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Hey everyone, I'm fairly new to water cooling, and VERY afraid of my loop leaking. I doubt it will, because obviously there are a lot of people water cooling without leaks.

At the moment I can't afford Compression fittings, and have to settle with normal tubing clamps: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=22476

Is there anything else I can do to secure my loop?

I'm going to leak test the loop inside my case for a day before actually running it with my stuff. Only the PSU, CPU and Mobo will be in the case when the loop is running, but neither the CPU or mobo will be powered on, and the mobo will have a drip catcher (Big anti-static bag covering everything,)

The only reason Im leak testing it in the case, is because I would have to disassemble the loop to get it back in, which would render the test usless, because I would have just made new connections, and possibly done something different.

Thanks ahead of time everyone for your advice

- Jessekin32
post #2 of 7
Since ive owned my H20 220 ive never had the clamps leak the only thing that did leak was the pump because the plastic nut that holds it together was loose but besides that no probs with it. So them clamps u have there should do the job till u get the comp fittings just have to make sure the hose and the fitting are the right size for each other.
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IMO get worm hole clamps are better, just cause I can screw them and get a tighter fit. Not sure if this is fact though, im guessing so.
   
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post #4 of 7
If you're really paranoid you can run 7/16" tubing on 1/2" bards with clamps and then a little bit of plumbers tape on the barb threads. Personally I've never seen a setup leak from the tubes. It always seems to be because a barb wasn't in tight enough or a faulty o-ring on a block. 7/16" tubing on 1/2" barbs is impossible to get off without cutting but the downside is you can't reuse the cut tubing.
post #5 of 7
You're making me scared

Now, I don't want to water-cool!

EDIT: Ok, I keed.. I keed

I really want to water-cool my sig rig, good luck!
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post #6 of 7
Here is a really good clamp to use if you do not trust those plastic clamps

They are fuel injection line clamps and can be found at most automotive parts stores.
I run 7/16" tubing on 1/2" fittings with zip ties for hose clamps,
I have never had a leak
I also use D-tek fittings because they have a captive o-ring
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+1 on worm clamps and 7/16 tubes on 1/2 barbs, remember to heat some water up and dip the tube end in the water for a while for ease of getting on the bigger barb. You may also want to think about pure silver barbs to eliminate additives in your system as they natural kill bacteria etc. they cost about 75 cents more. most barbs i have bought come with o rings but not bad idea to order extra ones, about .15 cents each. Do not over tighten barb, there is not a lot of threads actually contacting. I use a deep well socket with no ratchet to tighten and then check with end wrench when snug. If you over tighten you will crack something easy so take your time. Plumbers,Teflon tape is not needed as you have a o ring and if you put on too much tape you will have a problem. Also be very careful when installing fan screws in radiator and be sure to check length first as you can puncture radiator with screws that are too long. The most important thing is to go slow and double check everything and then check it again. You will be fine.
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