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Easier bends with 3/8 ID vs 1/2 ID?

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Watercooling an ITX build and my old 1/2 ID 3/4 OD tubing & fittings is giving me a bear-cat level trouble. Really don't want to drop $60+ in fittings to rout the tubing where I want it to go. So I was thinking of trying 3/8ID 1/2 OD tubing (likely Tygon unless anyone has another opinion) on some cheap(ish) xspc barbs. The barbs & tubing would cost about a third of what I'm looking at for fittings.

So, for your experience, does 3/8 ID bend better (before kinking) than 1/2 ID? Thanks! thumb.gif
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3/8"ID, 1/2"OD kinks too easily unless you're careful with your tubing runs. 3/8"ID, 5/8"OD is much better with the thicker wall tubing better able to resist kinking.
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1/2" x 3x4" tubing is better IMO.
It looks so much better also.
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