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post #1 of 15
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Hey!
I'm working on a build with a good friend of mine, we are considering of using 10mm copper pipes instead of tubing. I still have a few questions.
What kind of fittings are needed? this?
How do those fittings work?
How would i disassemble the loop? Thinking that copper doesn't bend like tubing, can i not use copper somewhere where it makes a few turns and can't be sort of pulled out in one direction to remove?
I want to make a drain port, where should i put it and what to use?

Thanks! thumb.gif

Here's the current plan: Note: very professional paint work right here


420mm rad top, 120mm back, two tube reses, the red line is a cover we are going to do, and the blue line the window we are gonna do, And ofc there CPU and GPU block

Loop order:
Res
pump
GPU
120mm rad
CPU
420mm rad
Res

Case is zigmatek elysium

Also note that 120mm rad between GPU and CPU is not for better temps, for looks only, i know order doesn't effect. Just saying it before someone else does
post #2 of 15
Copper pipes use soldered fittings.
The fittings you linked to are for plastic pipe.
Drain is usually located at the lowest point in the loop for the obvious reason.
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How do i make the drain port? What kind of fittings? Can you give a link? Both the drain port and the pipe smile.gif
Thanks
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Originally Posted by EPiiKK View Post

How do i make the drain port? What kind of fittings? Can you give a link? Both the drain port and the pipe smile.gif
Thanks

There's a monstrous thread right here that's discussing copper tubing. Fortunately the topic at the moment is fittings.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1280153/pipe-bending-101/
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thumb.gif on the dual res, makes bleeding so much easier.
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There's a monstrous thread right here that's discussing copper tubing. Fortunately the topic at the moment is fittings.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1280153/pipe-bending-101/
I posted there two or three times about the fittigs no reply... i'll read the recent conversation trough tho.
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thumb.gif on the dual res, makes bleeding so much easier.

Between them? What kind of parts do i need?
post #7 of 15
If you want to use copper pipe then just get some small ball valve at home depot. Easiest way to do a drain. Honestly you can just use a fill port flipped upside down
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Copper pipes use soldered fittings.
The fittings you linked to are for plastic pipe.
Drain is usually located at the lowest point in the loop for the obvious reason.
Not necessarily when it comes to water cooling. The fittings I used are not soldered fittings, and look similar to the ones linked in the OP.

The fittings work by pushing the copper pipe into the fitting, and either an o-ring seals against the pipe, or there are small metal "teeth" that grab onto the pipe on the inside of the fitting, which release when the blue "ring" (such as in the fittings in my build) is pushed down. There are also "compression" fittings available, but I don't see those used as often for some reason, even though I think it would provide a more secure fit.
Copper pipe would require a pipe cutter and a bender to cut and form the copper to create the bends you need.
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post #9 of 15
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Yeah im prepared to do some bending and cutting wink.gif
Still is it easy to disassemble the loop? Mainly thinking of parts like the cpu -> 420 rad pipe
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Usually I have more trouble installing/removing straight pipes, so you shouldn't have much trouble.
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