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I'm trying to decide what will fit a water cooling loop better. I'll be ordering the following fittings and tubing:

- 6x 1/4" BSPP - 1/2" Hose Tail XSPC Chrome Fittings
- 5x 7/16" ID XSPC Blue/UV Blue 1m Hose

I just need to decide what will hold the tubing perfectly securely on to the pump, the reservoir, the radiator and the water blocks (obviously only the radiator and water blocks require the XSPC chrome fittings I listed above as the pump and reservoir have their own sticking out).

I'm between these:

- Black PVC Hose Clips = http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/Bl...-Pack_966.html
- PrimoChill Black Steel Spring Clips = http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/Pr...h-OD_1167.html

I don't really care much about price for fittings, I just want secure fittings. Also, I have no idea how to secure the steel spring clips, hahaha...
Anyway, if there's something even better that you can find on the above online store, please feel free to provide a link. I want to buy all the loop components from there. Thanks!
    
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Personally I'd go for the PVC clips since you can put them on after the liquid cooling is set up.

but you'll prob get a slightly better seal from the steel clips.

Another advantage of the PVC is you'll be able to do it all without tools. In the past I have had to open the steel clips with pliers.
    
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I personally went with the pvc but the steel string clips are nice and can actually be easier to get off than the pvc's
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Skip the PVC. They aren't much of an improvement over no clamps at all. You can tighten those all you want-and you'll still be able to gently tug a "clamped" hose off a barb enough to cause leaks.

I just use hardware store worm-gear driven metal hose clamps. They're cheap, available anywhere locally, and that hose ain't going anywhere.
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That you all for your suggestions.

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Originally Posted by Skripka View Post
I just use hardware store worm-gear driven metal hose clamps. They're cheap, available anywhere locally, and that hose ain't going anywhere.
And thanks for the tip - I have seen these quite cheap from the very same online store so I will get these then!

EDIT: I'll be using 7/16" ID hose to fit into 1/2" fittings so I think I'll go with the 3/4" wormdrive clamps as opposed to the 5/8" wormdrive claps. In my view, since these can be tightened quite a lot, the larger size will ensure they will indeed thread through the fitting to fix on to. I hope I'm right, hahaha.
Edited by Gib007 - 3/3/11 at 6:51am
    
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Personally, I've been using the herbie clamps (you call them pvc clips) and when fastened properly they're really very secure. You'd be more likely to damage the threads than yank the tubing off the barbs,
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