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Unread 09-01-2005, 03:06 PM   #1
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Default How many ft of tubing do you use?

How much tubing (in ft or meters) do you use in your water cooling setup?

Just wondering how much I'll need for an in case system with two water blocks, pump and rad.

Also whats the cheapest source for Tygon 3/8 ID in the UK

http://www.coolercases.co.uk/wc_hose.htm (£2.69 per ft)
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Unread 09-01-2005, 05:30 PM   #2
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Depends on the case really... I tend to get away with 6ft in a Chieftec Full Tower... but also depends where you're putting what in the case.

http://store.over-clock.com/Tubing.html#a571
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Unread 09-01-2005, 05:46 PM   #3
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Its a Lian Li PC-V2000 full tower.

Thanks for the link Marci I'll go for 8ft to be on the safe side.

Do you guys have the Swiftech MCRES-1000 reservoir? (I already have MCP350)
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Unread 09-02-2005, 12:56 AM   #4
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mine is about 6ft...
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Unread 09-02-2005, 12:59 PM   #5
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just to be annoying, about 2.3 meters.
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Unread 09-04-2005, 06:41 PM   #6
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Default Just Get 10ft and get it over with...

for the 3 revisions you'll do over the never month as you tinker
(I user about 6-7ft) (note the sig )
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Unread 09-04-2005, 08:38 PM   #7
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6 feet, but order at least 10. You'll end up using it sooner or later.
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Unread 09-06-2005, 02:32 PM   #8
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14 feet

I like external units that run tubes to the inside of the computer and back out. This way, I have LESS chances of a LEAK inside of the computer with all of those expensive parts inside.
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Unread 09-16-2005, 07:50 AM   #9
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8.6' . I have my rad and reservoir mounted externally.
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Strange? I use about 8-1/2' too!
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Unread 09-17-2005, 09:44 AM   #11
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Strange? I use about 8-1/2' too!

I posted pics of my 1st build, also my 1st attempt at watercooling.
http://forums.procooling.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=11688
I mainly posted pics to show examples of a few items I built that were not commercially available, and or some mods I performed that might help anyone who had run into the same problems. I was embarressed of my res, a hunk of junk Angel eye that was made very poorly by the manufacturer. It was the only res on the market that I could find that would allow me to run the tubing where I needed to. I drilled and tapped new mounting holes and filled araeas inside with epoxy to try and redirect the flow to reduce restriction in the flow path. Everyone on these forums had been so helpful to me that I wanted to add my humble contribution.
1) Modded DD Maze4 GPU hold down studs to allow Swiftech NB cooler.
2) Built 1/2" ID pci pass through plate.
3) Built multi desity foam, multi material DDC pump mount housing to completely eliminate all pump vibrations without holding heat in pump(I have since modified the mount so nothing is blocking airflow around the pump).
4) Built a rheostat to control speed of pump.

There was a total of about 9.5 feet. I recently rerouted the tubing which removed about a foot. I am in the process of buiding a reservoir using a pvc electrical J-box. I am also changing all of my clear tubing out for colored tubing.
There are 2 drawbacks to using Fluid-XP. First, the inside of clear tubing looks terrible after about a month. second, when I removed a section of tubing after a few months of use, looking into the end of the tube I could actually see raised clumps of deposits, similar to sand banks in a river bed. I don't think this coolant would work very well with any blocks that have small holes, unless the pressure created by the design of the block would be enough to clean itself.
When I finish Rev2 of my build I will post new pics, if anyone is interested.
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Strange? I use about 8-1/2' too!
I like that shroud-nice job.
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Hansfragger, Thanks.

Its alum sheet (0.025", easy to cut with a papercutter, nice straight cuts) and 1/4" alum angle pop-rivited together.

It's a prototype. I have a friend that owns a sheet metal business and he will make a "real" one for me. I think it needs some vanes inside to equalize air flow. I seem to feel more air on the rt/lf sides than in the middle. Maybe an "exponential" shape would work better, but he'll know.
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Unread 09-17-2005, 10:54 AM   #14
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On the first pic, I couldn't see the blower-That rocks!

There is a can of compressed smoke that HVAC techs use to watch flow(I think its actual purpose is to test smoke detectors). You could spray it about 2 feet in front of the rad intake and watch how it's pulled into the rad.
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3 feet or less in each:









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