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Mounting Res tank - help please (Caselabs s3 loop questions)

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Looking at different res options for my Caselabs S3. Currently planning on using an Apogee Drive 2 & a GPU block (both of which I have) and dual rads. So, I was thinking of mounting a bitspower z-tank, like the 80 version, on the front rad / top fan.

(links for products:
tank: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_318_657&products_id=36017
& mount: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=32626 )

Now, I've never used one of these tanks, so the question is - can I mount it horizontally (i.e. laying on it's side) on the vertical rad (I know it WILL mount, I'm curious as to water flow problems). I want the tank high so the water can flow down to feed the apogee block to aid with priming.

I'm planning the following loop:

Pump / CPU -> GPU -> RAD (top) -> RAD (front) -> RES -> PUMP/CPU
I know the cool air from the front is likely to be best, but this loop would minimize tubing in an ITX case.

Now, as kinda a follow up question 1) thought about adding a third RAD to the rear 120 - but not sure it would do much (or if it would even fit) IF I do, the loop would likely become: Pump / CPU -> (new) RAD 1 (rear) GPU -> RAD 2 (top) -> RAD 3 (FRONT) -> RES -> PUMP/CPU
Thoughts?

And now, my pie-in-the-sky thought is maybe scrap the apogee block (well, sell to someone) and switch it out for a Koolance COV-RP450 Rev. 2.0 w/ a D5 & 80 mil tank and using the new Bitspower AIZ77ITXD as the CPU block. Not sure how much it would help OC / Temps over the Apogee. Not sure if it's worth the $250+ to make it work.

(tank mount)
(http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_439_772&products_id=26481)
(bispower block)
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=38978

Thanks for any thoughts / alternatives.
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No one? Please don't make me draw it - I'm terrible at sketching. biggrin.gif
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Well the new bitspower block is something new, not sure how it will perform. should be fine tho. For question 1 ditch putting the res on the front rad if your getting a 120 for the rear exhaust , put the res on the rear 120.
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Well the new bitspower block is something new, not sure how it will perform. should be fine tho. For question 1 ditch putting the res on the front rad if your getting a 120 for the rear exhaust , put the res on the rear 120.

Thanks for the thought, but I don't think that will work if I go the CPU block - the pump / res combo would be too tall for that location.


I might have asked too many questions. I think my primary question is can the z-tank be mounted horizontally (laying flat) on a vertical rad - where ever it is in the case?
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You can mount it horizontally but you may have problems with air bubbles passing thru and not being caught by the res. could make bleeding the loop more difficult.
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Thought about that -> kinda worried too. What do you think about adding a fill line on a T to the inlet side - might allow the air to gather over time.

The trick, if I keep with my apogee - is trying to have the res above the pump. I also did think about a really short bay res - which might be easier.
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Appreciate any more thoughts. Looks like mounting a tank & using the apogee 2 block isn't going to be as easy as I first thought.
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