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As the title says, what is the best bang-for-the-buck reservoir that one can get? I'm still not sure of the size that will fit the Evolv ATX that will have a Swiftech H220X mounted in front this way but I'm thinking a 150mm one will suffice (gives me a good headroom to easily have a fill port up top).

 

I'm very new to watercooling so please bear with me. I'm also not sure what the difference is if you go with a multitop cover or something. Please help, thanks.

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Multi top just gives you many more options. You can use an extra top port as a fill port or bleeder. It gives you more flexibility to setup your loop. Your next case may be different.
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Multi top just gives you many more options. You can use an extra top port as a fill port or bleeder. It gives you more flexibility to setup your loop. Your next case may be different.

 

Based on what I read, if I have a multitop I can use one top port as the return port and another top port as the fill port, correct? Why can't a normal top (only with one port) be used as the return port alone? I mean why does it need other ports to work correctly? Is it because you won't be able to get air out (bleed) without an open port while filling?

 

And if you use a top port (in a multitop) as a return port, you would need those internal res tubes to avoid "splashing" of water when it returns to the reservoir, correct? Let me know if I understand things correctly.

 

What do you mean by "your next case may be different"?

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I always liked the top port enter bottom port exit setup. That way Gravity is in your favor and I find it more aesthetically pleasing.

Your next PC Case may be different sizes and a multi port top offers more flexibility to different setups. Some people buy all new loop when they upgrade, I reuse my old loop parts when possible.
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I always liked the top port enter bottom port exit setup. That way Gravity is in your favor and I find it more aesthetically pleasing.

Your next PC Case may be different sizes and a multi port top offers more flexibility to different setups. Some people buy all new loop when they upgrade, I reuse my old loop parts when possible.

 

I see. Well, I'll be buying a new case and would be my first time doing a custom waterloop. I'm trying to keep things to a minimum so I'd rather go with a conventional single port top for now. At least I know what's a multiport top for the future.

 

With that said, which reservoir is recommended in my application?

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I've always liked EK parts.
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I personally prefer a multi port top, it gives more options to how you can design the loop layout.

Something to consider, would you be using a new pump in the future? If so, would you want the ability to add the pump to the reservoir? If you are going to stay with the h220x, then I would just consider where you will mount the reservoir, and how large of one you would want.

Ideally what you want in a reservoir is something that is easy to fill, easy to mount, has versatile options for tubing runs, and does not pull air into the pump.
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I personally prefer a multi port top, it gives more options to how you can design the loop layout.

Something to consider, would you be using a new pump in the future? If so, would you want the ability to add the pump to the reservoir? If you are going to stay with the h220x, then I would just consider where you will mount the reservoir, and how large of one you would want.

Ideally what you want in a reservoir is something that is easy to fill, easy to mount, has versatile options for tubing runs, and does not pull air into the pump.

 

Can you give me some examples on how a multi-port top can give you more options for tube routing? I'm trying to visualize it but I'm not really sure how a multi-port top works. I mean I can always buy a multi-port top in the future if I really need it, right?

 

I'm sure I'll be using a new pump in the future but I'll stick with my H220X for now. And yes, I would want the ability to add the pump to the reservoir in case I go with a new pump. I can't do any measurements as  I still don't have the case but I'm guessing that a 150mm reservoir will fit in the Evolv ATX where the H220X is mounted in the front (pump/reservoir section in the bottom). What do you think? If so, what specific reservoir has the ability to be added to a pump? Do you have anything in mind?

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I have used primochill ctr reservoirs in a couple builds and satisfied with them. One has uneven cuts for tube length, but no leaks. Mine have multiport tops, and are d5 enabled.



This is the sff version, has multi port top, measures about 160mm without the pump installed, and 191mm with.

With the multi port, you can use one of the top ports as the return line, and still have ability to fill from a second. You could also run a parallel loop back to the reservoir (I prefer serial)

The EK is another good option, but I find them a little too expensive. I also had 3 d5 pumps that I got cheap on eBay, so I wanted to put them to use.

https://www.primochill.com/collections/pump-enabled/products/primochill-ctr-sff-phase-ii-high-flow-d5-enabled-reservoir-system-120mm

It's about $65, so not cheap but you can buy different mounts, which increases the versatility.

Alternate options that I ran across browsing performance...

$43 but may be a little too large at 220mm with pump mounted.
http://www.performance-pcs.com/aquacomputer-aqualis-d5-100-ml-g1-4.html

At around the same size (227mm) for $84, you can get an xspc d5 photon reservoir with pump. This is a great value, but still larger than what you want. It is not a vario pump, but should be good for any average loop.
http://www.performance-pcs.com/xspc-x4-photon-170-reservoir-pump-combo.html#Specifications
Edited by EMUracing - 4/17/17 at 2:18am
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Originally Posted by EMUracing View Post

I have used primochill ctr reservoirs in a couple builds and satisfied with them. One has uneven cuts for tube length, but no leaks. Mine have multiport tops, and are d5 enabled.



This is the sff version, has multi port top, measures about 160mm without the pump installed, and 191mm with.

With the multi port, you can use one of the top ports as the return line, and still have ability to fill from a second. You could also run a parallel loop back to the reservoir (I prefer serial)

The EK is another good option, but I find them a little too expensive. I also had 3 d5 pumps that I got cheap on eBay, so I wanted to put them to use.

https://www.primochill.com/collections/pump-enabled/products/primochill-ctr-sff-phase-ii-high-flow-d5-enabled-reservoir-system-120mm

It's about $65, so not cheap but you can buy different mounts, which increases the versatility.

Alternate options that I ran across browsing performance...

$43 but may be a little too large at 220mm with pump mounted.
http://www.performance-pcs.com/aquacomputer-aqualis-d5-100-ml-g1-4.html

At around the same size (227mm) for $84, you can get an xspc d5 photon reservoir with pump. This is a great value, but still larger than what you want. It is not a vario pump, but should be good for any average loop.
http://www.performance-pcs.com/xspc-x4-photon-170-reservoir-pump-combo.html#Specifications

 

I see what you're saying. But if you use a top port for the return line, you would need to use an internal tube to avoid the "splashing" effect, correct? Something like this from EK?

 

If I go with something like this from EK: https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-res-x3-150 , do I have the ability to mount it on a standalone pump in the future? Is this compatible with those pump tops from EK as well?

 

Also, I'm reading the manual of that particular EK reservoir and am confused which one on the bottom is the port for the outlet and the return. Or any of those ports can serve as an inlet/outlet?

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