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Can I have a loop without a reservoir?

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Just curious, can I set up a loop without a reservoir? I dont have a ton of free space in my case, so it might be nice to avoid a reservoir all together and instead just use a Y fitting and have 6" of extra tubing with water stored in there (sealed off of course)




If its not possible or if it could cause damage, ill avoid it. More curious than anything
post #2 of 8
You can, your fill line ( res ) will need to be in such an orintation that it can collect the air bubbles.

It will take alot more time to properly prime the loop and bleed because you'll have to really micromanage the filling and bleeding process.
post #3 of 8
of course you can, look at any closed loop system including swiftechs h220. same concept. i did it in a prodigy, i just bought a radiator with ports on both sides, and i used the top facing ports as fill ports (top mounted rad)
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post #4 of 8
What you're talking about is typically called a T-line. Works fine, but as others said, it takes longer to fill and bleed that way.
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post #5 of 8
This is true. I have a top mounted 360 rad as well now, Instead of letting my pump push water up to it, I just filled it using the up facing ports.

in this orientation it can more easily trap air though.
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Originally Posted by TurboMach1 View Post

of course you can, look at any closed loop system including swiftechs h220. same concept. i did it in a prodigy, i just bought a radiator with ports on both sides, and i used the top facing ports as fill ports (top mounted rad)

Im actually using a Phenom Micro case (Same interior as the prodigy). So to collect air bubbles Id want the fill line to be near the top ( I will also have a top mounted Rad) and the drain port at the bottom after the pump?

I dont plan on putting much maintenance in this, Im going to get clear water blocks and clear tubing so I can quickly observe if there is any corrosion or something wrong with the loop, and assuming it stays looking fine, Ill fill it once and leave it.

So it looks like It wont be too much of an issue. Thanks guys!
post #7 of 8
you could probably use the fill port as a drain also, just tip it upside down tongue.gif
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post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by TurboMach1 View Post

you could probably use the fill port as a drain also, just tip it

:-p I guess this build will be small enough that it wouldn't be an issue lol. Its kind of a budget build so maybe that option will win out so I dont have to buy extra fittings :-p
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