I have an H2o-220 Compact liquid cooler I used with an LGA775 CPU (Q6600). I just upgraded to a Maximus III Formula with an LGA1156 socket (will be using the I7-860). Yes, I OC'd the Q6600 and will be OC'ing the I7.
The pump/water block does not fit the new socket. My question, before I order a new water block (Apogee XT) and seperate pump, do I really require the resevoir as part of the circuit (since it is not a seperate unit with the H20-220 Compact)? Is there an advantage to using the seperate resevoir? Should the new pump include a speed controller or would a full (single) speed pump be sufficient?
1. You can get LGA1156 bracket for the Swiftech GTZ. Contact Swiftech http://www.swiftnets.com/products/apogee-gtz.asp
You can grab the Universal bracket for LGA775/1366/1156 for ~$5.
Part #: GTZ-UHD
The GTZ is still a good block and unless really pushing the OCing you won't notice much of a difference between the XT and the GTZ. (see point # 3 first)
2. No, the microres mounted on the MCP655 is good enough. (IIRC that kit came with a MCP655-B?)
3. The ONLY major upgrade I recommend that that you get a 320/360 rad. The change in the rad would have more affect than the change in the CPU block. Not much sure on the LGA1156 i7 860 but the i7 920 NEEDS a 320/360 rad esp. when OCing.
I'm fairly new to WC'ing, so take this with a grain of salt...
Reservoirs are not required, but they do make filling and bleeding the system a LOT easier. I've reconfigured both my sealed systems and had to bleed them several times without reservoirs. My method of filling/bleeding: submerge one component of the system (I do a radiator) in a bath of coolant. with one line to that component disconnected but still in the bath, let the system run. Giggle/tip/turn each part to get all the air out. Once you're happy with the look/noise of the system, Connect that last hose while everything is under water. Pull it out and dry it off - you've now got a sealed, air free system. Pros of a sealed system: no evaporation or risk of contamination. Just make sure your bucket, component you're submerging and hands are very clean to keep the crud out of the system.
Also, I have found the MP355 pump to be a bit too much for my setup - email@example.com, 2 single 120 radiators, CPU and GPU blocks. I wish I would have gotten the MP350 for less noise.