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    Question Upgrading WC-loop with Quick disconnect, Compression fittings and tubes

    Upgraded to Sandy Bridge when it got out, and now that the new motherboards is on its way out again I will have to undo the WC-setup once more. I like building on the PC, but not the same over and over again, so...

    I plan on a dual loop (because i can) and have been looking at frontbay res/pump combos. More on that later if the stuff below works out like i hope.


    1. Right now I wonder about quick disconnections from Koolance, does anyone have experience with them, and how is it to fasten directly to coolingblocks/res/rads vs tubes on both sides?



    2. Then there is the options for a cleaner look, Compression fittings and tubes that fit.
    I was thinking about getting black tubes, but how does that look with silver fittings?
    One of the hard parts is to find tubes and compressionfittings that go together, and would like some help with that which also fit the quick disconnects.


    My goal with this project would be to easily be able to take out any part in the loop and back in again while it looks good.
    And should I go for 1/2" ID or 3/8" ID?


    A pic of my current setup: http://bildr.no/view/838536 (its kinda big)


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    most of your questions are personal perference therefor I can't really tell you what to get but I can point you to a right direction thought.

    1). Quick Disconectors are good but very expensive, each line need a male & female connectors, so you need a 2 pairs of each connectors for each loop. If you're doing two loops then time two; 4 female & 4 male.

    Yes you can connect the Quick Disconnector directly to water block or rad/res then you have to use the one threaded style, not the one with a barb or compression end.

    2). IMO, nothing wrong with black tubes and silver fittings, it gives you some contrast.
    Compability; look for tube and fittings as ID (inside diameter), OD (outer diameter) when you shop.

    performance wise, 1/2"ID tubes are better but you won't notice with a naked eye, unless you have the temperature logged and average it out then you will see 0.5°C advantage.

    Big tube is hard to route with small case especiall in tight space however, it's strong no kinks. If you have to go with 3/8" then you should go with 5/8"OD one because it has 1/8" wall, it gives you better bending radius.

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    Koolance quick connects are the bomb. They run about $13 ea.. That's $13 for male and $13 female= $26 x 2 = $52.


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    if you guys don't stop posting all these cool pics of water cooling parts I'm going to cream my drawers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinman View Post
    if you guys don't stop posting all these cool pics of water cooling parts I'm going to cream my drawers!
    You like the Phatty in the upper right corner who u kidding.

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    Well, gotta start somewhere, so I've found this black tube:
    Feser 1/2"ID 3/4"OD

    And these compression fittings:
    Bitspower
    Now the text says its for Tygon tubes, but the Feser has the same dimentions so that should be ok right?

    And some Bitspower 45 Degree adapters
    Not sure if I need these though, but they look good.


    And back to my dual loop plan for a little while:
    Koolance 452X2 Res
    with two pumps ofcourse, not sure which yet though.

    I plan on using the 120.3 Rad for the CPU loop.
    The 120.1 in the back on the GPU-loop and add another 120.1 Rad in the bottom to help out.

    The 120.3 Rad I plan to turn around so the fittings is by the frontbay, that way it wont be so many tubes around the CPU block.


    And then back to the Quick Connects.

    Koolance VL3N Compression
    Koolance VL3N Threaded


    On the CPU loop I planned on one QC on the 120.3 Rad and two QC on the Res, that way all 3 parts can be removed without having to remove another part aswell.
    On the GPU loop its abit more, 2 QC on the bottom Rad, one QC on the GPU block and one on the Res, again so each part may be removed.

    Or is this waaaay overkill?
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    Both loops:
    Koolance RP-402X2

    Feser 1/2"ID 3/4"OD x8 feet


    CPU-loop:

    MCP35X

    Bitspower x4

    Koolance VL3N Compression x2

    Koolance VL3N Threaded x2

    Black Ice GTX Gen Two Xtreme 360 or Black Ice GTX Gen Two Xtreme 480
    I might mod my 800D to fit a 480 in top, but not sure its really needed. Thinking ahead if I might cool ram and MB in the (Ivy Bridge)future.


    GPU-loop:

    MCP35X

    Bitspower
    x4

    Koolance VL3N Compression x2

    Koolance VL3N Threaded x2

    Black Ice GTW Gen Two Xtreme 240
    Gonna mod bottom of 800D to fit it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinman View Post
    if you guys don't stop posting all these cool pics of water cooling parts I'm going to cream my drawers!

    At your age Vinny all you will do in your drawers is crap them.

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    BTW Goat, Why 2 loops?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drdeath View Post
    BTW Goat, Why 2 loops?
    Gonna change my 1155 MB soon, so its a good time to upgrade, gonna rip everything out of the case anyway. I like to build new stuff and see how it goes, and it will take longer for me to hit the temp-wall on the cpu when my 480 dont help warming it up.

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