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If i have a 240mm radiator and a 360mm radiator would i be fine with a small reservoir. I would be cooling 2X gtx 680 and an i5 3570k @ 4.5Ghz.

The 240mm radiator will be fairly thick as it would be bottom mounted.
post #2 of 10
The size of the reservoir is unimportant. In fact you don't even need a reservoir, a lot of people used to run with T-lines.

A reservoir helps with filling and bleeding and also allows for evaporation (water does evaporate very slowly through the tubing).


So yes, you will be fine with a small res.
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I stole this from Heatsink Factory:

"Your pc water cooling reservoir capacity is an important variable in your liquid cooling system. The computer water cooling reservoir size determines the overall cooling capacity of your water cooled system. Increasing the reservoir size increases the amount of water in the system which allows for greater heat dissipation."

My guess is that you could run two loops, one for each radiator, and have two small reservoirs. However with everything in one loop I would use a medium to large sized reservoir.
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Originally Posted by cljordan View Post

I stole this from Heatsink Factory:

"Your pc water cooling reservoir capacity is an important variable in your liquid cooling system. The computer water cooling reservoir size determines the overall cooling capacity of your water cooled system. Increasing the reservoir size increases the amount of water in the system which allows for greater heat dissipation."

I'm sorry, but that is absolute bull.

The amount of water you have in your system does not significantly change the ability to dissipate heat, the only thing it changes is the time it takes to reach steady state.

The reason they say that is to encourage you to buy a bigger, and therefore more expensive, reservoir.
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post #5 of 10
GingerJohn's advice sounds solid. Maybe I just like large resevoirs for the cool factor biggrin.gif
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I run a dual bay res because its the easiest way to fill and bleed the system.
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post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by GingerJohn View Post

The size of the reservoir is unimportant. In fact you don't even need a reservoir, a lot of people used to run with T-lines.

A reservoir helps with filling and bleeding and also allows for evaporation (water does evaporate very slowly through the tubing).


So yes, you will be fine with a small res.



So if i could find a proper way to fill it i dont need a reservoir?
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So if i could find a proper way to fill it i dont need a reservoir?

Correct.

Back in the day a lot of people ran a T line. Just a simple T piece fillting and a length of tube coming off it, usually right before the pump.

You hold the tube vertical, fill with water, run the pump for a second, refil the tube and repeat.

It can take a while to fill and bleed the loop with a T line, a res makes things a lot easier.
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Correct.

Back in the day a lot of people ran a T line. Just a simple T piece fillting and a length of tube coming off it, usually right before the pump.

You hold the tube vertical, fill with water, run the pump for a second, refil the tube and repeat.

It can take a while to fill and bleed the loop with a T line, a res makes things a lot easier.

Ahh the days of T lines. Thankfully will never go back to doing that again
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Ahh the days of T lines. Thankfully will never go back to doing that again


Well maybe ill live through those days here soon. I dont really have a place to hide a reservoir without running the whole loop behind my 5.25" bays. Which house my harddrives, and behind them is a lot of cables.
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