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homer98 October 6, 2010 09:56 PM

Tube sizes and differences
Hey all, not sure if this has been a common question before or not, but whats the general preference/opinion about tubing diameter?

also, I have seen tubes with 3/8ID 1/2OD and 3/8ID 5/8OD, is there much difference in the thicknesses? :shok:

Lastly, ive read that there are different kinds of tubing material wise, is there higher quality/more flexible material than others?

Thanks for the help ! Cheers

lowfat October 6, 2010 10:03 PM

You definitely do not want 3/8ID 1/2OD unless you are using anti kink coils on the tubing. It has horrible bend radius. Like I said in the PM 3/8ID 5/8OD Primoflex LRT is the way to get IMO. The difference in flow between 3/8ID and 1/2ID is pretty much meaningless. Plus the fact that 3/8ID has improved bend radius.

AmuseMe October 7, 2010 05:11 AM

+1 to Lowfat's comment.
And 3/8"x5/8" looks tight on 1/2" barbs :thumb:

homer98 October 7, 2010 06:24 AM

Heh, cool. Thanks for the info, cant wait to get started with watercooling ! gonna be awesome

martin_metal_88 October 7, 2010 06:46 AM

Hey you guys never give me these info when I first build my WC few month ago! grrrr...I have to agree 1/2 OD is dead hard to bend so you have damn long tube running eevrywhere just because you can't bend them. Look at lowfat workblog, he can alsmo bend histubing 90 degree. Their advice are good;)

homer98 October 7, 2010 08:35 AM

heh, yeah, thats where my questions originally came from, was looking through some worklogs, saw lowfats, sent him a pm, then decided to stop bugging him and ask everyone :clap: im glad i got this info before picking out components. Everyone is so helpful :canadianwave:

JMCD October 7, 2010 05:06 PM

I've used 7/16 ID and 5/8" OD, it was pretty good, but I can't comment on the sharp turns because I used anti kink coils. I am currently using 1/2ID and 3/4OD and really like the look, can do some pretty sharp turns too. I believe the above posters have had the chance to try all sizes. A thick wall is definitely best for turn radius.

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