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post #11 of 46
stick to 7/16 or 1/2
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post #12 of 46
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I wouldnt go 3/8 is impossible to make them go over a 1/2 barb... 7/16 is tough but its way more useful
Lies. You can easily get 3/8 tube on a half inch fitting... but i would still suggest 7/16.
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post #13 of 46
lol I am calling u out get a 3/8 tubing on a 1/2 inch barb in less than 30 seconds
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post #14 of 46
but the ID?
post #15 of 46
ID, inner diameter, is crucial. 7/16" and (apparently) 3/8" can be stretched to fit on 1/2" barbs. The ID needs to match the diameter of the barbs you will be using. BTW G1/4" is the size of the threading that the barb screws into, it has nothing to do with the tubing or anything.

Also remember that the thicker walls of the 1/2"ID tubing will mean that it can't bend as tightly as 3/8"ID before it kinks.

And please buddy do yourself a favor and fork out the $$$ for Tygon tubing. Its lab-grade and its the easiest tubing to work with, bar none. It's also quite soft which means it can take some twisting which is important for guys like me whose loops are built into their cases and therefore cannot be fully removed for leak-testing (meaning I must sqeeze my mobo and GPU into the case with the loop already assembled and filled).

Also, I have used Swiftech tube clamps on all 3 loops Ive run in my gaming rig and they've never failed. Only connections where I use zipties are for the GPU where the tube clamps won't fit due to the outside diameter of the tubing.

EDIT: oh yea and buy good fittings too. My personal favs are D-Tek Chromes. I use em for every connection except the pump (pre-moulded, non-removable barbs) and Ive never had a leak!
Edited by MCBrown.CA - 12/14/08 at 12:15am
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post #16 of 46
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lol I am calling u out get a 3/8 tubing on a 1/2 inch barb in less than 30 seconds
Yeah all you do is dip the ends of the tubing into a cup of hot water, they will slide on but you have to do it all in one push or it will get stuck half way and mess you up. (although this works much better with 7/16)

I like 1/2"ID on 1/2" barbs. I bet I could get away without using clamps but I would never try it.
Edited by DIRTYDUCK - 12/14/08 at 12:17am
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post #17 of 46
well I went 1/2 inch and didnt even leak test... I use metal clamps and I am just that good 3rd redo of my loop and ya.. i am that good
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post #18 of 46
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lol I am calling u out get a 3/8 tubing on a 1/2 inch barb in less than 30 seconds
Easy. all you need is pot o' hot water, and a little glycerin for the swifty plastic barbs.

Just pop them on, quick and painless .
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post #19 of 46
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I wouldnt go 3/8 is impossible to make them go over a 1/2 barb... 7/16 is tough but its way more useful
I have no problems getting my 3/8 over 1/2 barbs... Sometimes you need to use hot water and dip the tubing in it (makes it more pliable), most of the time I don't need to. It's worth the extra security.
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post #20 of 46
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well I went 1/2 inch and didnt even leak test... I use metal clamps and I am just that good 3rd redo of my loop and ya.. i am that good
That's ballzy bro! but your rig does look nice! I tossed a used GPU block in and didn't leak test the other day...I guess I'm pretty damn good myself.
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