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Copper pipe instead of hoses?

post #1 of 17
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Quick question,

Would copper pipe have condensation issues if used for a WC setup?

I have a mod idea that I want to do for either the the next case mod competition(money permitting) or maybe the one after. The idea is more industrial themed, so the copper tubing would look much better than something like Tygon.
post #2 of 17
Yup you could, unless the water temp is colder than the room temp, no condensation will occur...i think thats how it is lol...pretty sure.

Sounds good, i thought of that before, but it would be way to troublesome for a constant modder like me. But if its for a competition....thats should turn some heads.
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post #3 of 17
If the temp of the water went below ambient, but you'd have the same issue with tygon.
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post #4 of 17
copper is also a conductor. You don't want it to touch anything inside your case that has electricity running through it.
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post #5 of 17
No you shouldn't ave any problems with condensation....Clean the tubing off good and polish it then spray on a coat of clear coat to keep it shiny...I've seen a few use it and it looks pretty sharp....
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post #6 of 17
It looks nice but don't expect any performance gain though.
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post #7 of 17
Forgot I had a link for it....I'm slipping...

...http://www.procooling.com/index.php?...ticles&disp=35
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post #8 of 17
it'd work...just keep the water above/at ambient. That way you don't have to worry so much about going below the dew point and getting condensation.

Oh, and be careful about electrical shorts. Could pose a problem. One thing I'd be worried about is the fact you probably have to solder it all together in your case...and then it'd also be VERY hard to take everything out again.... . Burned mobo..then you turn it on...it doesn't work...you gotta take it out...but you realize you gotta desolder the whole piping thinger...

Good luck though. Hope you can find a way to make it work.
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post #9 of 17
You can do it but I wouldnt really recommend it. You can braze joints but you wont do it to the water blocks and the pump or rez either (more then likely). So what your reling on are one of several types of ways to make copper tubing not leak like compression fittings, flare fittings and the such. Which if not dont correctly will leak very easily but if done right will out last any rig you have it on.

I think it would be cool and look good but its gonna be a hard one to do.

Good luck if you decide to go thru with it.
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post #10 of 17
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I work in construction. While I haven't done any plumbing, I have seen the type of tubing work that I'm talking about done several times. I actually have two scars on my right hand from a piece of pipe that the boss dropped while he was heating it. Man did that blister nicely.

I am still intent on the idea, what I'm worried about now is fitting the tubing to waterblocks/reservoirs. That might get problematic.
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