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keep clear tubing clear?

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Hey guys,

I am going to be doing a new water cooled rig soon.

Typically I go with black tubing because it doesnt age like clear tubing does. From my experience, clear tubing over time becomes frosted and discolored.

Is there a way to prevent this from happening. I do like the look of clear tubing, but after a short period of time it looks like crap.

Thanks for any input.

Heres a quick sneak peak at my upcoming build

Known specs

Intel 5960x
Asus X99 mobo
SLI GTX 10xx
Alphacool ST30 480 with push/pull Noctua NF-F12
Alphacool ST30 240 With push Noctua NF-F12
Alphacool ST30 120 with push Noctua NF-F12


The rest is kinda up in the air.

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Have you considered using acrylic?
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Yea, but I dont want to go that route.

Not worth it to me, my computer is tucked up under my desk. Also I already have all the barbs so I dont need to buy new fittings... Sticking with soft tubing.
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Clear (or any) PVC tubing will always degrade over time. It's natural order of things. You can prolong slightly life span, but that's about it. After 12 months discoloration and visible degradation is a must, no matter how well maintained is the loop. Usually 6-8 months is enough to notice first signs.

Of course amount of heat dumped into the loop matter most. More heat will rapidly accelerate process of PVC degradation. No way around this issue. Either go PMMA/PETG or be prepared for regular tubing replacement. Me personally I got tired of this long time ago and if I'm using soft tubing then using rubber or silicon tubing.
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