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I prefer a clean look to my builds, rather than the LEDs and whatnot. While cool, it's just not my taste I guess.

What I'm trying to say is that I prefer either clear or black tubing as well.

I learned some hard lessons during my first ever build, which happened to be watercooled:

Tygon black laboratory tubing is NOT a viable option. Plasticizer will leak everywhere and ruin your loop.
Tygon clear plasticizer-free tubing is an option, but I don't recommend it as it is very inflexible when you need to make a bend. It also has a tendency to come out of the bit if it isn't easily secured into place.

I may be purchasing some new tubing since I will be getting a new reservoir. I do really appreciate the quality of Tygon's clear, plasticizer-free tubing, but it just isn't flexible enough.

Does anyone know where I can find the best plasticizer-free tubing, in black or clear, for my loop? I would prefer clear to be honest... If Tygon offers something more flexible that I bypassed, please let me know! The Tygon laboratory tubing was perfectly flexible, but it yucked everything up beyond belief.
post #2 of 28

Check this stuff out, I have the same stuff but red. Handles bending well, hasn't lost color.. ect 

 

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_413_292&products_id=23924

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Hmmm, I heard all this stuff about plasticizer when I first considered Tygon. I went ahead and bought the clear and have had no problems so far. Some said it would cloud in a few weeks, but mine is crystal clear over a month later. I will be interested to see how it lasts at the 6 month point.
 
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had some clear stuff. microcenter and it was bad clouded up, but the black i got in now i cant tell nothing in res under water over a year, after a few mods to it all still nothing in loop. distilled water and ptnuke.
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post #5 of 28
platicizer is what gives tubing the increased ability to flex/bend well, as does thicker 1/8 tubing like 3/8 ID 5/8 OD. The best bet is tubing that has plasticizer free in the inner bore only, if you still want really tight bends, though I have used 3/8 5/8 in tygon beverage without issue even with fairly tight bends, dont know if you had issues with thicker or just thinner version of it. Have seen inner bore plasticizer free advertised before, though primochill pro lrt used to have that advertisement though could be wrong, and they definitely dont have that advertisement anymore, and have had recent issues with it.
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Have anyone tried this tubing from Danger Den, I havent been able to find any reviews, but it looks really good.

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One person here post 5 said he liked the Danger Den Dreamflex tubing, but it did have plasticizer/clouding after a month.
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Nothing wrong with Primoflex, love this tubing.
    
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I just read on Wikipedia:
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Tygon Silver Tubing has a plasticizer-free inner bore and a silver-based compound on the inner surface to decrease bacterial growth and protect against microbes.

I bought some of this when I first started my rig but wanted to go with something more "matching" to my build. I also liked the thought of being able to see the water moving in the tubes. So then I bought black (what a contradiction, eh?) and got all the plasticizer issues. I went with clear after that (like $150 later) and had no problems. However, I still have all of the silver tubing I originally purchased up in a bag in the attic, so if worse comes to worst, I could always use that.

Do you think it would look stupid or cause issues with the whole "antimicrobial silver-based compound"?
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I'm probably gonna have to live with plasticizer for a while, since my current build requires some very tight bends, and Tygon's just can't handle those.

This is what I'm going for... Except with 2011 and both sets of RAM under water.

So if you're anything like me, plasticizer will be a necessary evil for some time.

P.S. Can anyone tell me what RAM block he's using? its beautiful!
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