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Reservoir location in the HAF XB: Is low positioning acceptable?

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I've done a little searching here and there, but I wanted to get some more specific responses from some forum members.

I will be getting an HAF XB for Christmas (with my bonus!) I currently have a MCP-655, XSPC Raystorm Acytel/Copper block, RS240 radiator and a Swiftech Microres 2.

Looking at everything from all angles, it seems like the Swiftech Microres will not fit in the case without doing some serious cutting, modding. Since I won't be needing the 2.5" HDD cage on the lower level of the HAF XB, I'll free up room for my pump. After a bit of research, it seems like the XSPC Laing D5 Tank Reservior will be a viable solution for the tight space.

Doing this will not be particularly difficult and it will be very budget friendly.....but I've never had a reservoir at such a low point in the loop. Does anyone have some insight/advice/info that can help me with this? Will it just be a nuisance while filling/emptying my loop? Should I extend the fill port to a higher point?

Any information is much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
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The fill port should definitely be at the highest point. But you don't have to use the res as a fill port.You can put a fill port anywhere you want in the loop.Just get a T fitting and a cap fitting to close back your fill port.
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The fill port should definitely be at the highest point. But you don't have to use the res as a fill port.You can put a fill port anywhere you want in the loop.Just get a T fitting and a cap fitting to close back your fill port.

This does not resemble my experience. My res is directly below the out port for my rad. As such, it definitely is not the highest point, yet I fill the loop through the fill port in the res.

As we are talking about a closed loop, you are not going to automatically get water flowing out of the fill port just because it is lower than some components, especially when it is idle.

It does make bleeding a bit more problematic, and you either need a bleed valve on your highest component (there is one on my Thermochill rad) or the ability to turn the case to make the air leave the component.

This is based on my personal experience. I have no technical site to point you to.
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Bah! I guess you could put your fill port anywhere in your loop. But why make things complicated?
It just makes it easier for everything to have the fill port up high, no?
All we are talking about here is a T fitting and a piece of hose.

Mind you, I prefer my rez in a 5.25 bay up top. Just easier that way, and I like the look of a bay rez.

I like to change coolant twice a year so I also have a drain port at the bottom too. Just makes everything easier and it's cheap.
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Originally Posted by PepeLapiu View Post

Bah! I guess you could put your fill port anywhere in your loop. But why make things complicated?
It just makes it easier for everything to have the fill port up high, no?
All we are talking about here is a T fitting and a piece of hose.
Mind you, I prefer my rez in a 5.25 bay up top. Just easier that way, and I like the look of a bay rez.
I like to change coolant twice a year so I also have a drain port at the bottom too. Just makes everything easier and it's cheap.

True enough. When I used the term "fill port" I was really referring to the opening int he res itself that you put water in, which is a different thing.

Sorry for the confusion.
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