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Water loop direction and the use of a tube reservoir with multiple inlet and outlets

post #1 of 25
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Hello,

I have a question about my planned loop layout.

Quick watercooling parts list:

CPU Block: Apogee Drive II
GPU Block: EK full cover 780ti waterblock w optional backplate
2x Alphacool Nexxos UT60's mounted at top and bottom of a 900d chassis
Monsoon Series 2 Bay Res w/ Integrated D5 Pump
EK Multioption x3 Tube Res 250ml w/ multiport top and two internal acrylic tubes attached
Aquacomputer flow sensor

BTW: I know that I have two different pumps in the same loop, and I have been assured that it does not lessen performance.


I have both a bay res and a tube res (which is for aesthetics). In the interest of not having a long line running across the entire system, I plan to use the tube res as a sort of central hub from which tubing is sent to the various components. My proposed loop order is: Bay Res(w/ pump) ---> Top inlet port on tube res ---> from bottom tube res outlet port to bottom rad ---> bottom rad to gpu ---> GPU to top rad ---> top rad to CPU ---> CPU to bottom tube res inlet ---> top tube res outlet to bay res inlet. I hope this is clear enough.

My concern is the flow of the water. I cannot seem to visualize it in my head, but could having two inlets and two outlets on a tube res create problems with regard to water flow? Does anyone see an issue with the way that I have proposed to setup my looop?

Thanks for any help, and I am more than willing to provide more details/pictures if needed.

-Carson
  
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post #2 of 25
Draw a sketch.I don't think what you envision will work.
The water won't flow through the rads and blocks, only one rez to the other rez and back.
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post #3 of 25
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Draw a sketch.I don't think what you envision will work.
The water won't flow through the rads and blocks, only one rez to the other rez and back.

billbartuska,

Thanks for the response. I am one of the world's worst artists, and I am not around my PC so this hand-drawn sketch I hope will suffice. Here is my proposed loop order:





In the sketch, the blue lines are my tubes and the red are arrows to indicate flow direction. Just to reiterate, I do have the two internal tubes required to use the top ports as inlet/outlet on the EK Multioption X3 Tube Res w Multioption Top.

Finally, here is a photo of the tube res as I imagined it setup (the fittings will be different, so don't criticize that smile.gif):

  
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post #4 of 25
As previous poster said this will not work. You will get no flow through the rads and blocks. Water will take the path of least resistance which is through the tube res. If you want to use the tube res treat it as a piece of pipe. Out of cpu block>into tube res>out of tube res>into bay res/pump>to rad.
post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by RDKing2 View Post

As previous poster said this will not work. You will get no flow through the rads and blocks. Water will take the path of least resistance which is through the tube res. If you want to use the tube res treat it as a piece of pipe. Out of cpu block>into tube res>out of tube res>into bay res/pump>to rad.

Ok, so my concern was appropriate. I guess that I'll just route the return line behind the MB tray to the bay res... Perhaps having the last connection in the loop from top rad to bay res inlet (behind MB tray as previously stated). What if I were to purchase another EK tube res and have each with one inlet and outlet? Btw, this is a money-noobject sort of build, and overkill is ok b/c I'm trying to fill some of the void left by the enormity of the 900d smile.gif.

Any loop config suggestions arevwelcomevand appreciated.

-Carson
  
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post #6 of 25
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Ok, so my concern was appropriate. I guess that I'll just route the return line behind the MB tray to the bay res... Perhaps having the last connection in the loop from top rad to bay res inlet (behind MB tray as previously stated). What if I were to purchase another EK tube res and have each with one inlet and outlet? Btw, this is a money-noobject sort of build, and overkill is ok b/c I'm trying to fill some of the void left by the enormity of the 900d smile.gif.

Any loop config suggestions arevwelcomevand appreciated.

-Carson

Whatever is the shortest route is generally the best, provided the res is right before the pump. if youre using the bay res + pump then thats automatic so just whatever is shortest and you like the looks of.
post #7 of 25
Here, you can print this out and play...........

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post #8 of 25
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Here, you can print this out and play...........


Wow, you're a better artist than I smile.gif. Thanks, I really appreciate it. I'm going to draw some possible loops and see if anyone sees a cleaner set of runs.

-Carson
  
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post #9 of 25
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Ok, so here is my suggested route now that my multi-inlet/outlet idea has proven ill-conceived:




This does not show my fittings, but rest assured that I have a plethora of bitspower 90 triple rotary, 45 dual rotary and regular fittings and extenders. If anyone sees issues with my current plan please advise. Just FYI -- I have a midplate at the bottom, and the tubes will not make the straight lines depicted. I just drew it so that the order could be demonstrated.

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post #10 of 25
Seems fine.

Just out of curiosity, why are you keeping the tube rez? You just want the look?
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