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    Default Tubing Diameter Sizes

    What tubing diameters do you all suggest? Im thinking about changing from what I have now just because its a thin wall and the fittings are insanely expensive. For some reason thin walled compression fittings cost a lot more than thick walls, at least they did last time I looked.

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    Default Re: Tubing Diameter Sizes

    I use 3/4 OD.

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    Default Re: Tubing Diameter Sizes

    almost everything I have is 1/2x3/4 I also have a few 3/8x/5/8" fittings too but I tend to stick to the 1/2x 3/4" so everything is interchangeable. The other sizes are cheaper than what I use.
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    Default Re: Tubing Diameter Sizes

    I have 1/2" ID 3/4" OD, never had a problem with flow or anything. Now if you want to use rigid tubing, the max size is 1/2".

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    Default Re: Tubing Diameter Sizes

    From the point of view of performance .... Flow rate/ restriction differences between internal diameters of 3/8" and 1/2" are negligible, therefore you can choose either.
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    Default Re: Tubing Diameter Sizes

    I have a couple of systems running 7/16" ID nd 5/8" OD. This is my fav set up. I use to run 1/2" 3/4", but the tubing to too big for some of the builds I do and I don't like how hard it is to bend the tubing so I stop using that set up. I also run 3/8" and 5/8" OD on some of my system. This is good and the tubing well is still thick, give you enough radius to make tight bends. Flow rate and cooling between 1/2" ID and 3/8" is very minimal.

    I use to use 1/2" 5/8", but the tubing wall is to thin to make tight bends so I stopped using it. I still have a bunch of QDC's left over for this size also.

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    Default Re: Tubing Diameter Sizes

    Quote Originally Posted by Solara2xb View Post
    I have a couple of systems running 7/16" ID nd 5/8" OD. This is my fav set up. I use to run 1/2" 3/4", but the tubing to too big for some of the builds I do and I don't like how hard it is to bend the tubing so I stop using that set up. I also run 3/8" and 5/8" OD on some of my system. This is good and the tubing well is still thick, give you enough radius to make tight bends. Flow rate and cooling between 1/2" ID and 3/8" is very minimal.

    I use to use 1/2" 5/8", but the tubing wall is to thin to make tight bends so I stopped using it. I still have a bunch of QDC's left over for this size also.
    Good info, the XSPC kit I'm getting uses 7/16" & 5/8". I'll be sticking with that.

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    Default Re: Tubing Diameter Sizes

    Quote Originally Posted by Razor2014 View Post
    Good info, the XSPC kit I'm getting uses 7/16" & 5/8". I'll be sticking with that.
    - yea, I find that the tubing for 7/16 5/8 is cheaper and the fittings are not overly priced. Which is another reason I have stuck with it.
    But for someone that already has a bunch of fittings in a specific size, it may not be worth it to change.

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    Default Re: Tubing Diameter Sizes

    Yeah Im running 1/2" 5/8" right now. I want to get some 7/16 5/8. I was just curious what everyone was using. My biggest issue right now is that my debit card number was stolen. So it will be a bit before I can make any more purchases. Fairly soon I should be able to grab some fittings, tubing, and possibly some new water blocks for a build I am working on. Thanks a lot everyone!

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