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Back in the day, I just picked up clear vinyl tubing from the hardware store that was the right size to match my fittings (or close enough; english vs. metric sizes are different by far less than the "squeeze" of the plastic).

But now I see all kinds of tubing advertised for PC liquid cooling. Many of them claim to be fancy-dandy vinyl of some kind.

What's the scoop?

—John
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Originally Posted by JDługosz View Post
Back in the day, I just picked up clear vinyl tubing from the hardware store that was the right size to match my fittings (or close enough; english vs. metric sizes are different by far less than the "squeeze" of the plastic).

But now I see all kinds of tubing advertised for PC liquid cooling. Many of them claim to be fancy-dandy vinyl of some kind.

What's the scoop?

—John
Primochill. 7/16 tubing on 1/2 fittings. My preference.

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Originally Posted by JDługosz View Post
Back in the day, I just picked up clear vinyl tubing from the hardware store that was the right size to match my fittings (or close enough; english vs. metric sizes are different by far less than the "squeeze" of the plastic).

But now I see all kinds of tubing advertised for PC liquid cooling. Many of them claim to be fancy-dandy vinyl of some kind.

What's the scoop?

—John
plastic tube from the hardware store, will slowly allow water to evaporate, the tubing they specially make for watercooling doesnt, its a special type of PVC
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post #4 of 8
go with primochill, end of story. very hard to kink and high quality. they also offer kink coils in case you want extra protection.
Edited by greatonekb - 10/29/11 at 9:10pm
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Primochill's tubing is very good. A lot of the tubing from the hardware store is really really stiff and will cloud up easily due to plasticisers.
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plastic tube from the hardware store, will slowly allow water to evaporate, the tubing they specially make for watercooling doesnt, its a special type of PVC
I thought it was the fittings, especially quick-disconnect, that allowed most of the evaporation. I've never heard of water evaporating through vinyl tube walls.
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It can but man were talking a long time to see a drop in your res lol. I think you would take your loop down for cleaning before you see a drop in your water level
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My original install (P4 Prescott, GPU, NB, HDD) showed no loss of water.

After I rebuilt (different MB) I added quick-disconnect fittings because it is difficult to connect compression fittings in-situ. So I make the hose long enough for the component to clear the case, with "plugs".

Then, I got some loss over time. I added a little water from time to time, and once the pump sucked air.

So I blamed it on the plugs.

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