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I've been searching this forum and im surprised that not too many people, if at all, build with 16mm OD tubing. It looks so much better in giant cases like S5s or 900D, as the 12mm tubing just look like straws.

I have an M-ATX case with a large window and i want to use the 16mm...just trying to see if anyone else on here have any comments about it. Thanks...found a few pictures on google, but nothing in here..



Here's one i found on google, 16mm OD tubing, notice how it flows so well with the fittings, mine just looks like a mushroom right now with the big primochill fitting and 12mm tubing.




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I've been searching this forum and im surprised that not too many people, if at all, build with 16mm OD tubing. It looks so much better in giant cases like S5s or 900D, as the 12mm tubing just look like straws.

In a large case I find that the smaller tubing does look way too small and this is why I chose 16mm for my current build.

Also bear in mind that there is less variety when it comes to fittings for the larger sized tubing so that may keep some from using it.

Check out my build for more photos but here are a couple for this thread....[even 16mm tubing in my build can look small...smile.gif

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it all comes down to preference really. I actually prefer something in the middle. 14mm would be perfect for me but i don't like the fittings offered in anything but 12 and 16mm sizes. I ended up settling on 12mm for my upcoming tear down and hardline rebuild.
    
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I just pulled the trigger on 16mm tubing and bitspower fittings. Sigh, this hobby is a money pit...just when i thought i was happy with my build i see another set up and i change my mind right away...when will this end?
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I just pulled the trigger on 16mm tubing and bitspower fittings. Sigh, this hobby is a money pit...just when i thought i was happy with my build i see another set up and i change my mind right away...when will this end?


It never ends. I've been doing this sort of thing for a long time and I recently wanted to add my 980Ti to my loop. That was it. All of the sudden, I've purchased a new chassis, two new rads, a pile of fans, an Aquaero 6 Pro, all new fittings, PETG tubing, and I'm designing proto boards with relays and whatnot... It gets out of control quick. tongue.gif

I suppose it ends when you run out of money or things to mod. (but you never run out of things to mod!)
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I used 16mm hardtubing for my TT modcontest build "Yeti lives" I find the size ok for such a big case like the TT Core X9 smile.gif

http://community.thermaltake.com/index.php?/topic/1438-germany-andy-weber-bundymania/
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I used 16mm hardtubing for my TT modcontest build "Yeti lives" I find the size ok for such a big case like the TT Core X9 smile.gif

http://community.thermaltake.com/index.php?/topic/1438-germany-andy-weber-bundymania/

Only OK? Looks real good to me! The beefier tubing makes the build look good. Since i have a big case myself i think the 16mm is gonna look real good, i just like how it sits flush with the fitings that i'm getting. Everything should be here by saturday including the coolant and the monoblock...the computer will go under the knife once again, and i swear i'm done this time....mad.gif
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I just pulled the trigger on 16mm tubing and bitspower fittings. Sigh, this hobby is a money pit...just when i thought i was happy with my build i see another set up and i change my mind right away...when will this end?

This is one big reason why. Larger tubing is often more expensive than thinner tubing.


For practical reasons, there is one other reason against it. Larger tubing tends to be harder to work with and has a higher bend radius. I find that this can be a problem in tight spaces or places where tight turns are an issue. It's less of an issue in big cases, but the issue of tight bends around the motherboards remains. Unfortunately, function often must take precedence over form.

The advantage of lower temperatures is negligible (ex: the upgrade from 3/8" - or about 9.5mm to 1/2" or about 12.7mm is minimal.
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post #9 of 94
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This is one big reason why. Larger tubing is often more expensive than thinner tubing.


For practical reasons, there is one other reason against it. Larger tubing tends to be harder to work with and has a higher bend radius. I find that this can be a problem in tight spaces or places where tight turns are an issue. It's less of an issue in big cases, but the issue of tight bends around the motherboards remains. Unfortunately, function often must take precedence over form.

The advantage of lower temperatures is negligible (ex: the upgrade from 3/8" - or about 9.5mm to 1/2" or about 12.7mm is minimal.


It is more expensive you are right, but it's a drop in a bucket compare to what we spend on CPUs and GPUs...i just bought 8 feet of tubing for $13, that's enough for me to do at least 3 builds. I'm doing this purely for aesthetic reason, and to challenge myself. Lucky for my my bends are pretty easy, with the only hard thing one is the outlet bend to the rad. That's tucked behind the pump and i have no clearance because of the slim case.



I don't like how my fittings are so much bigger than the 12mm tubing, but once i get the 16mm tubing this should look a lot better. Friday the parts will be here and i will start the tear down, the white ice pastel cooland will be here as well.









I much rather have this look, the fitting is almost sitting flush with the tube..


Edited by FXformat - 2/24/16 at 5:28pm
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This is one big reason why. Larger tubing is often more expensive than thinner tubing.


For practical reasons, there is one other reason against it. Larger tubing tends to be harder to work with and has a higher bend radius. I find that this can be a problem in tight spaces or places where tight turns are an issue. It's less of an issue in big cases, but the issue of tight bends around the motherboards remains. Unfortunately, function often must take precedence over form.

The advantage of lower temperatures is negligible (ex: the upgrade from 3/8" - or about 9.5mm to 1/2" or about 12.7mm is minimal.


It is more expensive you are right, but it's a drop in a bucket compare to what we spend on CPUs and GPUs...i just bought 8 feet of tubing for $13, that's enough for me to do at least 3 builds. I'm doing this purely for aesthetic reason, and to challenge myself. Lucky for my my bends are pretty easy, with the only hard thing one is the outlet bend to the rad. That's tucked behind the pump and i have no clearance because of the slim case.



I don't like how my fittings are so much bigger than the 12mm tubing, but once i get the 16mm tubing this should look a lot better. Friday the parts will be here and i will start the tear down, the white ice pastel cooland will be here as well.

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I much rather have this look, the fitting is almost sitting flush with the tube..


I get that look in my sig rig with Barrow 14mm multi-link push in fittings and 14mm tubing. But your right 16mm needs to be in a big case and there is a slight change in the air right now with people downsizing their rigs and going with 12mm more for the SFF's.
 
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