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The Reserator Upgrade!!

By guyver1
May 16, 2004
  1. upgrade components:

    1 x Zalman Reserator1
    1 x Akasa 18db 120mm fan 480W PSU
    5 x Zalman 18db 80mm case fans
    2 x CoolerMaster CoolDrive4 drivebays

    MY mission - to change my PC from a chinook helicopter at 20 meters into a a hummingbird at 5 meters.

    first task

    install new PSU and drivebays and fans

    easy peasy

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    all my case fans are now controlled via the 2 cooldrive bays which have seperate rpm controls for every fan attached
     
  2. guyver1

    guyver1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 106

    so after a few hours of sweating and stressing that im gonna blow my machine up heres the zalman during the 'wet' run

    PC is off reserator is on to check for leaks, hence the tissue paper everywhere.

    its so quiet now ive actually got it up and running that i can hear my hard drives seeking and writing :O

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  3. guyver1

    guyver1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 106

  4. guyver1

    guyver1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 106

    FINISHED:

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  5. guyver1

    guyver1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 106

    i am considering getting some of this stuff:
    http://www.inertx.com/

    but at £60 per litre and the reserator needing 2.5l its a bit pricy.
    but i could also balance that with its obvious plus points as opposed to water and i could sleep easier at night knowing if i got a leak then my PC wouldnt lose maybe £700+ worth of components :D so in that respect it seems quite cheap :p
     
  6. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Wow, I had no idea the cooling tower was so large :=).
     
  7. guyver1

    guyver1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 106

    well its the cooling tower (radiator) and the resevevoir all in 1, PLUS it also houses the pump inside at the bottom.

    plus its totally silent, theres no fans, or other external/internal moving parts that produce noise of any kind. the Pump is silent too.

    its teh SEX tbh :)
     
  8. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,602   +357

    Nice setup you have there.
     
  9. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    So what temps is your 2700+ putting out with that setup ?
     
  10. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Ideal for someone thinking of buying an Nvidia 6800 series graphics card :=).
     
  11. guyver1

    guyver1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 106

    sitting quite happily at 40

    2 things tho, ive got the GPU cooler also in the loop, a hercules 3d prophet 9700 pro.

    ive also found out my mix of water/anti-freeze contained far too much anti-freeze and anti-freeze doesnt have as good thermal transfer properties as water, so i need to get some more water to drop the amount of AF in my mix.

    under load ive not seen it go past 45 yet, im clan leader for a UT2004 clan of over 4 yrs, so my machine is constantly on 24/7, plus it gets a good beating with the amount of hours of 2k4 i give it.

    sadly theres no way of monitoring my 9700's core temp without an external thermistor, which i cantbe arsed to set up :)

    for a totally passive system of cooling im very happy, i dont overclock so i dont need to worry about temps as much.
     
     
  12. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +9

    Nice setup :)

    You forgot that you have a water pump there, so it's not totally passive. In addition, you have a couple of fans there, quiet != passive ;)
     
  13. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,628   +113

    Nice kit. Hmm must hide my credit cards from myself.
    Where did you order it from? I see it listed at several online retailers but just wondered if you hunted around for the cheapest price?

    Saw over at another forum someone who has fitted this in a SFF PC. Tight fit but some nice results. Not that great if you have a SFF PC for the transportability factor, but if its just for looks the reserator offers a nice silent solution. I'll let my credit card recover from the X800 Pro first before ordering more kit :blackeye:

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  14. guyver1

    guyver1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 106

    the reserator kit itself IS a passive solution, the only fans in my system are case fans and do not form part of the water cooling sub system.

    there are no fans or other cooling devices in the water cooling system, and the pump is silent and a necessity, having a pump doesnt mean its not a passive system. :)
     
  15. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,628   +113

    :confused:
     
  16. guyver1

    guyver1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 106

  17. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,628   +113

    Thanks for the link. I think Tekheads.co.uk works out cheaper. I'll consider this kit a serious option if and when I move to water cooling :D
     
  18. Steg

    Steg TS Rookie Posts: 422

    That is a seriously cool set up youve got there. I have read various reviews going on about how good that Zalman kit is - but i never knew it was quite that big, its huge. It must be the only way they get it silent :D.

    I want one, ive decided. Maybe when I go socket 939 then i could get one....I wonder, can you get zalman blocks for the GPU/N-B as well, because that would just be perfect.

    Steg
     
  19. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,628   +113

    You can buy an additional GPU block for the reserator system but haven't seen anything about a NB block. And since its a fairly low power pump I think it would be pushing its limits for CPU, GPU and NB blocks..
     
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