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post #1 of 12
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This isn't a "is so and so size better then this one?" question I've already looked into that anyways to the main topic

Whats a good size in terms of looks? This is my first water cooling set up I have everything, but fittings and tube because I can't really pick.

I don't want something so small that you can't really see, but I don't want something huge you know? I'm building this mostly for looks and I'll be using Mayhem's Aurora and I want it to be noticeable.

I was looking at 3/8 x 5/8, but it kind of looks small and I have nothing to compare it to... so I figured I'd ask people more knowledgeable on the subject than me.
post #2 of 12
My last build had 3/4" OD tubes. I think that's too big. I like to see the machine and large tubing kinda get in the way of that. So if I build with plastic tubes again, I will use the slimnest I can find. Probably the 5/8" OD ones. 1/2" OD if I can find it and get it to fit my fittings.

But I think this is more of a personal taste issue so you might completely disagree.

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post #3 of 12
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I know not every ones views will be the same, just looking for other peoples opinions.

Just finding it hard to pick one seeing as I have no way to actually get it in my hands and look at it.
post #4 of 12
What I did is I ordered a foot of each size with my first order to FrozenCPU. But if you want to order everything in one shot, that might not be an option.
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I actually might do that.
post #6 of 12
3/4 OD is too thick IMO. Aesthetically, 5/8 OD seems to be just right size. Most modern cpu blocks barely support 3/4 OD compression fittings. But they look very awkward.
post #7 of 12
I think also tube size can depend on size of case, I had 1/2" ID 3/4" OD tubing in my haf x originally but it look to bulky so I swapped it to 3/8 ID 5/8 OD, and think it looks better if you look at my build between the blue and white tube it will give you an idea
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post #8 of 12
Just go to Lowe's or Ace, any hardware store really and look at tubing size lol.

I like my tubing fat because small tubing looks out of place in a big case idk why.
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Just go to Lowe's or Ace, any hardware store really and look at tubing size lol.
True that! But this way, he won't be able to get a feel for flexibility and such, which is really why I ordered a foot of each. I needed the softest possible tubing for a specific application.
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post #10 of 12
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I think also tube size can depend on size of case, I had 1/2" ID 3/4" OD tubing in my haf x originally but it look to bulky so I swapped it to 3/8 ID 5/8 OD, and think it looks better if you look at my build between the blue and white tube it will give you an idea

My case is a Mountain mod pinnacle 24 with a pedestal, so its like 3 and half feet tall lol its why I didn't want super small tubing it would look funny..

3/8 x 5/8 seems like the size I'm after, its very even and right in the middle I just ordered a foot to see.

Another reason I don't want it to big is I'm running an SR-2 and like...everything on the board has a waterblock even the ram so I'll have tube running all over the place..

Has anyone messed with acrylic tubes? I've seen people use crystal link, but you can get the stuff by the foot a lot cheaper.
Has anyone ever done it here? would it damage the fittings? I think it'd be alright if you file it down after cutting it and get it real smooth I think it would look a lot cleaner.

As for the lowes idea I didn't even think of that lmao wow..
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