Originally Posted by james160987
yours whaler as you have the exact same idea as iam aiming for, i cant hower see your res/pump on the xspc website, can you point me inthe right direction andadd a few more pics of your build if possible, ( backaswell if you have any).
i even had the same idea of the koolance connects at the bottem
No problem. The res on the XSPC site is listed under pumps, not reservoirs. No clue why since it doesn't come with a pump. url:http://www.xspc.biz/d5bayres.php
I really like the bay reservoir with the pump in it because you don't have to run any tubing from the reservoir to the pump. Makes for a clean install. I had a major issue with the XSPC reservoir though in that the tube inside the reservoir ends right at the pump intake making bleeding hard. I fixed this issue (well not an issue, just an anoyance to me) by cutting that tube off just inside the reservoir. (yes it can be taken out through the fill hole on the top). I took a dremel with a cutting disc and ran the disc against a bench grinder, grinding the diamerter of the disc smaller and smaller until it fit into the inlet tube. I then just proceded to cut the tube out. Works 100x better imo, but I am sure XSPC wouldn't be impressed and tell me it was done that way for a reason.
I hear you with not wanting long runs of tubing in your case. This is a before and after picture of my case with my first water cooling setup. You can see the radiator is mounted different and the tubing runs were very long. I didn't like it as much, and I am much happer with my seond build on the right. Cleaner runs, shorter runs. The video card block helped make shorter runs as well as running tube on the backside of the case worked out really well.
This is a picture of the reservoir area from the back side. With mounting the rad at the top of the case with the fittings on the bay side of the case I needed to make sure I had enough room to attach the tubing to the rad and make a nice loop down to the reservoir. If I had mounted the reservoir higher it would have made for some seriously tight spaces to work on the tubing. The Sycthe fan control is below the radiator since its depth is a non issue, followed by my dvd burner since the length of the dvd burning would have interfered with the radiator tubing if it was mounted higher.
Shot of the Scythe Gentle Typhoon fans on the rad. I can't say enough good things about these fans. They are very quiet. I mounted my fans inside the case and they pull air from the case up through the rad and out. Some people told me that "outside air is cooler and way better for cooling, your crazy". What I found was since my entire case is watercooled there is next to no heat in my case anyway. The chipset and ram are cool to the touch in Sandy bridge builds because you can't really overclock the BCLK. Also when pulling air into my case it just made a mess since I have no filters on the top of my case. I have the three rad fans venting out of the case, the back fan venting out and the bottom fan in the case pulling air into the case through the built in filter. I have no dust in my case at all, and that is nice.
Shot of the back side of the case with the wiring. I don't have a modular power supply so I have more cables floating around then needed, but you can see the tubing run up the backside. I'm using 1/2" ID 3/4" OD tubing and I can still fit it no problem, if you used a smaller tubing it would be even easier.
The koolance quick disconnect at the bottom is awesome. You have to buy two of them because when you disconnect them they close to prevent leaks. Take two lengths of tube and connect them to the second disconnect and to drain the system you just unconnect the disconnect in the case and attach you two drainging tubes. Super easy and super safe.
Let me know if you have any other questions.