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Does it really make a difference? I was originally planning to get 7/16" ID 5/8" OD... but since this is an up-and-coming build, I have any selection I want.

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Flow difference? Temperature difference? Same thing, is it all for looks?
What is the most common tube size?
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I may go with 7/16" ID 5/8" OD compression fittings and tubing because I can get the compression fittings for $1.40 cheaper than the 1/2" ID 3/4" OD... hehe... that would save me around $20!
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7/16 seems so small go with 1/2" or 3/4"!!
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7/16" is 1/16" smaller than 1/2"... I'm sure the real world difference is under .5c

On the side note, I would still like to know what is the most common compression fitting size.
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1/2" is the best diameter there is!
Most common compression fitting size is 1/2" and 3/4" ...the BitsPower 3/4 ones sell like cakes.
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It's not about temps with tube diameters, it's more personal. For me it's 1/2-3/4 or bust.
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7/16" is 1/16" smaller than 1/2"... I'm sure the real world difference is under .5c

On the side note, I would still like to know what is the most common compression fitting size.
I use 7/16"ID 5/8"OD Masterkleer and think it's great. No clouding. Same tubing since June 2010.

There will be no significant flow or temp difference at least down to 3/8" ID so get what you like. Good luck.
    
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I'm a big fan of 7/16's tubing wherever a barb is involved. Makes for a nice, tight, clampless fit. Tubing size makes for a next-to-nothing difference in cooling performance.
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post #9 of 17
Tubing size doesn't really matter. It pretty much just depends on what you like. I like to use 1/2"ID 3/4"OD or 1/2"ID 5/8"OD.
It just depends on what you like.

Many companies that make it too, it just depends on what you like. I use Primochill and Tygon.

For barbs I always use 7/16"ID on a 1/2" barb.
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I'll be using Bitspower Compression Fittings for $5 each. 7/16" ID 5/8" OD.
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