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Hello OCN Community,

I've been into watercooling for past couple years and dealth exclusiveley with EK products for fittings, tube, blocks and pump/res and for my rads I only use Alphacool.

Today in celebration of my new GTX 1080 Ti and 7700K I decided to redo my entire loop with Hardline tubing for the very first time and can not decide for the life of me. I planned on going with either 1/2in OD tube ( PrimoChill) or 12mm Tube from EK or BITSPOWER as anything bigger will feel really bulcky in my Evolv ATX midtower case. Now to questions: If you guys have dealth with these brands:

1. Which brand of PETG tube has the best quality overall? (Primochill, Bitspower, EK, Monsoon)

2. Which Fittings has the best quality and should I go with PrimoChill 1/2 Fitthings and combine that with either their own PETG Tubing or Monsoon 1/2 PETG Tube?

3. I heard PETG Has chemical reaction with glycol based fluids and I will be using the EK new CryoFuel coolant, will there be an issue?

I truely Appriciate all your help as I have everything on order except my Fittings and Tube.
    
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Personally, I really like the monsoon fittings. The new EV2's can also be etched with a custom design. Avoid any glycol coolant when using PETG. I don't see any mention of glycol in the cryofuel, but I don't really know anything about it.
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post #3 of 8
Just be careful when picking tubing & fittings from different companies. Since some companies like to use imperial (MonSoon for example) & others user metric (Bitspower For example), They usually don't mix.

Fittings: I never had any kind of issues with Bitspower (or Barrow if you don't want to use Bitspower). Bitspower is consider top of the line by many.
Tubing: I really like AlphaCool tubing, Bitspower is a good second choice.
Coolant: If your set on PETG, You need to avoid any coolants with glycol in them. The new EK coolant is safe for PETG, It just doesn't have any kind of UV effect (If you were look for something like that). I will most likely be using the new XT-1 Nuke from Mayhem in my build (It can't be used with PETG).
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I used barrow for both tube and fittings and am happy with those(the o-rings are a bit fragile but no leaks, so wink.gif). What I heard is, don't mix up different brands of tube and fittings as that might cause trouble.
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Like braincracking, I suggest Barrows as well. Very comparable quality to bitspower and look as well. Never like EK or monsoon fittings because of looks.

If you know exactly how many you need and dont mind waiting a bit, you can go onto AliExpress and get these fittings for ~$3 a pop

as for PETG tubing, I know bitspower is really clear but I personally use EK PETG 12mm because good value and half meter is easier to deal with than full meter.
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I should add that one of MonSoon Hardline fittings have to be glued and cured (exposed to UV sunlight). I really don't like MonSoon fittings since I ran into to many issues with them. I know people in the past had leaks from them.

Bitspower they may cost more, but they will last. Barrow is a second choice, Modmymods sells some of barrow fittings (Their very cheap 4 dollars for 12mm & 6 dollars for 16mm).

AlphaCool HT line is also good, I haven't had any issues with them. Their also the only company that make 90, 60 & 45 degree fittings for 16mm tubing.
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I should add that one of MonSoon Hardline fittings have to be glued and cured (exposed to UV sunlight). I really don't like MonSoon fittings since I ran into to many issues with them. I know people in the past had leaks from them.

Bitspower they may cost more, but they will last. Barrow is a second choice, Modmymods sells some of barrow fittings (Their very cheap 4 dollars for 12mm & 6 dollars for 16mm).

AlphaCool HT line is also good, I haven't had any issues with them. Their also the only company that make 90, 60 & 45 degree fittings for 16mm tubing.

That only applies to the free center and chaingun fittings. The EV2's are the regular push in type. BP has the overall largest selection of fittings/adapters so for people that want all fittings the same that's something to consider. I won't buy/recommend any alphacool products after the shifty warranty practices and overall lack of customer support they've shown in this thread.
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post #8 of 8
Tubing is tubing really. All these companies are just going to large plastics manufacturers and buying standard tubing. Only the sizes vary. Any of the commonly available coolants are completely safe to use.

The quality of the fittings is where there is a difference. EK and BP are very good. Everything else is on a descending scale of machining, materials and finishes.
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