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I am planning purchasing my first ever tube reservoir. Essentially I am looking at eventually purchasing a D5 pump and having it directly (with some type of after market top as people say it's better to do so) to the bottom of the res. I'm not sure which brand of res to get. Aqua computer reservoir's are glass $$$$ which I am told is the most ideal, while the others like bitpower's and EK (people tell me to stay away from EK, seems alot of issue have arouse with there res), are made of acrylic. I was wondering if anybody could steer me into the right direction when it comes to, quality on the dollar per value scale.

Any recommendations for D5 pump tops that would be ideal to attach to the bottom of the res.
I am also wondering which res/pump combo causes less vibration, what brands have variable mounting options that have anti vibration properties etc.....
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Might consider an XSPC Photon D5 pump combo. It's a glass tube res with a D5 vario pump attached to the bottom. Just make sure you have enough room for it. They have a '170' model that's 250mm (10") tall altogether and a '270' that's 350mm (13.8"). The glass tube is 70mm wide & the widest part is the pump ring 85mm. They also sell an optional aluminum pump ring that looks a little better imho.

XSPC 170 270 D5 pump combo
post #3 of 10
I have the photon, but I wouldn't recommend it. The res is a bit hard to fill and really hard to bleed. Im looking to switch to an aquacomputer aqualis res
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post #4 of 10
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I have the photon, but I wouldn't recommend it. The res is a bit hard to fill and really hard to bleed. Im looking to switch to an aquacomputer aqualis res

What top do you recommend for the pump to attach the res to? BTW what is this nano coating Aqua Computers brags about?
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Aquacomputers has their own pump top for d5 and ddc pumps. I have no idea what the nanocoating is. I getting it because it has a cool waterfall effect and it's made from glass unlike the acrylic in most res
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Yeah the model that creates the waterfall effect is uber cool but reviews indicate it causes a small performance hit.
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Oh I didn't see anything on that. That might change things. The photon is also really limited for ports since the top can only be used for filling unlike some reservoirs with multiport tops.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nightingale View Post

What top do you recommend for the pump to attach the res to? BTW what is this nano coating Aqua Computers brags about?
The nano coating should prevent staining and the water won't cling to it. So it's a cleaner look.
That's what I am told anyway.
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I have an 800D I recently went from a bay reservoir to a tube reservoir.. However, I'm using an EK tube res with a dual d5 pump top. I haven't had any issues with it... and love my setup, Having the multi-port top made my life easier when it came to routing tubing because of all the port options, and I can open one of many ports to fill the res without making mess. Anyhow, a tube res is the way to go. It was a lot easier to fill and bleed compared to my bay reservoir... and tubing looks better since you don't have tubing going into the bay.
    
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Originally Posted by davidh93 View Post

I have the photon, but I wouldn't recommend it. The res is a bit hard to fill and really hard to bleed. Im looking to switch to an aquacomputer aqualis res

I have seen a lot of that complaints about the Photon being hard to fill, but I gotta say that I just don't get it.

I have a Photon 270 and after spilling a few drops on the first attempt it took me all of 30 seconds to look down in the fill hole and see what the deal was and figure out what to do. There are four oval-shaped holes down inside the fill port and at least one of them needs to be higher than the others to let air escape so water can enter.

XSPC Photon fill port squeeze-type fill bottle / wash bottle

The res just needs to be tilted - not level / straight up and down - when filling. I tilted my case a good 35 degrees or so by putting a ~ 6" (~15cm) stack of books under the back feet of the case and it fills super-easy that way, and it's even easier now that I have a squeeze-type fill bottle (aka a "wash bottle") to aim the water towards the lower side of the fill port. It takes me about one minute to fill the 270 res, if that long, no longer than any other similar-sized res I've ever had, and bleeding for me has never been an issue. I've drained and refilled my loop 6-7 times now - as this loop is still a work under construction with many changes over the next few months still to come - and I have had no issues at all with it. I gotta say I really like it.
Edited by Unicr0nhunter - 4/24/14 at 4:24am
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