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post #11 of 17
What about a partial pipe system? Run one or more pumps with a general loop between res, rad, and pumps. Add several sets of access points in the line where you can attach normal barbs and just run it from the outlet on the main pipe back into another input. You could probably even use something to hold the lines together so it would function as a simple single line off of the main in terms of routing stuff through the case. Of course it would probably have enormous restrictions.

For example, take this Really Bad Diagram (TM). I'm sure something like this has been tried at some point in the past. You would probably need a couple of pumps to keep the head pressure up, but it could be done I would think. Probably would not give you any benefit, other than possibly making it easier to route cabling, but that is probably about it.
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post #12 of 17
I use the 1/2" copper elbows for my 90's...just heat up the tubing and slip it over the fitting. They work great and maintain almost a perfect 1/2" ID.

I think a partial copper system would be easier to disassemble...maybe make a copper coil for added heat removal...you could wrap it around a 120mm fan for ventilation.
post #13 of 17
vs PVC andcopper takes more time to delta t, not to mention the touch-and-die conductivitiy propertys of copper: there a reason why its not mainstream and or offered on the 10k $ systems. srry
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post #14 of 17
If you decide to go the copper route, I recommend using long radius elbows for greatly reduced restriction. If you decide to use any valves, the brass sweat ball valves look pretty sharp when soft soldered with the proper wiping techniques. Then spray them with the same coatings you use on the copper to keep them bright and tarnish free.
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post #15 of 17
Ohhh... cooool!

...but consider these factors. If I intepret your design correctly, the loop will be very inflexible (is that a word?); difficult to handle, manage and install as the loop will be semi-rigid.

Conductivity has already been mentioned several times...

You will need to learn to "sweat" copper.... FUN! Since you are already in the Trades you will probably not have a problem at all.

Good luck!

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post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by ira-k View Post
Forgot I had a link for it....I'm slipping...

...http://www.procooling.com/index.php?...ticles&disp=35
Copper Tubing
That is freakin sweet. Someone should create a "steampunk" PC with copper hosing and a bunch of oddball mechanical fixtures.
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post #17 of 17
Buy a tube bender and learn how to use the radius scale that is stamped on the side of it. Invest in a nice cutter and a 60 degree countersink to deburr the inside edge of the tube. There should be no reason for any soldering elbows or unions anywhere in the system. I plumb the cooling systems at work with .035" wall 3/8" stainless steel tubing using a bender and I don't think I've had to weld in an elbow but twice in the last eight years. If you get good at it and practice you should be able to get your bends with in 1/16" or better and you can tweak it in by hand.

Here's a picture of some I did, it's the only thing I could find... if you look at the back corner you can see the water distribuition manifold and the cooling lines running up along to the front and top of the tank. I hand installed them all using only a bender, ruler, tube cutter and sharpie marker.

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