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Hi Guys

I installed a custom water loop in my PC about a year ago, using just flexible soft tubing.  It was easy enough, even for a first timer like me:-)

I've decided to have a go with rigid tubing, just for aesthetics and fun.

My question....  Although I much prefer the small format of the 'push-in' fittings, should I opt for compression fittings?

Would they be 'safer' for a novice?


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24 minutes ago, Dougal said:

Hi Guys

I installed a custom water loop in my PC about a year ago, using just flexible soft tubing.  It was easy enough, even for a first timer like me:-)

I've decided to have a go with rigid tubing, just for aesthetics and fun.

My question....  Although I much prefer the small format of the 'push-in' fittings, should I opt for compression fittings?

Would they be 'safer' for a novice?

Great post, as I too am thinking on that route too, from air cooling to liquid cooling.


Rick Almeida

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Don't think you can use barb fittings for rigid tubing. I'd go compression! 

I know that for PETG and acrylic specific compression fittings are required that apply less pressure than for soft tubing.

I'm a million miles away from being an expert on custom loops of course.

 

I'd go for those fancy Bitspower black compression fittings.  

 

 

Edited by martin-w

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Found this...

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-2363504/barbed-fittings-rigid-acrylic.html

 

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Can I use barbed fittings with rigid acrylic tubing?



NO! Absolutely Not!

There are two types of compression fittings one type for flexible tubing the other for hard acrylic.

You use compression fittings specifically designed for hard acrylic.

 

 

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Hi Martin

I didn't mean push-on as in 'barbed'. There's a very simple, and smaller format with twin 'O' rings inside. A bit like the modern plumbing kit lol.

Like these: https://www.scan.co.uk/products/ek-hd-adapter-10-12mm-black-nickel-solid-tube-fitting

Some are smaller still, with a very nice bevelled edge.

It won't really matter, as I have a MASSIVE case. Its purely aesthetic for me.

Edited by Dougal

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Oops... if it isn't HUGE and called Noctua I'm stumped. 😀

Dunno then... 

Just looked at them on YouTube, don't think I'd trust em unless I could nip them up tight. 

 

Somehow I knew your equipment would be MASSIVE! 

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15 minutes ago, martin-w said:

Somehow I knew your equipment would be MASSIVE! 

We only 'do' MASSIVE in our tiny little cottage lol.

Even our dog weighs in at 45Kg!


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Have you 'de-lidded' Martin? Well, not you personally, but you know what I mean:-)

Made a 'HUUUUUUGE' difference (or is that 'massive;-) ) on my 7700.  Really makes the water cooling worthwhile.


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25 minutes ago, Dougal said:

 

Even our dog weighs in at 45Kg!

 

Hmm... makes my 14 lb feline look a bit small

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13 minutes ago, Dougal said:

Have you 'de-lidded' Martin? Well, not you personally, but you know what I mean:-)

Made a 'HUUUUUUGE' difference (or is that 'massive;-) ) on my 7700.  Really makes the water cooling worthwhile.

 

You bet Mr Dougal. Did my daughters 7600K (now sold) and did my 8700K. Katy's dropped by 15 degrees, mine was about 10 I think. I might try re-applying the Conductonaut to see if I can get it lower. Trouble is I didn't test it before delliding, so I cant be specific re temp drop. 

Shouldn't complain though, it will do 5.2 with the Noctua. 

I can see how with that thermal bottleneck gone that water cooling would improve. 

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