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Originally Posted by lloyd mcclendon;12706608 
smaller res, less water in the res = better flow

really you do not even need a res at all, it just makes it much easier for filling / draining / monitoring

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Having a smaller res has no correlation with better flow
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post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Juggalo23451;12713484 
Having a smaller res has no correlation with better flow

Correct!

you could have a 55gal drum or a 4oz bottle as a res and the flow rate of the system would be the same.

The only thing that a res could have a effect on flow rate would be if it has some kind of restriction in it, like hard angles are small fittings but the res holding water has no effect on the flow rate. (those things again not correlated to the size of the res and how much water is has or holds)
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Res size CAN make a difference if it's a 55 gallon drum. I've seen people do that with external setups. Basically once you get to something THAT large, the water starts acting as a heat battery of sorts. The guy that built that one ran the loop all night with a 55 gallon drum and a car radiator in the shed some 100' away. During the day when he used his computer the little bits of heat added simply didn't change the water temperature much, so his effective ambient was the cool night temperatures.

So it CAN...but it has to be a massive drum size to start getting any heat storage type effects.

Pretty much anything practical in size will have little/no difference.

It takes about 263 watts to heat one gallon of water in one minute, so depending on the differential, it normally doesn't take more than about 10-15 minutes to reach equilibrium which is far shorter than most gaming sessions. You will max out and reach equilibrium before you are done loading.

So unless you only load for 5 minute increments and then shut back down, a larger reservoir isn't going to do much for you other than bleed out easier and require less frequent topping off(evaporation). I do have a large 3" ABS custom reservoir for pump testing, but that's entirely to assist with near instant bleeding.

A T-line works perfectly fine in a PC loop, the reservoir is just for looks and convenience.
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Large res. have some advantages..less turbulence,better ability to remove trapped air bubbles,easy fill up;
http://www.overclockers.com/water-cooling-reservoir-theory-and-construction-guide/
sure you can use smaller res ,but to small may be a problem
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