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post #11 of 19
I recently got a couple Bitspower fittings for my loop (only a couple, because those suckers are pricey), and then I got a set of 6 Monsoon fittings, and I have loved them every since! I love the look of the bitspower ones, but they are so darned expensive, while the monsoons still look nice, and are a bit cheaper with the neat little wrench.
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post #12 of 19
I've used Monsoon matte white fittings, bitspower black, Enzotech, and koolance fittings. I'm currently in the process of starting another build and plan to use the monsoon fittings because in my experiences they have been the hardest to get the tubing out of when redoing my loop, whereas out of the enzotech and one bitspower fitting with the collars fully tightened down i was able to pull tubing out. ( I think bitspower was from when i first build system and didn't get it on right). Koolance are also fantastic no issues what so ever with them. i would highly recomend the Koolance quick disconnect fittings for draining your loop. makes it easier to swap parts and what not.
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post #13 of 19
I used Swiftech lok-seal compression's (3/8 ID 5/8 OD) and is it just me or was it ridiculously hard to actually screw the compression collars down over tubing by hand? I was struggling even get the threading on the collar to start connecting with the threading on the barb . I double checked I had the right size tubing and fittings but damn getting those collars even screwed 1/4 way down was a challenge. Maybe it was the size of the barb because I had some Koolence QDC's (whose O-rings were DOA but thats another story) with the same OD and ID ratting and I never needed the wrench or even dipping the tubing in hot water to fully screw down the collar on the Koolence fittings. I needed both to get even get the collar screwed 1/2 of the way down with the swiftech compressions, weird eh-smiley.gif
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post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by Rollergold View Post

I used Swiftech lok-seal compression's (3/8 ID 5/8 OD) and is it just me or was it ridiculously hard to actually screw the compression collars down over tubing by hand? I was struggling even get the threading on the collar to start connecting with the threading on the barb . I double checked I had the right size tubing and fittings but damn getting those collars even screwed 1/4 way down was a challenge. Maybe it was the size of the barb because I had some Koolence QDC's (whose O-rings were DOA but thats another story) with the same OD and ID ratting and I never needed the wrench or even dipping the tubing in hot water to fully screw down the collar on the Koolence fittings. I needed both to get even get the collar screwed 1/2 of the way down with the swiftech compressions, weird eh-smiley.gif

The lok seal's look nice, i saw the phobya compression fittings and they looked very nice but im going to sacrifice the looks for what i feel is safety


i'm wondering about the monsoon fittings, will i have an issue in my loop if i used the chrome version of the fittings? I've read too much about paint peeling off the colored versions and i see theres no other one than chrome which isn't going to be painted frown.gif
  
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Originally Posted by Rollergold View Post

I used Swiftech lok-seal compression's (3/8 ID 5/8 OD) and is it just me or was it ridiculously hard to actually screw the compression collars down over tubing by hand? I was struggling even get the threading on the collar to start connecting with the threading on the barb . I double checked I had the right size tubing and fittings but damn getting those collars even screwed 1/4 way down was a challenge. Maybe it was the size of the barb because I had some Koolence QDC's (whose O-rings were DOA but thats another story) with the same OD and ID ratting and I never needed the wrench or even dipping the tubing in hot water to fully screw down the collar on the Koolence fittings. I needed both to get even get the collar screwed 1/2 of the way down with the swiftech compressions, weird eh-smiley.gif

I just got done with my build and I used all the Lok-Seal fittings as well. I had to use a different tubing because I couldn't screw the collars down at all on the fitting."XSPC High Flex PVC Tubing - 3/8" ID (5/8"OD) - Blue / UV Blue" is what worked perfect for me.

"PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing 3/8"ID x 5/8" OD - Brilliant UV Blue" was such a pain in the ass to use, the ID was 1/8" smaller than 3/8 and I cut myself trying to get it on there once. After that I just gave up and ordered the XSPC and it worked like a champ.
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I just got done with my build and I used all the Lok-Seal fittings as well. I had to use a different tubing because I couldn't screw the collars down at all on the fitting."XSPC High Flex PVC Tubing - 3/8" ID (5/8"OD) - Blue / UV Blue" is what worked perfect for me.

"PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing 3/8"ID x 5/8" OD - Brilliant UV Blue" was such a pain in the ass to use, the ID was 1/8" smaller than 3/8 and I cut myself trying to get it on there once. After that I just gave up and ordered the XSPC and it worked like a champ.
wow I used the very same advanced LRT tubing you used and I also ditched it. Went to Tygon R-3603 of the same size instead. Been working great sofar for 2 months and no sign of the plastizer leeching out of it so far thumb.gif
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post #17 of 19
I use barbs and stainless steel hose clamps.

As for why, it comes down to I wanted to keep it simple. I didn't want to worry about inner and outer diameter hose issues and it is quite obvious if I have seated the hose and clamp correctly. I ditched the targeted at watercoolers clamps for ones from the hardware store because I could use a nutdriver to tighten them up. As opposed to the ones I got from swiftech that require a flathead screwdriver. I have better control of the tool and much less risk of a slip while tightening stuff down.

Is it pretty? Nope, but I have never had an issue of a bad seal between the fitting and the hose. I'll take that ease of implementation over the aesthetics of compression fittings.

Total aside, I'm also waiting for a decent 7970 waterblock to reappear on the market -- I can't wait to get that board cooled down to acceptable temperatures.

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[ Has to plan a teardown in the near future... Yes, I'm dreading it. ]
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post #18 of 19
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thanks hex but this thread is about compression fittings smile.gif
  
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I use XSPC Compression fittings as the barb is excellent and holds tubing extremely well. I had to cut the tubing off one of the test fittings just to get it off. thumb.gif
    
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