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It's one of the more interesting ideas I've heard of recently, and to be honest, I've considered making a copper manifold with parallel lines back into a manifold (somewhat of a rad/channel design) but figured the size and performance of this beast wouldn't be worth the work and time.

Either way, it has the ability to be very unique and interesting.
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You CAN use copper tubing but it is far from easy to work with.
 
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I was considering this for my build but the disadvantages really do outweigh the advantages, so I'm using the copper tubing purely for routing cables externally just for something different.

As has been said, copper tubing makes your loop a lot more permanent than with using standard pvc tubing. Upgrading becomes difficult because you've gotta take absolutely everything out of the case and if you want to add in more stuff to the loop, it'll take more time bending the copper and attaching it to the blocks. You also have to be a lot more careful with angles and bending etc. Takes a lot of planning and thinking through to devise a loop with no sharp bends at all that also doesn't interfere with other components.

I think it's do-able but it is probably more hassle than it is worth. And also tough to keep looking good since copper tarnishes fairly easily. I had a copper ring that would always have to be polished in order to look good. Gave up on it in the end lol.
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You could always polish, then coat with lacquer.
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post #45 of 45
If I remember correctly there was a big brawl the last time copper tubing was discussed also. Pic's will come when I am finished. Rad. and pump/fans get here tomorrow. I need some machine work done on radiator/fan standoffs and still need to send FrozenQ some final dimensions on res. I will happen.
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