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Hey guys about to buy my first WC loop (CPU only for now, will add GPU's come 8000 series) and I picked out my parts. I was wondering if there is anything wrong at all or anything I can improve or save a few bucks on.

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Honestly if you want to save a few bucks you don't need compression fittings, QDs, Clamps, Filling syringe, reducer fittings. Good old 1/2 barbs with 3/8th tubing and zip ties will keep everything together just fine (more than a few people including myself feel that 3/8th tube on 1/2 barbs is tight enough to not need a clamp period but I have zip ties just to be safe) Spend that money on a good rad and pump, since you don't have those two listed in the pic.
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I already have a d5 and two black ice gt 240mm thick rads. I really like the look of compression fittings and they aren't too much more expensive than the barbs. I need the reducers to integrate my maximus V formula mobo block. What's a good alternative for QDs?
Edited by hammadj - 3/19/13 at 9:10pm
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I already have a d5 and two black ice gt 240mm thick rads. I really like the look of compression fittings and they aren't too much more expensive than the barbs. I need the reducers to integrate my maximus V formula mobo block. What's a good alternative for QDs?

I am in no way saying don't get them, I was just saying if a few bucks is what your looking for haha. They do look great just not worth it in my opinion. for the reducers, what size are the barbs on the mobo?if they are 3/8th like i think(since you got 1/2 to 3/8th reducer) why not just run 3/8 tubing in the whole system? the step up to 1/2 tubing isn't going to be noticeable. you can use 1/2 barbs on everything else and just use the smaller tube for a tighter fit. The quick disconnects there really isn't an alternative to, what is it that you need to be able to remove easily?
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I was planning on using them for a drain line. As for the tubing, the fittings for 1/2,3/4 were much cheaper and had more variety. I'll hunt around and see if I can find some good and cheap 3/8, 5/8 fittings.
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post #6 of 11
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I was planning on using them for a drain line. As for the tubing, the fittings for 1/2,3/4 were much cheaper and had more variety. I'll hunt around and see if I can find some good and cheap 3/8, 5/8 fittings.

Dont quote me on this for compression fittings but at least with barbs its better to use 1/2" fittings with 3/8" hose. It gives you a tighter more leak proof connection. So what I'm trying to say is Keep all your 1/2" fittings but just use 3/8 hose on the whole system. that way you don't have to "step down" to 3/8th" from the 1/2" to fit your mother board. there is really no reason to use 1/2" hose over 3/8th" like I said before you wont notice the difference. you wont have to buy the step downs and save a few bucks.

As far as using quick disconnects for the drain hose, Quick disconnects have a check valve in them so when you disconnect them they don't leak. If you want to use them as the drain you would have to buy another set to hook up to them to make them actually drain. much easier to just use the T fitting and have it capped or run a line above the highest point in the system. I dont have anything really when I want to drain I suck the res dry with some extra hose and then just disconnect one of the lines from a barb and let it drain out.
post #7 of 11
you know what I'm sorry, I'm getting my sizes mixed up. I'm thinking of 7/16 not 3/8ths. grr I really should not do this while tired. 7/16 tubing is good to use on 1/2 fittings. just disregard everything I have said you were fine before I started messing with you thumb.gif
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you know what I'm sorry, I'm getting my sizes mixed up. I'm thinking of 7/16 not 3/8ths. grr I really should not do this while tired. 7/16 tubing is good to use on 1/2 fittings. just disregard everything I have said you were fine before I started messing with you thumb.gif

Okay thank god, i was getting really confused. I was thinking "damn, that has got to take some superhuman strength to fit that tubing on those barbs". As for the drain line, I planned to tee of of the loop near the bottom and have the female QD coming off the tee. When I need to drain, I pull the male qd out of my pocket, hook it up to some tubing and connect it to the female qd in the loop.
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post #9 of 11
I agree with ocho to a point. Run 3/8x5/8 tubing. That way you won't need the reducers. You can get compression fittings for that size tube for the same price. Also the bends on the motherboard are going to make it hard to fit a reducer between the CPU block and the mobo heatsink.

You said you have a D5. You'd need an after market top for it if you want to use 3/8 tube, though. The stock top has 1/2 barbs on it.
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I agree with ocho to a point. Run 3/8x5/8 tubing. That way you won't need the reducers. You can get compression fittings for that size tube for the same price. Also the bends on the motherboard are going to make it hard to fit a reducer between the CPU block and the mobo heatsink.

You said you have a D5. You'd need an after market top for it if you want to use 3/8 tube, though. The stock top has 1/2 barbs on it.
That was another reason I was iffy on using 3/8. I do have a DDC as well though. Should I use that instead? I'll sell off whichever one I don't end up using
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