugs into the motherboard in place of a CPU fan? Controlling it via the fan controller isn't necessary if it'll hurt the pump but would be easier.

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated! It's been a hard but fun learning experience so far. Thanks!
     
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Bump. Anyone? Just wanna know so I can get the parts asap and get the build completed.
     
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Almost 100 views but nothing? =\ Bump again! /shame.

I know i can't control the pump with my fan controller cuz the wattage is too low.
     
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I find it hard to understand your OP and I guess i'm not the only one.
You should simplify to one question per thread.
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Your fan controller will burn if you connect a D5 pump to it, according to specifications it can only handle 6 W per channel : http://www.aerocool.us/peripheral/touch2000.htm
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Your fan controller will burn if you connect a D5 pump to it, according to specifications it can only handle 6 W per channel : http://www.aerocool.us/peripheral/touch2000.htm

Anything you would suggest to connect to the pump to make controlling the speed easier?
     
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Anything you would suggest to connect to the pump to make controlling the speed easier?

If I remember correctly a D5 uses about 30 W so most fan controllers can't handle it. There are pump controllers by Koolance and Aquacomputer that can handle it but if really need to control a D5 then easiest way would be to buy a D5 that has power control built in, there is PWM controlled version by Swiftech and USB controlled version by Aquacomputer
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Feedback also indicates that most D5 owners are happy with setting the speed level of the pump to a level of noise/vibration that can tolerate, and forget about it. Tuning the speed of the pump shouldn't have the same performance impact on cooling as tuning a fan's speed, as the pump in only there to send the water from a hot point (blocks) to a cold point (rads), and send it back to the cold points.
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Okay thanks. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to route the tubing. I hear it isn't kosher to run tubing across my GPU from the pump to the CPU block lol
     
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If I remember correctly a D5 uses about 30 W so most fan controllers can't handle it. There are pump controllers by Koolance and Aquacomputer that can handle it but if really need to control a D5 then easiest way would be to buy a D5 that has power control built in, there is PWM controlled version by Swiftech and USB controlled version by Aquacomputer

The Lamptron line has a few controllers rated at and above 30w per channel. But mainly, you dont need to have a variable water flow. Just set it to get you 1 to 1.5 gpm and forget about it. If you dont want noise from your pump, learn to properly decouple it from your case.
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