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post #1 of 30
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Hi i have a thermaltake bigwater. I was wondering if installing a resevoir would improve temperatures ?? can someone explain to me how the resevoir works.

Also what about adding TT add on components like the water level indicator that has the blue heatsink around it. whats the purpose of that is it a resevoir ? u cant fill it ! If u wanted to check the water level i would look at the pump it has build it light with build in resevoir right ? someone please explain this. Would i get better temps by adding this component and a aftermarket resevoir ?

the water level indicator is this http://www.pccasegear.com/prod1852.htm
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If theres more water in the system the less the same water gets heated up over and over, giving it more time to cool down.
But on the other hand if the water is already as cool as its going to get you won't see any difference.
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anyone else have any opinions before i order i dont want to be dissapointed. Does the resevoir automaticly pump small amounts of water from it to the pump and vise versa to keep the water temp cool ? what about the water level indicator ?
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the water will consistantly move through the res. and be cooled off by the fan on the res. I think it is a good idea to get that res., it cooles the water it is storing inside right before it enters the loop, adding good preformance.. I would get it if i were you, btw, you add the water in the pump for all the Thermaltake Bigwater kits.
    
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If theres more water in the system the less the same water gets heated up over and over, giving it more time to cool down.
But on the other hand if the water is already as cool as its going to get you won't see any difference.
In my water cooling experience (both resevoir and T line), I am pretty sure the res won't drop your idle temps, but your load temps may drop a few degrees. I think a resevior is a good addition.
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post #6 of 30
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yeah i know the pump gets filled with water so it acts as a resevoir it even has low water level indicator on the pump. So i will order the TT Water temp indicator, water level indicator, and water flow indicator.

I just seen a extra radiator+fan addon for the bigwater that slots into a 5.25inch drive bay. anyone got ideas on this setup having 2x radiators on the bigwater would that improve performance ? I have doubts as the pump is a bit week to pumping that much water.

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Adding an extra fan will improve your load temps by quite a bit, but probably not your idle temps. Yea, i would be a little conserned about pump speed if your going to add an extra radiator and a res.
    
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post #8 of 30
I have a large reservoir (1 gal) and I literally can turn off my radiator fans with no rise in temps for a long time.
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post #9 of 30
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cool. i REALLY dont want to have to buy the thermaltake version of their resevoir it looks cheap and nasty. The only problem is their is so many good resevoirs but they dont take 1/4 small id tubing sizes like the bigwater any suggestions ?
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post #10 of 30
the res will not increase performance at all - it may cause the water to take a longer time to heat up/reach equilibrium, but you'll have the same temps as before once it does reach equilibrium

so i personally wouldn't bother spending the money on the res - i'd rather spend the $30 from a res on a new waterblock to replace the bigwater's stock block
    
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