1. No not really, having big reservoir like 1 litre is not gonna make a difference to 1/2 litre. Try a gallon or bigger then you'll see some difference in cooling. The key in cooling is not reservoir, its the radiator.
2. Having 1/2 ID tubing doesn't mean better, key factor of it is the fluid flow.
3. You drain the water out by disconnecting the tubes. Okay, you can jump the mobo power cable to run the psu without running the motherboard.
4. Yes, water cooling works regardless if it's inside, outside, on top or bottom. Best thing to set up the water cooling is outside because the ambient temp is cooler than the ambient temp inside the case.
5. What do you mean single slot, as in you want to be able to use the slot underneath the gpu? If so then look for the Thermaltake Aquarius gpu water block. It's pretty thin and uses 1/4" ID tubing.
Yeah I got the half inch tygon tubes, I found that most of the barbs are not exactly half inch!!! For example the barbs on the Black ice extrem III have an internal diameter just short of half an inch!
same with the swiftech reservior just short of half inch internal dimeter!!!! I hope it does not create too much choke flow....
Go get a ruler and check it out yourself!
I was going to go for 7/16 inch tubes but decided that against it because I couldnt find 7/16inch tygon in Australia.....
7/16 is way easier to work with the tubes are far more flexable without pressure for kinks.... Half inch tubes require more work...... eg drill bigger holes out of my lian li etc etc.
I would recomed the 7/16 inch for newbies its easy to work with and it has quite a tight fit around most barbs, decreasing the chance of leeking!
1) No - having a larger res will only increase the time it takes to reach equilibrium(spelling?)
2)1/2" ID tubing is considered the best for higher flow systems
3)To drain you remove the system and take one section apart and let it drain into something
4) It should work if its a closed loop - meaning there is no way for the coolant to go out (uncapped fillport or something similar)
5)Danger Den Maze 4 Low Profile GPU heatsinks are what you're looking for
There are some other ones but they are usually a bit higher, they may still fit.
DD Maze 4 - regular one, AquaXtreme MP-1(considered the best GPU waterblock)
but, the only difference between having a larger res aposed to a smaller one is that it will take longer for the larger res to reach the optimum temperature.
a bit hard to word but like you said with the kettle and coffee, both will eventually heat up until they reach boiling temperature, it only takes the larger amount of water a while longer.
if you setup 2 loops with 2 identical computers and both loops are the same execp for one has a large resevoir while the other has a small one, then if you leave them on for a long time, both loops will have the same water temperature. Having a larger res will only slow down the time it takes to hit that temperature.
edit - forgot to mention if your larger resevoir has fins or any other type of cooling structure on it, it will decrease your temps, but very marginally.
If you want a double CD roms sized one its 50 bucks
You do get what you pay for the micor res is a nice piece of work... with rubber O rings and comes with 1/2 and 7/16 inch barbs.
The micro res holds about 114ml
The cd rom sized one holds about 520ml
Mine didnt come with optional smal barbs (figured I didnt need it running 1/2" tubes) + the micro res didnt fit anywhere in the lian li PC V 1000.... I think you guys squeeze it in between the CD rom bay and the side panel. Micro res didnt even fit in the HD rack of Lian Li soo I got CD rom sized res.
I figured that I could hold > 4x the amout of water for 5 bucks more.
It now takes about 3hrs of prime to heat the water up by 1 deg (runing P4 960 OCed to 4.2). My rad is Black Ice extreme III I find I dont really need the fans to cool the water down and I only switch on the fans if the water's temp gets to 30 deg.
The larger res can hold a real doctor's style mercury thermometer inside of it!!! ... (The most accurate way of measuring water temps!)
I dont mind seeing the water in the res from the front of the case..... and I like the fact that the 2 barbs on it are far apart letting the water mix a little unlike the mico res.