Originally Posted by BWG
Thermaleak..... I have read and saw people say it.
The only XSPC's on Amazon are a 120 and a 360.
Problem is it really jumps the prices up and remember, I am using Amazon because I want to use my card.
I see a few good pumps on there for a little over $70. I do not need help with that. I know which pumps are good from a few threads on here.
What about saving a few bucks by at least buying thermaltakes reservoir? Should I just get something like this instead:
Amazon.com: PrimoChill Myriad D5 Dual Bay Reservoir / Pump Housing (D5 / MCP655 / PMP-450) - Clear: Computer & Accessories
It hides the pump if I get a D5 or MCP655.
Why should I mount it on the back or the side versus using the top mounts that are already ready for a 240 RAD?
I have seen people mount a 360 on both sides of the hard drive bay, but I think that is ugly and will rob my airflow to other components. Here is a look at someone who did it though. Appears to fit well.
Oh, well if the case has ready mounting brackets, jobs a gooden, do that.
So far as that reservoir goes, it does look good, I'll give you that, but the pump isn't going to make a massive difference in the performance of the loop (I'll explain at the bottom, it's a bit long winded). AKA ~ you could get a much cheaper pump, decent rad, decent waterblock for half the cost and still get a similar performance system.
I just had a look at amazon for liquid cooling and if I'm honest it doesn't look good
I mean maybe I'm in the wrong section or something, but I just searched for "laing" in electrical and one pump came up.
If you can go to a different online shop I think it would be preferable.
(ignore this if you understand about increased flow not lowering temps)
The pump makes little difference because:
When you increase the flow rate, after the water becomes turbulent (in most pc loops this is apparently approximately 1 gallon per minute, 4.5 litres a minute or 270 litres per hour) the heat transfer doesn't change much.
On top of this, increased flow wont affect the dT of your loop either, because the coolant doesn't change more than 0.5oC around the whole loop, increasing the flow by 100%, would only decrease your effective water temps by 0.25oC (rough maths).
AND each molecule of water will spend the same amount of time in a given piece of equipment in a minute. That is to say, if a water molecule spends 10 seconds in the radiator in a minute, if you double the flow, it will pass through in half the time but twice as many times, so due to that and the other two reasons, increased flow doesn't really make much difference.