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I am looking at water cooling next month and I wanted to know how big of a reservoir should i get if I am cooling both my CPU and GPU?
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post #2 of 13
I'd grab a simple Swiftech MCRES Micro Rev2 Reservoir as it is a cheap and versatile choice for basic gpu / cpu loops. I've been using mine for 2 years and couldn't be happier with it. It also lights up really well with LED stop fittings.

Happy hunting. smile.gif
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post #3 of 13
^ Agreed. i have a swiftech micro res and i really like it. one thing i noticed tho the second time i used the res in a larger loop, was that filling/bleeding takes a lot longer with such a small res.

but back in the day, we just used a t fitting and a short bit of tubing as a res... so the micro res is a lot better than that haha!
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post #4 of 13
The bigger the res, the easier the bleed.
unless you're hurting for space there's no real reason to go with that tiny res being suggested.
post #5 of 13
Anything in the ballpark of 200ml is enough for easy fills and bleeds. However, res is a big part of aesthetics of your build, so why go fugly if you go water?
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post #7 of 13
I have that same XSPC res and filling/bleeding the first time was actually a pain in the ass for me. Res was full but the pump kept running dry, not sure why since I didn't want to open up the res to check how everything flows.

I say get any reservoir that looks best to you. A small res just makes bleeding harder since the bubbles are likely to get sucked back up before they reach the top, but in that case I think you can fix that by just slowing down the pump.
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post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by sanitarium View Post

The bigger the res, the easier the bleed.
unless you're hurting for space there's no real reason to go with that tiny res being suggested.

Here are 5 valid reasons:

1.) The Swiftech MCRES Micro Rev2 is currently the best selling reservoir in the world.
2.) It is one of the cheapest reservoirs commercially available.
3.) It fits in virtually any build and has 4 ports making it exceptionally adaptable to suit any configuration.
4.) Its smaller size saves money on coolant and additives.
5.) Leaks from high capacity reservoirs can be devastating due to the overwhelming volume of liquid involved in the spill.

It all comes down to personal preference. My suggestion was based strictly on the OP's stated requirements and his small mid tower XION AXP910-001RD AXP910 CyborGX case.
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I have that same XSPC res and filling/bleeding the first time was actually a pain in the ass for me. Res was full but the pump kept running dry, not sure why since I didn't want to open up the res to check how everything flows.

I say get any reservoir that looks best to you. A small res just makes bleeding harder since the bubbles are likely to get sucked back up before they reach the top, but in that case I think you can fix that by just slowing down the pump.

When bleeding the system you want to keep the Res lid open so the air will filter out. When you keep it closed it just fills with air
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post #10 of 13
If you want REALLY easy to bleed, do what I did and have a cylinder res inside the case, feeding a bay Res which feeds the pump. The cylinderres gets rid of the extra air, so that you can literally have it bled the same time you have finished filling it. You just unscrew a top side plug on the cylinder res to release the air.
   
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