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I'm workin on my first build, but I'm still undecided on a fitting mechanism. I hear people say compression fittings are tops as far as security. Has anyone ever had any horror stories with compression fittings? I was going to go with something like this:

http://www.koolance.com/water-coolin...product_id=503

They look stylish and might give me good security.

Also, I was thinking of going 1/2 barbs and 7/16 tubing. But I don't know how fat they would look in my 800D. What do you guys prefer?
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post #2 of 20
I use 1/2 barbs with 7/16 tubing with cable ties and it looks pretty good
post #3 of 20
Compression fittings are probably the nicest and most expensive you can get. I haven't heard of any horror stories aside from how much people spend on them Since you are using 7/16" ID tubing with 1/2" barbs those clamps will work fine. Personally I have two 90 degree compression fittings and the rest are normal barbs with matching tubing and worm clamps that keep everything nice and tight.
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post #4 of 20
3/8id 1/2 od compression fittings. The tubing bends wonderfully (primoflex) which allows my to easily cool nearly every component of my rig and the compression fittings make tubing reusable since I don't have to cut it off of a barb. Never had a leak caused by a fitting, only one from forgetting to empty my 2nd res. Rocking 26 fittings atm, soon to be in the 30s
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post #5 of 20
1/2" ID 3/4" OD with compression fittings. 12 fittings cost me $96.
post #6 of 20
1/2" - 5/8" ID-OD with compression fittings. It makes for a nice clean look instead of seeing worm gear clamps and tie-wraps, in my opinion.
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post #7 of 20
I got a really good deal on my fittings so I am currently using 1/2 ID 5/8 OD.

Before buying those I used 1/2 ID barbs with 7/16 ID tubing. An extremely tight fit. If you are as paranoid as I am it will put your mind to ease using that smaller ID.

FYI make sure you use hot/boiling water to soften the ends of the tubing before you put it on the barbs. Zip ties work just as well as clamps and are cheaper. Just cut off the excess after tightening.
post #8 of 20
1/2" ID 3/4" OD with compression fiitings this looks really nice.....

just $5.95 each and if you enter the code FACEBOOK at check out you get -5% off on your entire purchase.

http://jab-tech.com/Thermochill-G1-4...g-pr-4657.html
    
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Cable ties all the way.
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1/2 ID x 3/4 OD tubing and bitspower compression fittings here. Only complaint about the fittings is their price Barbs and clamps or zipties will work well if you're tight on the budget though.
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