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It seems there are some alternatives. Why Tygon?

There are also several different Tygons silver (with some antibacterial treatment, black, and clear. Wouldn't clear always be preferred to see bubbles and system issues?

It seems an 1/8" wall thickness is needed. There are pictures on the site of people with collapsed 1/16" wall thickness tubes. However, some reputable WC retailers sell 1/16 tubing. And the Swifttech kit comes with black neoprene 1/16" wall tubing. Is 1/16" too thin? If so, why do some vendors sell it?

Most picks have 3/4"-1/2" ID OD tubing. However, Martin's spreadsheet indicates the difference with 3/8"ID is very small, less than 5% in flow. And, the inlets are all 1/4". Why not use the thinner tubing?

And finally, other than glowing in the dark, why use a colored coolant rather than distilled water? Doesn't the dye increase conductivity?

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David
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Originally Posted by DavidNJ View Post
It seems there are some alternatives. Why Tygon?

There are also several different Tygons silver (with some antibacterial treatment, black, and clear. Wouldn't clear always be preferred to see bubbles and system issues?

It seems an 1/8" wall thickness is needed. There are pictures on the site of people with collapsed 1/16" wall thickness tubes. However, some reputable WC retailers sell 1/16 tubing. And the Swifttech kit comes with black neoprene 1/16" wall tubing. Is 1/16" too thin? If so, why do some vendors sell it?

Most picks have 3/4"-1/2" ID OD tubing. However, Martin's spreadsheet indicates the difference with 3/8"ID is very small, less than 5% in flow. And, the inlets are all 1/4". Why not use the thinner tubing?

And finally, other than glowing in the dark, why use a colored coolant rather than distilled water? Doesn't the dye increase conductivity?

Thanks,

David
I think the answer to most of your questions are just a matter of personal preference. However, Here's my response to some of them

Tygon is known for it's softness compared to other brands. This can make routing it easier than other brands which can be a plus for noobs and others.

As for wall thickness - the thicker the tubing (larger delta between ID and OD) the more resistant to kinking, but the more it will cost in general. Choose what's best for your application. If you have long but fairly straight runs, you might want to lower cost by using thinner tubing.

As for different ID choices, most of the quality water blocks, pumps, and rads seems to come standard with 1/2" barbs. Hence most WC tend to chose 1/2" or 7/16" ID tubing.

Colored coolant is mostly for aesthetics - which again is a personal choice. One practical benefit of UV reactive coolant is that under a black light, tiny leaks may show themselves faster. I personally think non-conductive coolant is more of a marketing gimmick than a practical advantage.

Clear vs colored tubing is again personal choice. But if you have a clear res you can still see the fluid.
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Tygon is very expensive also...i use Clearflex...just as soft and flexible as Tygon at a fraction of the price.
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wow i feel cheap i use tubing i got at the hardware store lol
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wow i feel cheap i use tubing i got at the hardware store lol
how do you get that stuff to bend nicely...way to stiff for my liking...but , if its all you got.....run it !
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it bends rather nicely for me but i went to home depot
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There are some applications that it is required.

I did a watercooling mod on a VF1000. In that particular instance even the Tygon tubing would not make the bend from the outlet of the pump to the inlet of the rad... I had to use PrimoFlex; surgical grade and very soft and supple.
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Tygon is very expensive also...i use Clearflex...just as soft and flexible as Tygon at a fraction of the price.
I tried that and didnt find it to be as flexible and soft as tygon. It was a while ago though and it jsut didnt work very good for what I was using it for. Ive allways stuck with tygon because even if it cost more it last a long time and its not like your replacing your tubing every month or two.
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I'm another cheap guy. I only buy tubing from the hardware store. I get a 20% discount so I really don't care if its more stiff.
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There are some applications that it is required.

I did a watercooling mod on a VF1000. In that particular instance even the Tygon tubing would not make the bend from the outlet of the pump to the inlet of the rad... I had to use PrimoFlex; surgical grade and very soft and supple.
Mmm... supple.
    
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