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I was researching some things about water cooling and came across something called a Pump-Reservoir. Obviously, it is a pump and reservoir in one but what does it do to help me rather than just having a pump and reservoir? Is there less assembly, or more? Is it more beneficial to have a CPU loop with a separate pump and reservoir and a GPU with the pump-res? Or some other combo of the two, or maybe just one. Just want to get more info and learn about water cooling a little more. Thanks thumb.gif
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Most pumps can be sold by themselves. Common examples are the Linig DDCs and Laing D5s. You can also buy separate reservoirs too. Pump reservoirs combine the two. Basically the top of the pump is removed and the pump is "hooked into" the reservoir. This can save space in your computer and keep the amount of tubing to a minimum. In addition some performance can be gained in some instances too since some pump reservoirs are more efficient at feeding the pump. Take a look at the XSPC reservoirs. They have a very wide selection of many different types.

http://www.xs-pc.com/reservoirs/
    
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I was researching some things about water cooling and came across something called a Pump-Reservoir. Obviously, it is a pump and reservoir in one but what does it do to help me rather than just having a pump and reservoir? Is there less assembly, or more? Is it more beneficial to have a CPU loop with a separate pump and reservoir and a GPU with the pump-res? Or some other combo of the two, or maybe just one. Just want to get more info and learn about water cooling a little more. Thanks thumb.gif

A Pump/reservoir combo is just that, they combine both to make a simpler/smaller unit. Some people like to hide the pump and just show the reservoir. You don't need a dual loop (CPU/GPU seperated), Most people just run a single pump going through multiple blocks and rads without a problem, some people do a dual pump for double head pressure and redundancy. It all depends on your size of case and or build.
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In addition to everything already pointed out, a pump res combo can save also save you the cost of a couple fittings you would need if you had a separate pump and res, which, depending on what type fittings you are using, can be costly.

A pump/res combo (tube or bay) may be more prone to vibration issues though, since there's not always a way to decouple the pump.

For me, whether or not to use a pump/res combo came down mostly to what & where I had room in the case and how I wanted my loop to run/look. That, and the price of the res and pump by themselves and what I could get them for as a combo, also factoring in the combo needed 2 less fittings.
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