Originally Posted by oldirtmgirt
Hey guys new here.. im currently starting my very first water cooling build in the fractal design define s..
My main question is what would be a good pump and res to go with? I want a tube res as i have no drive bays and the looks what im after.. dont love thermaltake and im finind ek hard to source in aus for a reasonable price.
Any suggestions to good sites who sell in aus would be a good start and any tips or advice is always nice.
Thanks in advance!
It depends on what you are building, how complicated your loop is and how much expansion room you want.
Basically there are 3 that are common to Australian retailers:
SPC-60: Low cost, low noise, easy to install, easy to maintain, sufficient power for small-modest sized loops
DDC 3.2: moderate cost, debateable noise, requires proper airflow at the base to prevent pump from overheating, powerful pressure output
D5: larger sized, high cost, very silent, completely watercooled so no need for airflow support, moderate pressure output.
If you are a newbie with a modest loop, I recommend the SPC-60 pump that Pccasegear, PLE or Scorptec will carry (usually $80-$90 AUS). It is very well priced and comes with its own reservoir as well.
The next step up is a D5 pump but the pump-res combo will set you back at least $150 unless you can scrounge around gumtree for a 2nd hand reservoir (it is literally just a tube with 2 holes) thus allowing you to buy the $100 standalone D5/DDC pumps.
DDCs are a bit more advanced because you have to be comfortable with disassembling them and using aftermarket heatsinks etc etc because they have a tendency to overheat if they don't get enough airflow at the base.