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Looking to see what the best fittings and tubing is for this kit, to optimse water flow. Any help much appreciated
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Hey bro, Flow kinda depends on the pump and its capacity to push water through your blocks and rads, not so much depends on the tube size or fittings. Just make sure the fitting matches the tubing ID. i.e. 1/2 ID barb = 1/2 ID tube. Tubing is personal preference, same with whether you go compression fitting or just barbs. With just one block and one rad the RS kit is pretty good and you can always add to that kit.
    
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Depending on what you want to spend but the cheapest thing for the highest flow rate would be 1/2" barbs with 3/8" tubing. I.E. What comes in the set. these are good as you get very little turbulence as the liquid moves through the fittings as the ID of the fitting is more or less the same as the ID of the tube. Is also much more secure than 1/2" tube on 1/2" barb as its such a tight fit you need to heat the tube (use hot/boiling water dip the end in) to get the tube over the barb, makes clips/ties overkill no way those are falling off (edit: not saying not to use them for the cost you most definitely should still)

Flow rate wise with just a cpu loop your going to be fine regardless. Personally I went for 1/2" tubing with 1/2" compression fittings just because I like how they look and they are easier to disassemble than barbs. But that's a personal preference.
Edited by Dr216 - 5/11/11 at 5:31am
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I don't agree with the overkill part of zipties/clips for 1/2-3/8. I wouldn't risk leaving my tubes unclamped in my computer. My advice is to go 1/2-3/4". Looks the best, fills up the case aesthetically, and clamps down fine with zipties or metal spring clamps on 1/2" ID barbs. The size differences don't really do much for flow, but if you want the very very best in flow, 1/2-3/4" is highest, but only by a small margin.

To optimize flow in your loop, just make sure there aren't many right angle turns as well as keeping the tubing down to a minimum.
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post #5 of 11
Tubing size doesn't matter, you wont notice a temperature difference.


It is generally best to go with the thicker walled tubing however, this just helps to reduce kinking and thinner walled tubing is fine when installed properly (with common sense)

I would go for either 3/8" ID 5/8" OD tubing, ot 1/2" ID 3/4" OD.

Get fitting to match the tubing, you can get 3/8" tubing on 1/2" barbs, but it's a total pain and really not worth it.


If you want the easiest and bet looking solution, you could get compression fittings, but the cheapest will be barbs and cable ties.




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I don't agree with the overkill part of zipties/clips for 1/2-3/8. I wouldn't risk leaving my tubes unclamped in my computer.
Honestly, if you manage to get 3/8" tubing on a 1/2" barb, the problem is getting it off again...

I recently tried it out and I had to cut the tubing off the barbs! It's pretty safe imo.
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Thanks guys, think i might use the standard fittings and barbs that come with the kit. So this tubing will fit fine?

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Thanks guys, think i might use the standard fittings and barbs that come with the kit. So this tubing will fit fine?

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yes it will fit, but will be hard to get on, dip the end in hot water to soften it up before pushing it onto the barb
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yes it will fit, but will be hard to get on, dip the end in hot water to soften it up before pushing it onto the barb
Well they have the 1/2" ID tubing there aswell but i can find any 7/16" ID in New Zealand. I would prefer a much tighter fit than go with the 1/2" ID tubing as im very cautious with leaks
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3/8 id tubing is what the kit comes with for that exact reason it will fit over a 1/2" barb but getting it off afterward? hell no
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3/8 id tubing is what the kit comes with for that exact reason it will fit over a 1/2" barb but getting it off afterward? hell no
Incorrect. XSPC comes with 7/16"ID-5/8"OD tubing, not 3/8"ID.
     
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