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post #1 of 23
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I am looking to improve looks and performance. Maybe some different color tubing, a different res, add a rad, etc. I am open to almost anything.I am BIG on clean looks so dont bother telling me to get rid of the 45s and 90s. No offense.
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This is what it takes to make the 480 backplate fit the FTW HC version. Thank goodness for my Traxxas t-maxx having the right screws (since HD, Lowes, and the auto parts store didnt) Should I paint the spacers black?
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I have two MCP655's and I lucked into a Dual top for cheap which is already on its way. The Koolance bling kit (Top as well) and the other EK top will soon be on sale. biggrin.gif
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This is my current res. I am kinda worried it is restricting flow. Maybe switch to a tube res? Wide open here.
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Edited by xxlawman87xx - 2/23/11 at 8:42pm
post #2 of 23
All you need is just some more of that spring stuff around the rest of your hoses.
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post #3 of 23
I would have said great build and if anything remove the spring, is it doing anything, I had coils on my last setup and hated it both in looks and the effect the coils made on the tubing. (that looks like metal spring?, so you shouldn't have the problem I did)
post #4 of 23
Yeah, I have to agree with Nick here. Remove the anti-kink coils, they won't do anything for this build. 700/800D's look better with straight-up white tubing.
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post #5 of 23
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Anti-kink coil suggestions noted and I will likely take that suggestion. Any suggestions on the res? (i.e. replacing it, adding another etc.
post #6 of 23
what is wrong with the res? other than it is glowing red and blurry
post #7 of 23
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nickbaldwin86;12507899 
what is wrong with the res? other than it is glowing red and blurry

Dont hate on my red and frosted (blurry) res. biggrin.gif There is nothing inherently wrong with it, I was just concerned that because I have 2 MCP655s in series and my loop is restrictive enough as it is, that it may cause additional restriction due to the way the water has to flow in, up and out into the res. Like I said, I will prolly be adding another rad to the mix so I am just seeking to optimize thats all.
post #8 of 23
to get rid of some additional mess you could get a double pump top rez such as http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12480/ex-res-254/Koolance_RP-452X2_Dual_525_Reservoir_Serial_or_Parallel_for_1_or_2_Pumps_RP-450_Laing_D5_MCP655-5_MCP655.html?tl=g30c97s168

Also, as you've mentioned, another radiator will help with temps. I got a few degrees off my temps by going to Indigo Xtreme for my TIM for my CPU.

Hope that helps.
post #9 of 23
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Quote:
Originally Posted by renkenkyo;12508886 
to get rid of some additional mess you could get a double pump top rez such as http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12480/ex-res-254/Koolance_RP-452X2_Dual_525_Reservoir_Serial_or_Parallel_for_1_or_2_Pumps_RP-450_Laing_D5_MCP655-5_MCP655.html?tl=g30c97s168

Also, as you've mentioned, another radiator will help with temps. I got a few degrees off my temps by going to Indigo Xtreme for my TIM for my CPU.

Hope that helps.

I looked into that res a few days ago. The problem I have with it is that you still have to connect the pumps in the back with the "appropriate" hardware and tube. (read that in the fine print) Otherwise, I would have gotten it.

EDIT: Quote from the Manual: NOTE: For serial pump operation, the
rear outlet from one pump should be
directly connected to the inlet of the other
using hose or available fittings.
Edited by xxlawman87xx - 2/24/11 at 9:49am
post #10 of 23
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from the looks of it, it seems that the motor mounts directly to the face, no additional tubing for the pumps required? Maybe I'm missing something.
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