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Will my temps suffer using one reservoir with two seperatate loops(this is my first water cooled build)

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I have recently built a new machine, and to save money, I set up only my cpu loop for now. I am using an alphacool dual 5.25 reservoir with the integrated dual pump head and have 2 alphacool vpp pumps, but am only using one for my cpu right now. Did I make a stupid purchase using one reservoir, or will it really matter much when I set up the loop for the other pump on my video cards(two msi r9 290x twin frozr cards). I am new to watercooling, and seeing as it was recommended that you only run this fx 9370 under water, I decided to do this in place of a aio cooler and want to get the most out of this reservoir setup as these are some wickedly hot gpus. Thanks to any of ya'll that take the time to respond, I'm a noob lol.
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Running dual loops is a thing of the past anyways, If your running like a single 480 for your CPU and a single 480 on your GPU loop, then say your playing a game that doesn't use much cpu, so the cpu loops rad is pretty much useless, while the GPU loop is taking all the heat, if you had this as 1 loop, then you would be able to use both rads to cool your parts if 1 section is using more heat then another.
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Running dual loops is a thing of the past anyways, If your running like a single 480 for your CPU and a single 480 on your GPU loop, then say your playing a game that doesn't use much cpu, so the cpu loops rad is pretty much useless, while the GPU loop is taking all the heat, if you had this as 1 loop, then you would be able to use both rads to cool your parts if 1 section is using more heat then another.

I have a black ice stealth gt360 in there right now, so you're basically saying I should plumb the cards into the existing loop.
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I have a black ice stealth gt360 in there right now, so you're basically saying I should plumb the cards into the existing loop.

What other rad you planning on adding?
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Havent really decided yet, I ran out of room this Corsair Carbide 540 is a lot smaller than I thought, so I am building a basement for it, was thinking another gt stealh 360 if I can get the same deal on it as the last one, it was cheap, I think jab-tech was trying to clear em out.
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With 2 pumps I would go serial loop and be done.
You will have some redundancy in case one pump fails and will be able to let each pump turn lower RPMs while maintaining good pressure.

This 540 looks sweet
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The basement is also for the reservoir, I have it mounted on top of the case for now with my fan controller it all looks pretty rigged, I can post a couple pics if you want but it doesn't look so hot right now.
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With 2 pumps I would go serial loop and be done.
You will have some redundancy in case one pump fails and will be able to let each pump turn lower RPMs while maintaining good pressure.
The problem with that is this pump head, it is separated so I am not sure if I should bring it into the loop after a certain component or what, as hot as this processor runs(220w socket) I am not sure if one 360 radiator will keep it all cool and I don't want externals because I often take my machines to my brothers house to play games with him, so ease of transport is key for me.
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Also, thanks for helping me out, I know i'm a noob and ya'll are probably wondering if I am mentally deficient about now lol.
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Havent really decided yet, I ran out of room this Corsair Carbide 540 is a lot smaller than I thought, so I am building a basement for it, was thinking another gt stealh 360 if I can get the same deal on it as the last one, it was cheap, I think jab-tech was trying to clear em out.

Your temps arn't going to be the best with 2 stealth model 360's but it will be better and quieter then air cooling, but i still think you should just do it as one loop, so atleast when your CPU is idle, it will be like having 1 thick 360mm for both of those graphics cards.
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