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Great guide, beat me to it! I'm getting all my copper stuff in this week so I'll definitely be having an awesome weekend coming up biggrin.gif If anyone is looking for 12mm copper tubing, go to:
www.coppertubingsales.com
EXTREMELY CHEAP compared to McMasterCarr. The only downside is that you have to buy a 10 meter roll from them and they will not sell anything less. But is is an awesome deal and you can save the rest of the copper for your next build!
If you are looking to use BitsPower 1/4 SLI fittings then STAY AWAY from 1/2" tubing. It will be a nightmare. Trust me, I've tried. BUT, if you have a lot of time and love sanding untill your fingers fall off, it can be done.
Now all we need to add to this guide is how to polish, paint and how to go about chroming these pipes. I know chroming might have to be done by a professional, but maybe there are some cool looking alternatives. Good Job OP!

Wait, which fittings are you going to use? Link please.
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Wait, which fittings are you going to use? Link please.

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/big1sishmuad.html

All you have to do is pick your color and your favorite site to buy them from thumb.gif
post #23 of 2174
My dumb question of the day... OK to use polished stainless tubing or a copper only thing ?
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My dumb question of the day... OK to use polished stainless tubing or a copper only thing ?

As long as it is not aluminum tubing, you should be OK. Copper tubing is the safest and that is the only tubing I have seen being used in liquid cooling builds.
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As long as it is not aluminum tubing, you should be OK. Copper tubing is the safest and that is the only tubing I have seen being used in liquid cooling builds.

Thanks. I thought I had seen builds using what looked like polished stainless, apparently guys are bending/cutting the copper tubing to fit, then sending it out to be chromed ? Interesting nonetheless.
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Thanks. I thought I had seen builds using what looked like polished stainless, apparently guys are bending/cutting the copper tubing to fit, then sending it out to be chromed ? Interesting nonetheless.

Exactly. I have been trying to look for chrome/nickel plated copper tubing with no luck. I also thought that I might be able to do it myself. Turns out chrome plating can only be done by professionals.
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Thanks. I thought I had seen builds using what looked like polished stainless, apparently guys are bending/cutting the copper tubing to fit, then sending it out to be chromed ? Interesting nonetheless.

People get them nickle plated.
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Can I also use a dremel or a saw to cut copper tubing?
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http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/big1sishmuad.html
All you have to do is pick your color and your favorite site to buy them from thumb.gif

Ok.. I thought you were looking at some crazy ones or something.
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My dumb question of the day... OK to use polished stainless tubing or a copper only thing ?
You can use stainless but it is a lot harder to bend manually
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Which do you use?
Soft = Coiled
or
Hard = Sticks
Coiled = Annealed
Straight = Half/hard (normally)

Annealed is thinner walled and,if done by the book,needs a insert in the ID to maintain wall strength. It is also bent by hand without a bending tool
Half/hard is what im using here,no insert.
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How does this locking ring work? Does it bend the end of the pipe or can you reuse them? Good guide by the way, OCN needed one thumb.gif

It has teeth in a ring which,when pulled up,bite in to the pipe and stop the pipe coming out..
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