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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-21-2020, 10:46 PM - Thread Starter
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Need help on flex tubing sizing

I'm looking for some help understanding the sizing of tubing and fittings. It has been about 10 years since my last water cooling build with zip ties!

I'm set on going with flex tubing, black in color - mainly geared towards ease of assembly/maintenance more than anything. I'm looking at Primochill's site for tubing and they offer a variety of sizing, so I guess my question is what is standard, what will offer the best durability and strength? I've heard Bitspower fittings are good quality, I think I'd prefer compression fittings.

My rads are going to be EK Coolstream XE 360 and Corsair hydro x xr5 240. Pump res EK Quantum kinetic D5 PWM. CPU block undecided for a 3950x.

Any help would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-21-2020, 11:39 PM
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Go for ZMT tubing for easier maintenance. 16mm OD tubing. Corsair Rads are oem HWlabs.


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Go for ZMT tubing for easier maintenance. 16mm OD tubing. Corsair Rads are oem HWlabs.


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I think op needs more info as to what fitting such as barbs to use with what tube.

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Match your fittings of choice to the ID & OD of your tubing of choice. IMO anything with a ID greater that 10mm is just for aesthetics. 99% of water blocks and fittings are G1/4 or 10mm ID. All coolant has to pass through the 10mm hole. Try to find tubing that is plasticizer free

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Below article will help with fitting and tube sizing. AFAIK 10/13 is common tube size but 10/16 has better kink resistance
https://www.ekwb.com/blog/fittings-and-tubing-guide/
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Fittings. Honestly, we can post replies here but nothing beats actually buying a few different fitting and just playing around with them. It's what I did. Bough a 90/45 fittings, extensions and few cheap compression fittings from eBay and the cheapest rad I could find and just look at how it held together, how much I needed tighten it. Yes there are different size tubes and fitting. Once I had seen things in my own hands, I knew what I fittings I wanted and how the loop would look. Still use my first test fittings as fill top up setup.

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OP, i've used Black Primochill tubes and they developed white residue in just a few months using distilled water only. OTOH, my XSPC tubes never had any even after years of service.

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Hi,
Two of the best new amd blocks on the U.S. market from a New U.S. company based in Chicago
https://optimuspc.com/products/foundation-cpu-block-amd

https://optimuspc.com/products/absol...threadripper-3

Hosing is always 3/8"-10mm only the outside changes 5/8"-16mm is best or thinner wall 1/2"-13mm
Get which ever soft tube barb fittings to accommodate Optimus also has fittings....

You can get PPC discount codes OCN55 for 5% off and they do have holiday codes
https://www.overclock.net/forum/61-w...l#post28289642

Had someone who had issues with black tubing
https://www.overclock.net/forum/61-w...l#post28245906

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Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Two of the best new amd blocks on the U.S. market from a New U.S. company based in Chicago
https://optimuspc.com/products/foundation-cpu-block-amd

https://optimuspc.com/products/absol...threadripper-3

Hosing is always 3/8"-10mm only the outside changes 5/8"-16mm is best or thinner wall 1/2"-13mm
Get which ever soft tube barb fittings to accommodate Optimus also has fittings....

You can get PPC discount codes OCN55 for 5% off and they do have holiday codes
https://www.overclock.net/forum/61-w...l#post28289642

Had someone who had issues with black tubing
https://www.overclock.net/forum/61-w...l#post28245906
What size barb or compression fitting would fit those size hoses?

I'm aware another member posted info about it already. Just want to keep it simple.

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I would also recommend EK's ZMT (3/8-5/8 - 10/16mm) Any 3/8-10mm barb will work and then 10/16mm compressions as well. ZMT has become my go to soft tubing and is the best to work w/ imo.

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