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If you guys had to pick between regular tubing or acrylic which would you go? I'm assembling a parts list for my upcoming loop and the only parts that are set in stone are the rads, blocks, and mayhems lol.

Part of me feels like my loop wont be intricate enough to pull off acrylic simply because it's only incorporating the GPU/CPU and two rads and a res.

So far i have my system in the sig, a 780 + EK block on the way, a swiftech MCRP 320 quiet edition, 4 sp120s. Thinking i'm settling on 7/16 x 5/8 tubing and running straight lines using bitspower fittings much like Joe's

Though i see some of these acrylic builds and it makes me want to go acrylic. Idk if i feel like spending the extra $$ on tools required to bend and tune up acrylic. Watercooling alone will be spanning into the 600$ realm for this build, and i'm still thinking of another 780 classy down the line. No plasticizer with acrylic also right? That's a big plus as well

I think it's completely about looks. It doesn't matter if you have two rads or four, the complexity shouldn't be the determining factor. I see it like this.

Acrylic = guy in a well cut suit

Flexible tube = average joe in cargo shorts

Both guys are wearing clothes but both wardrobes say something about the person. The guy in the well cut suit obviously goes the extra mile while cargo shorts guy is happy cutting the lawn. That being said your bends in the acrylic better be near perfect. Most woman would prefer a man in cargo shorts over a guy wearing a suit that obviously doesn't fit him after all.

Hopefully this makes sense to someone other than myself.
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post #66402 of 107025
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I think it's completely about looks. It doesn't matter if you have two rads or four, the complexity shouldn't be the determining factor. I see it like this.

Acrylic = guy in a well cut suit

Flexible tube = average joe in cargo shorts

Both guys are wearing clothes but both wardrobes say something about the person. The guy in the well cut suit obviously goes the extra mile while cargo shorts guy is happy cutting the lawn. That being said your bends in the acrylic better be near perfect. Most woman would prefer a man in cargo shorts over a guy wearing a suit that obviously doesn't fit him after all.

Hopefully this makes sense to someone other than myself.
Hahaha, well said. Although soft tube can be made to look really nice. Very true about acrylic, many people end up doing an average job with their bends and it can look like a mess, but if you spend time on it and practice it can look really amazing.
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Originally Posted by d00bzilla View Post

I think it's completely about looks. It doesn't matter if you have two rads or four, the complexity shouldn't be the determining factor. I see it like this.

Acrylic = guy in a well cut suit

Flexible tube = average joe in cargo shorts

Both guys are wearing clothes but both wardrobes say something about the person. The guy in the well cut suit obviously goes the extra mile while cargo shorts guy is happy cutting the lawn. That being said your bends in the acrylic better be near perfect. Most woman would prefer a man in cargo shorts over a guy wearing a suit that obviously doesn't fit him after all.

Hopefully this makes sense to someone other than myself.

Not a good analogy tbh. I've seen numerous gorgeous wc loops w/ nylon. Its more about the experience/effort factor imho. Here's my analogy:


A better one would be automatic vs manual transmission. If you have experience and know how to work a manual, its a rewarding experience. Acrylic is more involved and takes a bit of practice to get it. When you do, its very nice looking. Same deal with copper tube.

Traditional nylon tube is the automatic transmission, for those who have little to no experience, its a good way to approach your loop plumbing. But either way, both will get you from point a to point b.

I've tried both and I'm still sticking w/ nylon/plastic. My advise for hard acrylic, practice, practice, practice. It needs a good amount of time and a lot of effort get the bends right. Its a very rewarding path if you do it right.

You can also cheat with the double-clutch box: aka buying a bunch of angle fittings to run acrylic. Expensive, but can ease the difficulty of bending all or some of your hard acrylic.




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Acrylic looks amazing I have to say, but does not give you the quick exchange of kit that tube offers.

Style over substance lol.
post #66406 of 107025
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You can also cheat with the double-clutch box: aka buying a bunch of angle fittings to run acrylic. Expensive, but can ease the difficulty of bending all or some of your hard acrylic.




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This was going to be my approach but i would have to incorporate some bends inevitably. That said i added about 12 fittings for my non acrylic loop and the price went through the roof. Fittings are killer.
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post #66407 of 107025
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Acrylic looks amazing I have to say, but does not give you the quick exchange of kit that tube offers.

Style over substance lol.
Copper pipe is the best of both worlds. Fittings are generally a lot cheaper too.
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Rocketscience.mx for 1/2" od copper fittings a'la C47s. Very tempting but I got these Monsoons on special and it was cheaper since I at least need 26 fittings frown.gif.

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post #66410 of 107025
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What's the biggest combination of radiators I can get away with easily in a 900D?
I'd like to have 2 radiators, a 420 and a 480, as thick as possible in push/pull. I was thinking a UT60 480mm in the top and a Monsta 420 in the bottom.

you are going to have issues doing push/pull on a UT60 due to width issues. I ran into this my self.


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