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anything wrong with 3/8 id 5/8 od tubing?

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i started my first build with 1/2-3/4 tubing, for single cpu loop it was ok but i then realize how fat and hard to deal with are this tubing. Then i decided in my second build with (cpu and 2 gpu block) to use 7/16-5/8 tubing with 1/2 barb no clamp (tubing look awesome and not fat). It looks sweet but now i have decided to redo my build with compression fitting (looks nice). i know most of you would say that 7/16 no clamp would not cause leak but i rather have clamp (which i hate) or compression just for piece of mine to be 99% leak secure.

My problem is now that with 7/16 - 5/8 there's not many option of compression fitting (i only see bitspower). With 3/8-5/8 theres a ton of option for compression fitting, koolance, bitspower, enzotech etc. Now, going 3/8id - 5/8od i'm i comprimising performance or would i get about the same perfomance?
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post #2 of 7
I've used that tubing size and seen no effect whatsoever on temps. I would go for it. The shorter you keep the tubing runs the better.
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I went from 1/2-3/4 with barbs to 3/8-5/8 with compression and havn't notice any loss in performance
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Sub as I am about to pull trigger on compression. Read some were that 3/8id - 5/8od is better than 3/8id - 1/2od and 1/2id - 3/4od is better than 1/2id - 5/8od cause of kink, can anyone confirm? Thinking of going same as OP since I would like full WC and 1/2-3/4 would be to thick for full WC on a Mid tower.
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post #5 of 7
5/8" OD tubing is slightly less prone to kinks than 1/2" OD tubing simply because the walls are thicker. I also think it looks better.
 
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post #7 of 7
You don't want to go below 3/8 inch ID, because it introduces un-needed restriction. But 3/8" is perfectly fine, it's the smallest worthwhile size to use.
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