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What is the difference in tube sizes?

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I am to lazzy to research this,

but, what is the impact of using different size tubing?

I have a setup for 1/2" at the moment, but since I am changing my setup to include an extra EX240 rad. and a VRM and NB chip block.

I am wondering if there is going to be much difference in using 1/2" 7/16" and 3/8" tubing.

I am thinking running that much tubing in 1/2" will look messy. So 3/8" is what I am thinking to make tighter bends and not so messy looking.

What do you people's think?

Thanks in advance thumb.gif
post #2 of 6
Well if you get thicker walled tubing it resists collapsing, but isn't as flexible when you route it. Thinner tubing can collapse but is easily routed through the case. 1/2 is a nice medium and used alot. Bigger tubing also reduces restriction.
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Well if you get thicker walled tubing it resists collapsing, but isn't as flexible when you route it. Thinner tubing can collapse but is easily routed through the case.

 

 

This ^

 

I use 7/16'' tubing, it's a little easier to route IMHO. Although, it's not as popular and fittings are hard to find sometimes. Well, I should say fittings that don't cost $40 a pop.

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post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by Maelthras View Post

Bigger tubing also reduces restriction.

So would there be much of restriction between them, 1/2" 7/16" and 3/8" questionmark.gif
post #5 of 6
The difference between the tubing sizes is negligible to a large degree (see http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=515368 for example for tests) as long as you are not going for something silly small.

So going whats cheapest locally (or for what you already have good pile of fittings) is, in my opinion, the most reasonable route. Or if you happen to like the look of some particular standard a lot more than others.

If you already have plenty of fittings for 1/2'' and desire something fresh you could always change the tubing color smile.gif
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post #6 of 6
If you have 1/2 fittings go with 1/2 or 7/16, not much difference, 1/2 has a little better flow rates. that's it.
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