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Hey all, I'm taking the fairly un-interesting components (No new Quadros) summer of 2008 to re-build my beloved water-loop. I've been wanting to up the ante for some time now, so here goes.

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May cool the FX4600, but it is getting a tad old to start toying with when those blocks run upwards of $100)
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Kind of automatically assumed I'd use 1/2" ID - 3/4" OD Clearflex again as I was happy with it in my last build, but i got to wondering if the 1/2" tubing is really worth the space.

The 3/8-5/8 would save a nice amount of space, but I don't know if or how much the flow will benefit..
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I always like using 1/2" ID x 11/16" OD Tygon R-3603. Can be easily installed/removed, nice bend radius, good flow, not quite as bulky as 3/4" OD... (between 5/8" & 3/4")
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I like 1/2" on barbs and more specifically on my tubing 7/16" ID masterkleer tubing for a nice secure fit.

1/2" maximizes your flow and gives less restriction (.:. = better temps).
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I always like using 1/2" ID x 11/16" OD Tygon R-3603. Can be easily installed/removed, nice bend radius, good flow, not quite as bulky as 3/4" OD... (between 5/8" & 3/4")
Tygon is so expensive! I've used it before and don't think it justifies 3x the cost of 'flex, but it does bend a bit better..

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I like 1/2" on barbs and more specifically on my tubing 7/16" ID masterkleer tubing for a nice secure fit.

1/2" maximizes your flow and gives less restriction (.:. = better temps).
Yeah, I'm sort of figuring now that i've picked up an uber-cheap rocketfish, it's a bad time to start being cheap with tubing.
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When I switched from 3/8" to 1/2" I saw an overall 3*C improvement on both the GPU and CPU.
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When I switched from 3/8" to 1/2" I saw an overall 3*C improvement on both the GPU and CPU.
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Originally Posted by dr4gon View Post
I like 1/2" on barbs and more specifically on my tubing 7/16" ID masterkleer tubing for a nice secure fit.

1/2" maximizes your flow and gives less restriction (.:. = better temps).
I personally don't use 7/16", due to the fact I had to cut it off to change blocks...
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I personally don't use 7/16", due to the fact I had to cut it off to change blocks...
Soak the barbs in hot water for a while and they loosen up.
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Soak the barbs in hot water for a while and they loosen up.
I'm good with 1/2", too much hassle, not going there again.
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If you don't mind spending a bit on tubing, check out the new feser tubes

Absolutely amazing.

If you look through this thread you can see some action shots of the tubing.
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