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post #1 of 7
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Ive been looking at those plastice blue uV clamps, but they look kinda cheap and bunky, the compression fittings look good but are too expensive since i will need a lot of them. Or i can get cable ties? Which method do u guys think will look the best?
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post #2 of 7
You can get by with no clamps if you use 7/16" tubing on 1/2" barbs.
post #3 of 7
Swiftech always used cable ties or worm drive clamps on their tubing stock, so they must be decent and are definitely inexpensive. Worm drive clamps can be had at any hardware store (I imagine) and are inexpensive, but don't really look nice. Zip ties I can't imagine being the best option, but I'm sure are better than no option. Just be sure to crank down on the excess after putting it on, maybe even with pliers.

I'd love to get compression fittings since they look so great and hold just as well, but yea, they're really expensive (okay fine, they're not as expensive as ruining your computer by having a hose come off of your setup because you cheapened out). Also, people recommend using 7/16" ID tubing instead of 1/2" ID so you get a bit better tightness on the barbs.
post #4 of 7
7/16" tubing over 1/2" barbs...just make sure you dip the end of the tubing in boiling water before you push it onto the barb...(it'll make life much easier)
post #5 of 7
If you want things that look the best, I'd go with the flashier compression fittings. Granted, they do cost a pretty penny, but you asked for what'll look the best.

If you want a compromise, then go with metal clamps, such as these. They're fairly cheap, and reusable. I'd recommend putting something on, even if you're doing 7/16 over 1/2. I'd rather not risk my parts leaking, although it is a tight fit.
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post #6 of 7
I have a few compression fittings. I love them.

I also have 7/16 over 1/2 barbs - thusly not needing the clamps or anything.
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post #7 of 7
compression fittings are worth the extra cost, reduces the amount of hassle exponentially
 
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