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I'm building a simple water loop just to cool a i5-2500k @4,5 and a 7970.

As the title suggests I have no idea on what fitting I should use with a 5/16ID 3/8OD tubing since it's really hard to find this exact size.

Would it be better if I bought another tubing or can I use another size of fitings instead of 5/16ID 3/8OD?
post #2 of 9
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I'm building a simple water loop just to cool a i5-2500k @4,5 and a 7970.

As the title suggests I have no idea on what fitting I should use with a 5/16ID 3/8OD tubing since it's really hard to find this exact size.

Would it be better if I bought another tubing or can I use another size of fitings instead of 5/16ID 3/8OD?

I'd get different tubing, but then I dislike 1/16 wall tubing...kinks too easy...even the high tech anti kinking stuff.

but are you looking at compression or barb fittings? If going barbs just any 3/8 barb...it will fit with a little elbow grease. Compression fittings will need to fit more to the tubing's size. it can leak if the inside isn't tight enough and if too small the compression ring won't fit.
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I prefer compression fittings. If i chose to buy another tubing is there any size you would recommend me?

And thank you ^^
post #4 of 9
I use 7/16" x 5/8" tube. It has great flexibility and think enough was to be pretty kink resistant. 1/2" x 3/4" is also very popular. Whatever tube size you choose, the compression fittings have to have the same dimensions as the tube
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Ok, thank you very much guys.
post #6 of 9
Yeah I like the the 7/16 ID 5/8 OD tubing too. 5/8 compression fittings are a little less massive than the 3/4 ones (and cheaper some times) and if you go barbs on a system you don't even need hose clamps most of the time if you use 1/2 inch barbs...you actually have to cut the tubing to get it off. Though certain areas I will use clamps no matter what just to be safe.

Some people will say that the extra coolant capacity and flow of 7/16 over 3/8 helps too, but that isn't really true...not in any measurable sense. So 3/8 ID 5/8 OD tubing is nice too. I just don't like the looks of it for some reason...just personal preference though.
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post #7 of 9
Just buy one of each size and little pieces of tubing to match... Place it around to see what would it look like and decide from there... If you are patient and have the extra cash to waste.
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post #8 of 9
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I'm really patient but unfortunately I don't have much to waste :/
post #9 of 9
Just make sure you go with the same Inner Dimension and Outer Dimension when matching fittings with tubing. 1/2 x 3/4 and 3/8 x 5/8 have been the most common tubing sizes ive seen so far.
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