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So here is a quick Pictorial about how to sleeve your water cooling hoses to add that bit of unique classiness to your rig.

Supplies:

Tubing: Self explanatory I hope.

Fittings: I'm using barbs/clamps. It can be done with compression fitting I just don't have any to try with.

Sleeving: You want the ID of your sleeving to match the OD of out tubing. I.E. My tubing is 1/2" X 5/8" so I got 5/8" sleeving.

Hand tools: Lighter, Pliers, Scissors, etc. I use a pair of locking pliers for my hose clamp because I have the squeeze kind. It's just one less thing that to worry about while sliding clamps on tubes.







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Step 1: Lightly fuse(melt) the end of your sleeving to keep if from fraying. Start sliding it over the tubing



Step 2: Don't pre-cut the sleeving! As the sleeving expands over the tubing it will take up the slack in the sleeving and your sleeving will end up short.



Step 3: Slide it past the end of the tubing 1/8 to 3/16" of an inch.



Step 4: Slowly start to melt it back to the tubing.



Step 4b: Twisting, pushing and forming it so you end up with a nice solid end that is flush with the tubing. This will help prevent the the sleeving from sliding around and snagging while you put your fittings on.



Step 5: Put your fitting on. When it's time to do the other end you rinse and repeat steps 1-5.

Check here if you have compression fittings.



If done right you should end up with something similar to this.



















 

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Thank you for this write up! I really want to find a way to have steel braided lines in my case. I wonder if silver sleeving would give me the right affect.
 

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This is great! I was planning on running some sleeving on my tubes however I would be using compression fitting instead. Hope it still works the same! +Rep if I could
You should post some pics when you do.

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awesome, great job!
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Thank you for this write up! I really want to find a way to have steel braided lines in my case. I wonder if silver sleeving would give me the right affect.
You could get stainless sleeving. I found some here.

http://www.wirecare.com/Braided-Sleeving.asp
 

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what did you use to sleeve it with? sorry if you've already said it somewhere. is it just paracord or something similar that you'd use to sleeve psu cables?

edit: nevermind, just saw the link you posted. great guide! i've been looking for something like this
 

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I d suggest something like this.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-hose-clamps/=lpnyrp

You can remove the clamps. Tape over the exposed parts of nylon sleeving or cover them. Proceed to heat gun the shrinking clamp to seal off the hose. Then slide a second piece of dual wall heat shrink up the line and use that to just adhere the loom to the line/clamp area. The only downside is the inability to be serviceable.

These are also quite slick:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Aest-Road-Bike-MTB-31-8mm-Black-Seat-Post-Seatpost-Clamp-Quick-Release-QR-/251237914407?pt=Cycling_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3a7ef25727

Price didn't seem bad and fairly easy to use.

I do understand the sizes aren't right, but a little digging can bring up the right ones and a plethora of similar options.
 

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I actually got the idea from this very thread! I had started following it from post 17 on wards so I have seen quite a bit of your build and I love it! (your forever alone build is still one of my favorite on OCN) I plan on using some bitspower fittings so I hope that it works with them as well. Will post pics when it finally happens (wont be around till late april)
 

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Absolutely awesome, thank you so much!

What sleeving do you recommend for this? I have been looking and looking, but so far all I can find with a color other than black is the "KOBRA HD" from FrozenCPU.... I'd really like something that would match either MDPC-X or Paracord...

Thanks again!
 

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what did you use to sleeve it with? sorry if you've already said it somewhere. is it just paracord or something similar that you'd use to sleeve psu cables?

edit: nevermind, just saw the link you posted. great guide! i've been looking for something like this
Mine is just some cheapo PET sleeving from Ebay. It's a 14mm sleeve but it's close enough.

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I d suggest something like this.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-hose-clamps/=lpnyrp

You can remove the clamps. Tape over the exposed parts of nylon sleeving or cover them. Proceed to heat gun the shrinking clamp to seal off the hose. Then slide a second piece of dual wall heat shrink up the line and use that to just adhere the loom to the line/clamp area. The only downside is the inability to be serviceable.

These are also quite slick:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Aest-Road-Bike-MTB-31-8mm-Black-Seat-Post-Seatpost-Clamp-Quick-Release-QR-/251237914407?pt=Cycling_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3a7ef25727

Price didn't seem bad and fairly easy to use.

I do understand the sizes aren't right, but a little digging can bring up the right ones and a plethora of similar options.
I'm not big on the worm clamps for pc cooling. They work great but aren't fancy and that defeats the purpose on the sleeving. Those latching clamps look cool but the one you linked is 2x too big for most pc hoses.

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you got that water block from me
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Yes I did. And it works awesomely. My 5870 stays nice and frosty bellow 40C even when I flog it with 1.35v

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This is great! I was planning on running some sleeving on my tubes however I would be using compression fitting instead. Hope it still works the same! +Rep if I could
http://www.overclock.net/t/1287144/lowfats-big-lian-li-16-core-sb-e-gtx680-sli/240_20#post_18579777
Very nice. I know people have done it before but I haven't seen a nice simply laid out tut in it's own thread yet. If you don't mind I'll link you in my tut with the compression fittings.

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Absolutely awesome, thank you so much!

What sleeving do you recommend for this? I have been looking and looking, but so far all I can find with a color other than black is the "KOBRA HD" from FrozenCPU.... I'd really like something that would match either MDPC-X or Paracord...

Thanks again!
You could check Ebay. I found mine by searching for "PET sleeving" If you add the diameter you are looking for it will help narrow the search. Try both metric and SAE. If you want something like paracord you could try looking for rope.

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Wow that actually looks really cool. I came into this thread with hatred on my mind. Great work, I might do this on my build <3
Thanks for the complement. Glad I could persuade you otherwise.
 

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hows the performance out of that 5870 on modern games?
 

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I found some at a site that carries every single type of TechFlex ever made (so it appears lol).

Man, I would love to have some of the real carbon fiber sleeve...
 

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hows the performance out of that 5870 on modern games?
It does well enough for me. I don't play many graphics intensive game but it handles my 1280x1024 x3 eyefintiy setup and borderlands 2 with ease.

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I found some at a site that carries every single type of TechFlex ever made (so it appears lol).

Man, I would love to have some of the real carbon fiber sleeve...
Carbon fiber could look good.
 

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Very good tutorial, and a good idea to get away from the limiting tube colours if you're not a dye user.

Though I would say doing this with compression fittings may be a bit hit or miss, as some are tight with just the tubing adding sleeving may make them impossible to do up.
 
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