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Cooling Water Cooling Tubing

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Harrybo, 26 Aug 2007.

  1. Harrybo

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    I’m planning on getting water cooling but all these different pipe sizes are confusing me. Im going to be using 1/2” barbs and I want big thick pipes, Like this,
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y33/leefang/casemod/qx8812.jpg

    Would this work?
    http://www.specialtech.co.uk/spshop/customer/product.php?productid=3417&cat=570&page=1

    Also Someone recomended this. http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/ty7id5odlatu.html
    But that only has an Outer Diameter of (15.875 mm) When u can get ones upto 19mm! or is 15.875 mm quite big anyway? lol im confused

    Or do you have any better recommendations, Thanks :)
     
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  2. Nexxo

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    Tygon tubing (and various brands of higher quality PVC tubing like Clearflex) comes in two flavours, loosely referred to by water cooling geeks as "thick-walled" and "thin-walled".

    Thin-walled tubing has a wall thickness of 1.5 mm. So the outer diameter (OD) is 3 mm larger than the inner diameter (ID). Thick-walled tubing has a wall thickness of 3 mm, which makes the outer diameter 6 mm larger than the inner diameter. In terms of 1/2" (12.7 mm) ID tubing, thick-walled tubing would be about 18.7 mm OD, whereas thin-walled tubing would be about 15.7 mm OD.

    What you see on the picture you posted is thick-walled 1/2" tubing. You want thick-walled anyway, as this is sturdier and also less likely to kink or collapse when you bend it in relatively tight angles. I always avoid thin-walled tubing.

    So you want thick-walled Tygon tubing with 1/2" (1.27 mm) ID and 0.74" (18.7 mm) OD.

    Keep in mind that such beefy tubing takes up quite a bit of space in your case. If your loop becomes a bit unwieldy, you may go for 3/8" (9.5 mm) ID, 0.62" (15.5 mm) OD tubing which will still slip over 1/2" barbs and make a nice tight, secure fit, if you dip the tube ends in hot water for ten sconds first. 3/8" tubing has no appreciable loss of cooling performance compared to 1/2" tubing.

    Tygon is the best tubing, by the way.
     
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    That would be perfect. :thumb:
     
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    What length do you recomend i would say 6 Feet?
     
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    I can't say without knowing your loop/case. Basically measure the route between the components (not in a straight line, but as the tubing would follow), and add a few feet for good measure.

    When cutting to size, do the longest bits first. Measure twice, cut once.
     
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