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^^Pliers man, pliers. I have some of those primo clamps. And you're right they are tight, too snug for my tastes though.

Lol yea i used Channellocks to get them on not gonna leak with them lol once you get them on i swear some of them took me 20mins of twisting and pulling to get them all the way on and im a big guy 6 foot 6 330 pounds so im not weak lol.
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sorry about what happen. i've only tried bitspower, ek and xspc compression fittings. imo, xspc is not only the cheapest, but the best fittings between the 3. the tube bites the xspc compression barb so well, that i was able to bleed my loop without screwing down the compressions (even when i moved my case around to get out the bubbles). you literally have to yank the tube with some force to get it off the xspc compression barb. id have no problem leaving it as is, but having the compression screwed on does make it aesthetically pleasing.

xspc doesn't make any rotary angle adapter fittings. i used ek for those fittings, and not only are they cheap too, but they also match perfectly with xspc compression fittings.

as for gpu, my recommendation would be the power color 7870 myth edition (tahiti le).
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I actually used the next size up of metal clamps and it worked great. I only use 7/16 5/8 tube on half inch barbs so clamps aren't really important, just for peace of mind but the 5/8 clamps were way to tight to use ... even the 3/4 clamps are a pain to get off and on with pliers and you cant always get to them in a PC case.
I mainly just use compressions now though ... a million times easier and zero problems.
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I actually used the next size up of metal clamps and it worked great. I only use 7/16 5/8 tube on half inch barbs so clamps aren't really important, just for peace of mind but the 5/8 clamps were way to tight to use ... even the 3/4 clamps are a pain to get off and on with pliers and you cant always get to them in a PC case.
I mainly just use compressions now though ... a million times easier and zero problems.

That works for smaller tube sizes, but you are screwed if you use 1/2-3/4. wink.gif

The milled BP clamps are awesome btw and of course compressions, yay for choices.
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I have yet to find something more secure than a BP fatboy barb and worm drive clamps. They don't look very nice, but I think they are a bit more secure than most compression fittings.

I have also come to appreciate the hard bolt through clamps like these:
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/bisilutucllt1.html

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Not cheap, but they work well. The Swiftech H220 has a similar clamp on their kit and there is not getting the tubing off with a large barb. It is solid.

Koolance clamps also work pretty well and are cheap, just not as easy to remove as the others since they are always acting like a spring. I have used them and would trust them much more than any plastic type clamp and never had one leak through lots of testing.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7888/koo-151/Koolance_Reusable_19mm_34_OD_Hose_Clamp_CLM-19.html?tl=g30c289s723

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Phobya makes a similar one to the BP but at a reduced price;
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/15234/ex-tub-1207/Phobya_Reusable_34_OD_Hose_Clamp_-_Black_68124.html?tl=g30c289s723#blank

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I'm a bit old school in liking a good solid metal clamp I guess, but when it comes to high pressure loops, I still like my barb and metal clamp..smile.gif

Go for the monsoons if you want the visual appeal, but the barb and clamp is still a good option. You just need to toss those plastic clamps away, they just don't have the strength you really need for 3/4" OD tubing.
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I got home depot clamps, cost 50cents for whole loop but I got 7/16 tubes over 1/2 barbs got clamps on rad and CPU block just on case leak it's on gpu or res or pump. So it won't kill CPU mobo psu ext...
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I got a chance to look though the specs on the 660 vs. 7870 and I definitely want to stick with ATI. Enough that I may wait for tax returns and pick up a complete set 4. It adds up to more hp than a 7990 at that $1k price. Will have to keep researching that though.

Martinm210: been reading your work for years, you are the most thorough person I have come across on any enthusiast forum. Thank you for your input. After looking at the BP clamps I definitely believe that would be a more cost effective upgrade considering I already have all BP 1/2 barbs.

As for MB I have found a really good deal on an Asus Z9PE-D8 Dual LGA 2011. I can fill that out with quad-core Xeons and 16GBram for about $1150, which works if I put off buying the video card for now.

The only problem there is it wont fit in the Zalman Z7. Off I go to search for a $100 EEB size case!
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ugh! I forgot how much I dislike shopping for a decent case. They all just look like a big box to me!

So I may just go about designing a case while I am working waterblocks, and maybe even theme the whole thing.
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ugh! I forgot how much I dislike shopping for a decent case. They all just look like a big box to me!

So I may just go about designing a case while I am working waterblocks, and maybe even theme the whole thing.


How serious or big of a loop do you have planned?


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tsm106: That is a really nice case. Almost like a display case. It looks like a corsair?

As for size/number of loops, since I have decided to try my luck at making my own blocks, I will probably go for full coverage. I have a another d5, but may use more. I am thinking something like:

loopA: pump>rad>cpu>mem>mem>gpu>gpu>mosfet>res>pump
loopB: pump>rad>cpu>mem>mem>gpu>gpu>mosfet>res>pump

The southbridge looks like it would be covered up by the GPU's so I will have to figure out if that is worth trying to put under water.

This is all subject to change, mostly based on how restrictive my block design ends up being.
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