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I am looking to add a way to easily drain my loop without having to cut any tubing. I understand that there are quick disconnect fittings, are they trustworthy? The idea of something that can "quickly disconnect" and spread water all over the inside of my computer doesn't sound fun to me.
Check out Skinee's review on QDC's. I have some Koolance VL3N's and I must say these things are commercial grade high quality fittings!

http://skinneelabs.com/quick-disconnect-roundup/
    
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I have VL2 for drainage, it is very small and even though it is not N (no spill) it does not really spill, you can get couple drops of water inside connector and that's it, I also have VL4N but these things are huge, like 3 times bigger then VL2
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I have a Swiftech Micro Rev2.0 reservoir in my loop, which has a port on the bottom. I've just ordered a couple of things and will be installing a "drain pipe" into it. What I'm going to do is put a 1/4" barb fitting on the bottom of the reservoir with a clamped down tube popping out. This tube will connect to another 1/4" barb fitting that will be fit onto a T-line splitter with the other two ends closed off with 1/4" plug fittings. Then when I need to drain my loop, I just remove one of the plug fittings on the T-line and out comes the water by gravity!
Just an idea (a good one in my opinion! ).
    
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Check out Skinee's review on QDC's. I have some Koolance VL3N's and I must say these things are commercial grade high quality fittings!

http://skinneelabs.com/quick-disconnect-roundup/
I gave it a read...think i may have to invest in some of those VL3N's...no spill? Yes please!

Now, I use 7/16 ID 5/8 OD tubing...is there a way to make these work with my tubing?
    
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I gave it a read...think i may have to invest in some of those VL3N's...no spill? Yes please!

Now, I use 7/16 ID 5/8 OD tubing...is there a way to make these work with my tubing?
Unfortunately according to the chart listed at that link the answer is no as far as compression fitting versions.

Although it says designed for 1/2 tubing I realize the reason most people go 7/16 ID is for that extra snug fit on a 1/2 barb. But the compression ones do have a 1/2 barb within the compression ring(I took one of my spares out just to double check) - so it might work... not sure as I run 1/2" ID.

If you want to play it safe in accordance with their chart you would need to go barb only version.
VL3N QDC's that are barb only versions. Pairing these for example. http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11...EWp&mv_pc=7222

and

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11...EWp&mv_pc=7251

and they come with their own tube clamps. Wish I could answer better in this situation
Edited by werds - 3/30/11 at 7:24pm
    
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Unfortunately according to the chart listed at that link the answer is no as far as compression fitting versions.

Although it says designed for 1/2 tubing I realize the reason most people go 7/16 ID is for that extra snug fit on a 1/2 barb. But the compression ones do have a 1/2 barb within the compression ring(I took one of my spares out just to double check) - so it might work... not sure as I run 1/2" ID.

If you want to play it safe in accordance with their chart you would need to go barb only version.
VL3N QDC's that are barb only versions. Pairing these for example. http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11...EWp&mv_pc=7222

and

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11...EWp&mv_pc=7251

and they come with their own tube clamps. Wish I could answer better in this situation
Is there a downside to getting the barb only version? They're the same price and look to be the same valve.

Would it just be not as sexy as the compression fitting version?
    
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Is there a downside to getting the barb only version? They're the same price and look to be the same valve.

Would it just be not as sexy as the compression fitting version?
No real major downside as functionally they are the same. I am switching over all of my fittings to compression style simply for appearance. With compression fittings I don't need to use zipties or hose clamps to secure the tubes and this gives it a cleaner overall look (my personal perception).

It becomes an aesthetics thing. What makes you happy? If you do not mind the look of barbs then I say go for barbs! I spent the better part of a year with my current loop using mostly barbs. Only now on my new build am I making the move to compressions all around
    
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No real major downside as functionally they are the same. I am switching over all of my fittings to compression style simply for appearance. With compression fittings I don't need to use zipties or hose clamps to secure the tubes and this gives it a cleaner overall look (my personal perception).

It becomes an aesthetics thing. What makes you happy? If you do not mind the look of barbs then I say go for barbs! I spent the better part of a year with my current loop using mostly barbs. Only now on my new build am I making the move to compressions all around
Alright then, I'll just have to order up a T and some QDC for my draining system. Thank you for all of your help
    
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