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Hi, I've got myself some these EK materials to make my first solid water cooling setup

tubing: EK-HD Tube 10/12mm http://www.ekwb.com/shop/accessories/tubing/solid-tubing/ek-hd-tube-10-12mm-500mm-2-pcs.html

adapter: EK-HD Adapter 10/12mm http://www.ekwb.com/shop/accessories/fittings/hd-adapters/ek-hd-adapter-csq-10-12mm-black.html

and this fancy little DYI kit : http://www.ekwb.com/shop/accessories/tools/ek-hd-tube-d-i-y-kit-10and12mm.html

This project is not intended for gpu, but rather my CPU loop.

so do I need any extra materials of fittings, and also what kind of nipple size's? This post might sound really stupid, but i cant find help anywhere so i really need to ask here for your tips and guidance, especially for you guys who have done this acrylic tubing yourself.

I have a regular WC setup already which i have done completely myself from scratch so im not inexperienced with normal tubing and such.. just stuck on this little project. Any help would be really appreciated smile.gif
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post #2 of 6
all you need to do is plan your route out properly. I take it you have a heatgun for bending the tube?

start by making your first 90' bend & work from there. start with your shortest run first to avoid lots of waste aswell, but leave a little extra either side for cutting and sanding a beveled edge.

heat the tube a good 6'' inches in length before you bend to avoid kinks or misforming the tube. don't put the heatgun to close or try to heat/bend to fast or it will bubble & deform.

slow & evenly is the best remedy. just practice on the shortest runs first. as you go along you will find the technique

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post #3 of 6
i think your looking for multi link adapters. They were originally made for connection between multiple gpu cards, but have since evolved into this.

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g30/c703/s2056/list/p1/Liquid_Cooling-Rigid_Acrylic_-_Fittings-12mm_Rigid_Fitting-Page1.html

if u got 10/12 the inner tube size is 10 and outer tube size is 12, so u need a 12mm adapter. they come in all types of fittings. from the standard to all sorts of angled and even couplers too.

Thats if your not into bending it yourself

Otherwise, u also need some sort of jig where u can mark 90degree bends with like the plastic holder for teflon tape and mark 2 points for 90 degrees so u know when to stop bending. eyeing it doesnt look very nice.
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post #4 of 6
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Thanks for the tips smile.gif
So the adapter i already have is not enough?
My main problem is that i cant get the tube to connect with the adapter so I know im doing something really stupid and its making me crazy.. like its just wont fit.
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The adapters you have should be just fine. It should take a little force to get them in just be careful not to rip the ring. Also sand down the outside edge to 45 degree to make pushing through the ring easier. The adapters I showed you are in case u don't want to do any bends and have all straight tubes with fittings. Search RoboCop build.

If your bending remember to always wear gloves. Damn heat guns super hot and holding your bends for that 30 seconds after really hurt lol. When heating keep far enough from the gun or it will fog / bubble. And keep turning it while heating. Careful while pulling the silicone tube out too. I snapped a line once and had to start all over again.

YouTube the monsoon hard line video to get the basics of bending.
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post #6 of 6
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Okay, really appreciate it. I will try, hopefully I don't crack the tubing, would be a waste, but I believe sanding it down a bit would be exactly what I'll need.
Im planning on bending it all at once, and i will remember the gloves.. i'm good at burning myself.
Hopefully I'll update in a couple of days when i'm home and have tried it out too see how it works! thumb.gif
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