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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 03-11-2020, 10:20 AM - Thread Starter
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Let's talk fittings

Seems like everyone recommends different brands for fittings. I'll be doing my first custom loop pretty soon here and I have most parts figured out, but I'm still stuck on fittings. I like the look of the Optimus fittings, and the marketing around them makes them seem like they'd be high quality, but of course no data on long-term durability. Many people swear by Bitspower, but some others say they're not what they used to be, quality wise.

Not considering cost, what are the best soft-tube compression fittings out there? Looking at simple straight fittings (G 1/4" thread), but I think I might also need a few angular fittings (probably 90 degrees, but maybe also 60 or 45), and I'd prefer to just get everything from one brand, for consistent looks.

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If cost is not an issue all bitspower
They have the best rotaries anyway atm it just adds up really fast for no telling what they are made of

Optimus has already said fittings are brass with nickle with aluminum cap so cost is there just made of brass instead of metal/... and coated so mixed metals are less of an issue.

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Cheapest for your tubing? /thread.

Seriously, that EK fittings thread..I buy the cheapest fittings that do what I need them to.

Sunset1 has given me enough fittings to probably last me the rest of my life.

Yeah, some might degrade a bit in several years.

My latest are chrome-plated on the outside and brass on the inside..

3 years old (way older than that, but that's worth of use), I could still re-use them.

Were some generic fittings from that place in Florida.

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Quote: Originally Posted by sakete View Post
Many people swear by Bitspower, but some others say they're not what they used to be, quality wise.
I have ten year old BP fittings, and some that I picked up a year ago. I see no decline in quality.

As far as rotaries, I've used BP, Monsoon, Swiftech, EK and Barrow in various rigs. I won't use anything but BP or Monsoon at this point. Some of those ten year old BPs are rotaries, BTW, are still in use and no issues.

For standard compression fittings, I would use BP, Monsoon, XSPC or Barrow without hesitation, depending on the look and price point required.

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Well, so far the consensus in this thread appears to Bitspower. Guess I'll just go for Bitspower then. As far as cost, I'm already spending so much on this new watercool build, what's another $100

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Can't really speak to modern fitting as I haven't had to buy any new ones in about 7 years, lol

Swiftech and Bitspower are my go-to computer specific ones.

Koolance quick disconnects have been serving me well for about a decade as well

That being said, most of my fittings are industrial fittings.

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Hi,
With soft tubing it's actually pretty easy just to use straight barbs
I use 16 on each build 32x12.50 is like 400.us that's a lot for straight barb compression fittings from optimus

Bitspower 4 pack 33.us
https://www.amazon.com/Bitspower-Com...8DH2FQTMX50RAP

9.us a pop
https://www.performance-pcs.com/wate...bcpf-cc4u.html

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I am going Optimus and will probably throw away the remaining BP fitting i have. Only keeping my BP extenders and adapters. My advice is to get other brands like Barrows for adapters and extender, they add up very fast. There special offset fittings are much cheaper than BP (15usd vs 30something USD) and there 90 degree with extender too (8usd vs 24usd). The good BP fittings to get are there 90 degree fittings you can combine it with an 90 degree adapter, ball valve and specialized flow splitter (T-valve and Q-ball). I had friends with the the barrows ball valve and sometimes they were stuck.

If you want the remaining BP soft tubing (have to check how many i have spare and will have some more available once i swap to Optimus Fittings), you can have it for just cost of shipping. You can also look at directly ordering from Bitspower Taiwan. I have looked into it before and prices are cheaper than US retail but its the shipping that the issue.

If you see my recent rig, i used a lot of fittings. Mostly BP but some barrows. I was using brass tubing so in order to get straight runs (cant bend), I had to huge extensions runs using with usage of Royal Blue/matte black fitting mixture. I really like BP Royal Blue Fittings.



https://modmymods.com/barrow-g1-4-90...12-silver.html
https://www.performance-pcs.com/wate...-cb90r2ld.html

https://modmymods.com/barrow-g1-4-36...x360pz-15.html
Can't find the fitting on PPCS but when i saw its BP equivalent last year, it was 30something USD.

Tip: I found those free floating adapter fittings useless as they would sink easily and the tubing would look even worse. For soft tubing, its better to buy whole bunch of extenders and then top it with one of the 90 degree fittings so you get an straight run. That or use something like flow meter/temp sensor to act as flow splitter instead.
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