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Thanks everyone for such quick replies! smile.gif
So my plans have changed, you all think I should only have one loop? And I should use two separate 120mm radiators for each of my GPU's.
I'm starting to get intimidated by the order of my loop.
I was hoping to use 3/8 ID tubing, is this not a good decision? Would 1/2 ID suffice?
And are you saying I have a choice of whether to use Compression fittings or barbs?
Thank you everyone, and sorry for the silly questions rolleyes.gif
And I'm getting on to reading those faqs you sent tongue.gif
Oh and also, I'm not sure if this was clear: I have 2 Graphics cards, not 4.

you keep the 2 rx360 you don't need to buy seperate 120 rads, the 120mm refers to rad space eg a 360 is 3x120mm

tubing : 3/8" ID 5/8" OD with the same size compression fittings is what I use

a 590 has 2 gpu chips 2 of them = 4 gpus
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post #13 of 31
1/2" barbs with 7/16" ID tubing. Cleanest looking and least amount of hassle IMHO. Compression fittings are nice, but I find the 1/2" ones especially bulky looking plus they are usually around 3 to 4 times more than a regular barb.

1/2" ID tubing with1/2" barbs is pretty standard too, although depending on the type of tubing I feel like you're placing a lot of trust in whatever hose clamps you decide to purchase with it. With the 7/16th I just use zip-ties for extra insurance, but it's a really tight seal regardless of clamps.

Just make sure you have a thermos of boiling water beside you to dip the ends of the 7/16 tubing in so you can easily fit it over the 1/2" barbs. Makes a super tight fit. And to get it off? I just use paper towel dipped in the hot water, wrap it around where the barb/tube meet, pinch and pull. Too easy.

Although I think everyone has their preferred setup. After using compression fittings and various barb sizes, this is by far my favorite method.

You'll need 2 barbs per component. So 2 for each pump, 2 for each block, 2 for each res, etc. Simple in/out plumbing.
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post #14 of 31
Well the nice thing is he doesn't have to worry about different thread types. G1/4 with whatever OD and ID he ends up going with. To me 3/8 or 1/2 is personal preference but I try to make sure I get a thick wall for my tube and the appropriate fittings to complement. If he goes 3/8 ID 5/8 OD the fittings tend to go up in price by 20% verses 1/2 ID 3/4 OD fittings.
post #15 of 31
it depends what make of fittings you go for, I Bought my gear from specialtech in uk (as I live there) and just got thier own make fittings wasn't any where near the price of bitspower and Ithey work just as well
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I think I will be getting XSPC fittings. I want to get everything from the same manufacturer, it just feels safer tongue.gif
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Yeah I was speaking more about bitspower. I just tend to trust the quality but again personal preference smile.gif
post #18 of 31
Like many of the others have said so far, Compression and Barbs comes down to your own tastes. All the waterblocks have G1/4 threads and is universal to the barbs and compressions to fit into. Barbs are recommended to be used with clamps to prevent any flow out of the sides, while compression fittings is just a fitting that tightly wraps around the tubing. I prefer compressions due to the look and requiring only 1 thing vs barbs and clamps. I've used 3/8 Tubing on a 1/2 barb with clamps and let me tell you it was a ***** to get on as well as get off. The looks and finish of the barb compared to the compression fittings also do not look as good in my opinion.

Look at the items you buy some stores will give barbs for free and others do not. See which items come with barbs and which ones do not. If you want to use barbs make sure the OD is the same for your clamps and not the ID. My brother has made the mistake of buying barbs for his ID, which do not fit around the tubing and was a waste of $.
post #19 of 31
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I've used 3/8 Tubing on a 1/2 barb with clamps and let me tell you it was a ***** to get on as well as get off. The looks and finish of the barb compared to the compression fittings also do not look as good in my opinion.

Read my above post ^. Did you use boiling water? I know a lot of people have complained about removing tubing from barbs, but honestly jsut applying a little heat makes it as easy as anything else.
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post #20 of 31
The kind of money you're already spending, Id go with nice compression fittings. The only thing about them is they HAVE to be built for the exact tube you use. If you go 1/2" id, 3/4" od, then thats the comp. fitting you need. 3/8" id, 1/2" od, etc... And clean EVERYTHING, even fittings and tube before install, with distilled water, near boiling... smile.gif
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