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enaberif July 17, 2009 10:40 AM

Water Loop
 
So I'm looking at adding stuff to my loop but unfortunately ncix no longer sells the tubing I used which was Masterkleer 7/16"

Now looking at their site they sell either 3/8 ID with a 5/8 OD or a 1/2 ID with a 5/8 OD.

Now I know the 3/8 ID can fit over the 1/2 barbs with a bit of work but will there be much difference in flow going from 7/16 ID to a 3/8 ID?

I don't imagine there would be and I don't know if I feel like going to 1/2 ID tubing.

SugarJ July 17, 2009 11:01 AM

I bet you'd not even notice a change in core temps by going to 3/8 tubing. I use 1/2" just because I like lowspeed fans on my rad, and thought the extra flow might help my temps a degree or two.

Dazmode July 17, 2009 02:27 PM

I went from 1/2 tubing to 3/8 and I don't really see any difference. It slightly hotter (may be 1 degree), but I also have chipset and 2 cards in the loop.... which I belive the real reason for hotter temps

MpG July 17, 2009 02:32 PM

If you can get the 3/8" over the 1/2" barbs, go for it. Very minimal losses over 7/16".

If you're really bored, you can check THIS out, a test that was done a couple years ago. But the final conclusions is: Minimal loss to flow rate, and even smaller loss to cooling ability. As much as I love it myself, 1/2" tubing is highly overrated in the average watercooling system these days.

Lima July 17, 2009 06:12 PM

Hello guys.

This sounds good. I am thinking of going 3/8 as well and was unsure but this thread is changing my mind. The only concern I have is with my pump, the MCP 655 and it's 1/2 in inlet/outlet. Just to confirm. Is it using a hot cup of water to dip the tubing into and then slip on top of the barb what you are planning to do?

Thanks!

enaberif July 17, 2009 06:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Lima (Post 225359)
Hello guys.

This sounds good. I am thinking of going 3/8 as well and was unsure but this thread is changing my mind. The only concern I have is with my pump, the MCP 655 and it's 1/2 in inlet/outlet. Just to confirm. Is it using a hot cup of water to dip the tubing into and then slip on top of the barb what you are planning to do?

Thanks!

It is.

Its a bit of a job and I gave myself a blister once.. but it works.

Dazmode July 17, 2009 06:44 PM

Another option is to put custom top like EK X5 with 1/4 threads ....

Lima July 17, 2009 06:56 PM

Great! :D

3.0charlie July 17, 2009 09:35 PM

Go for 3/8s. I did, and never looked back at the 7/16s and 1/2s.


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