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My only experience so far is the pump+res combo that comes with the XSPC kit. If I want to get a discrete pump and res, at a minimum what all will I need to complete the set? I have read about pump tops, but somehow my little brain is not registering what it is used for. Do I need a pump, pump top and a res? What do you look for to match them up for optimal performance?
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http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...aing-tops.html
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That seems like a good guide. Thanks ! Sorry for being a thick head - but are you saying I will need pump, top and res to complete the whole thing?
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That seems like a good guide. Thanks ! Sorry for being a thick head - but are you saying I will need pump, top and res to complete the whole thing?
Nope. You need to balance flow rate vs noise vs packaging. Pump/bay res' are very easy, the single ddc has good flow, but it's noisy. Using a seperate pump top + res, the packaging isn't as compact, but you have freedom for placement and are able to hide the pump/decouple it however against noise.

Personally I use bay type res cuz I'm lazy and I noise dampen the area around the bay res, so I'm happy with them. You'll have to figure out what balance suits your taste.
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Thanks. +rep to you.
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If you go with a DDC MCP350/355 + RES top, you can have a smaller footprint than a bay RES setup. To quiet the DDC + RES top, you can add 1/2" open-cell foam media to prevent the pump impeller from swirling the water into a noise vortex. The ope-cell foam meadi can be found at most places that sell fish aquarium stuff. Just pick a media that has large open-cells for the best flow.



Swiftech does this with their pump + RES too.

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