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    Default Barbs vs. Compression Fittings? Share your wisdom!

    Guys,

    I have 2 very nice water cooling loops that have Bitspower Barbs, but I was contemplating switching to compression fittings for a cleaner look. I would need 16-18 fittings. I know the look would be very clean, which I like, but are there any warnings that you would say to be aware of or to double check?

    Also, what brand would you highly recommend?

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    Default Re: Barbs vs. Compression Fittings? Share your wisdom!

    I used to use barbs, but switched over to compression fittings and never looked back, they look better, and hold the tubing nice and tight.

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    Default Re: Barbs vs. Compression Fittings? Share your wisdom!

    Thanks Stan Is there a particular brand that you prefer?
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    Default Re: Barbs vs. Compression Fittings? Share your wisdom!

    Same here, I use to use bitspower barbs due to cost, I switched over to compression's and have never looked back since.

    I use allot of Bitspower compression's (my preferred brand) but they can get expensive.
    However I also have used XSPC compression's and I am impressed with them. In-fact, I have those installed in my 800D.
    I also have Monsoons open Compression's while these work, I do have some concerns with the plating they use to get it the color. They tend to chip rather easy. I have some White and some blue ones on my test bench and they all seem to have markings left from the tool if you are not careful or slip on accident while installing.

    EK also make some nice Compressions as well. They are reasonable in price, cheaper then bitspower and work just as good.

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    Default Re: Barbs vs. Compression Fittings? Share your wisdom!

    I agree with Kenny, Monsoons look terrific if you can get them on without messing up the finish. (I could not) Better to stick with XSPC or Bitspower.

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    Default Re: Barbs vs. Compression Fittings? Share your wisdom!

    Ditto!

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    Default Re: Barbs vs. Compression Fittings? Share your wisdom!

    Technically I use both in my machines, but mostly compressions. I don't entirely trust a barb to seal as well as a compression. Granted I've never had a leak from one to ground that in any fact.

    Bitspower is the old standard, but numerous companies are making good quality compressions now. EK, Enzotech, and even Primochill.

    Advice #1: Avoid unnecessary rotary fittings. Use non-rotary angles where you can. Rotaries are just more joints to worry about.
    Advice #2: Buy a dozen of these. They come in extremely handy on GPU blocks, or when you need to turn a fitting to just the right angle.
    Advice #3: Use pliers, not your fingers. To save your skin!

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    Default Re: Barbs vs. Compression Fittings? Share your wisdom!

    On compression fittings depending on the thickness of the hose you don't want to tighten them down more then hand tight
    as they will have a tendency to cut into the hose if you overdue it.

    You may even want to consider some quick disconnects in your loop they make life easy when you want to dismantle the system for cleaning.

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    Default Re: Barbs vs. Compression Fittings? Share your wisdom!

    Great suggestions guys Thank you all. I will let you know what I am getting once I line out the items and cost.

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    Default Re: Barbs vs. Compression Fittings? Share your wisdom!

    I also use Monsoon fittings and while I haven't noticed any issues with the plating (I don't use colored fittings, might make a difference) I have found that they can be a PITA to install and tighten because you might not have room for the wrench

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    Default Re: Barbs vs. Compression Fittings? Share your wisdom!

    The monsoon fittings look nice, but I would still stick with compression fittings, I use either Bitspower or Koolance plus the no spill quick disconnects.

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    Default Re: Barbs vs. Compression Fittings? Share your wisdom!

    Yup, The Koolance QDC are nice, I have quite of few of them in my TH10 build. But they can get pricey, so be prepared to spend a few extra bucks for them.

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    Default Re: Barbs vs. Compression Fittings? Share your wisdom!

    I have been looking at the Bitspower and Koolance ones. How do you guys typically handle where the QDC's are installed through your loops?

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    Default Re: Barbs vs. Compression Fittings? Share your wisdom!

    id go for compression fittings. i like the monsoon/modmytoys fittings
    You don't know me and that's the way i like it!

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    Default Re: Barbs vs. Compression Fittings? Share your wisdom!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick44 View Post
    How do you guys typically handle where the QDC's are installed through your loops?
    I create a bulkhead plate from 2mil aluminum, install two Bitspower casetop fillport fittings in it, and bolt it to the rear of the PC. Then I can either connect them directly to the rear of the PC for stabilty, or splice them into the tubing runs to my radiators for flexibility (draining). Three machines I've done that to now, and I'm becoming proficient. (My rads are too large to mount inside cases.)

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    QDC can be quite expensive, they come to handy if you change the components or water blocks regularly. Therefore, the average users don't really need it.
    IMO, a T-line with a shutoff valve is more useful and cheaper than two pairs of QDC, they can cost you up to $50-$80.

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