Originally Posted by failwheeldrive
Why use the bay res if you want a tube res as well? Bay reservoirs are a pain to fill and bleed, and like you said tube reservoirs look better and will help fill up the interior. If it's just about pump placement, get a nice pump top and mount it below the res. It'll look better, make maintenance easier, and your loop will perform better. Win win imo
Thanks for the suggestion... although obvious, I hadn't considered just removing the integrated pump from the bay res and putting it in a housing under the tube res. Having said that, I hate to just forsake my bay res given that I purchased it. While I have built several pc's, this is my first custom loop, and -- well -- let's just say that hindsight is 20/20. If I could do it all over again I wouldn't have gotten the bay res w pump integrated or my swiftech drive II (just an apogee hd with a pre-remounted mc35x). I had this unfounded fear of pump implementation, so I kept looking for products that provided me with a way to avoid that link in the chain. Again, in retrospect I don't know why I was so set on an integrated pump.
I know that many people hate bay reservoirs, but I like for the Watercooling to be demonstrable from both the front and side of the chassis. I know, I know: function over form. Also, I don't know how familiar you are with the monsoon series 2 bay res, but it is really a well-designed product. It features two inlet outlets, two fillports atop the res, the integrated pump, and innovative anti vibration mounting that keeps it running really quiet. As I posted previously, I have not experienced bad air-bleeding issues through the use of several bitspower push style pressure valves. I mount the on the top radiators top ports, as well as the top ports on the bay res. By doing so, bleeding all of the air from the loop usually only takes about 3 hours or so for major bubbles, and it seemed completely void of trapped air after bleeding it occasionally over the period of about a week.
I don't know, I'm going to see how things work out with all of my parts implemented, but if I don't like the looks or function of things I'll probably take your advice and just leave the bay res out of it... maybe I'll just get a new pump, and put the bay res w it's pump into a system I built that has a closed loop cooler.
Thanks for the suggestions,