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Hey Everyone!

So I'm new to the water cooling scene and would like some advice before I attempt to tackle an install of the Zalman Reserator 2 that i practically stole off of Ebay.

I've read the manual and watched the videos front to back and the one question that i still have has to do with the importance of "priming" the system. Zalman [and other sites i've checked out on this] makes a big deal out of priming the system by using a small section of tubing to create a closed loop and force the air bubbles out of the system.

My question is this: Once this priming is completed you are supposed to disconnect the small tubing creating the closed loop AND THEN attach the tubing that has been set up in the computer? It seems that there would be a HUGE air pocket created in the tubing that wasn't first a part of the closed loop "priming" stage. Does this make sense?

Perhaps I'm just over thinking it, but when the health of my setup is involved i feel it's appropriate to be a little concerned. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you for your help guys!
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Don't want to sound mean, but if the health of your system is what you worry about I would not suggest the Zalman Reserator as a heart of your system. I'd sell it on EBay, maybe someone else wants it, and get this as a nice intro to watercooling. WaterKit
    
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Yikes!

I've just been reading the rest of the forums and i notice all the hatred towards Zalman and its products.

That would've been good to know ahead of time, but the fact of the matter is i have the reserator now and would at least like to TRY to make it work [until the funds roll in for a new system upgrade].

If anyone would be willing to work with me on my *poor* choice of cooling, it would be great!
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yeah i think the reserator is more of a novelty item... "look at me!"

i would just sell it for what you paid or if youre daring, more.

Nothing against Zalman, i love my cpu cooler, just the reserator series is... bleh.
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I suppose I'll get a second opinion when i take advice from a fellow TF2 clan member the next time i make Water-Cooling decisions...

Thank you for such quick replies, but could you at least do me the favor of pointing out the pro's and con's of the system? I just read from someone else's guide that aluminum is not a good material to use, but there isn't much of an explanation as to why.

The reserator was attractive because it fit my budget, had the water-blocks, tubing, barbs, etc...I've read that the pump is a little on the weak side, but i can always replace that.

More research is the lesson i'm getting here. But can anyone answer my original question?

Thank you again to everyone for their advice.






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post #6 of 12
If it is all aluminum it would be okay, although probably cool poorly compared to all copper. The problem is most use copper and aluminum mixed. Here's why that is bad. Reading

Now that kit may be able to cool your CPU at stock speeds and look nice. If it is a mix of aluminum and cooper be sure to use a good coolant. Coolant I would also suggest you change the coolant often so as to avoid the corrosion. Hope this helps.

As far as your original question, sorry never used one so not sure. I have a res in mine which caught the air. Others use T-lines for the same purpose.
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post #7 of 12
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Thanks Tufelhunden!

This really makes me wish i would've consulted you guys in this forum before i went ahead and made my water-cooling decisions, oh well...

If you guys don't mind i'm going to drag out this thread a little longer by posting the products that i plan on using in this setup. My only defense, being a beginner to the water-cooling scene, is that i thought sticking to a brand i already knew (Zalman makes the Air Cooler that i currently use) would make sense because that way my fittings/sizes would match up.

The Reserator 2 (where it all went wrong...)

The CPU Water-Block

The GPU Water-Block

I'm reading that the GPU Water-Block is an Aluminum Alloy. This probably means it's not what i should be looking for at all, huh?

Sheesh...i hope i can make this all work for at least 2 semesters of school coming up...





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post #8 of 12
If you don't mind some reading, I made some guides on the best and worst of wc'ing gear.

Best
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Worst.

If you would like some help building a quality watercooling loop, feel free to shoot me a pm or start a new thread and you'll be taken care of.
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Wonderful!

Where were you when i needed you?

Makes you wonder why Google doesn't have a direct link to your write-up, as you definitely have a very well written summery.

I think this puts an end to this thread for now. I'm stuck with what i got because of the money i've already spent. I'll be sure to take pictures and ask questions as they come, even if my choice in gear is quite laughable.

Thanks again to all of your help!
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post #10 of 12
No problem

If I may suggest, get this and add it into your loop. That will help keep the galvanic corrosion at bay until you can afford good parts.
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