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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello,

 

I just wanted to ask all you water cooling people out there if you're using hose/pipe fittings designed for watercooling?

 

I recently installed the EKWB Monoblock on my X570-F Gaming Board and it is my first water cooled PC.

All the stuff I've seen on youtube before everyone is using expensive fittings that are designed for PC water cooling, but why don't use industrial air hose fittings, all of them are availiable with any possible thread in any possible angle and form and they are mostly much cheaper. Also ultra durable and designed to hold up to 20bar for decades.

I work in a big company where I gott some of them for a cup of coffee for the depot man. But even if you buy them they are way cheaper and will shurely never fail, we use those fittings for 8bar of compressed air in constantly heat changing envoirements and in the last 6 years I worked there not one failed.

For example on my block I've Stasto PI12-12-14-N-0 fittings, they are nickel plated what's great for my water Block and cost about 3$ a piece. But there are even cheaper ones out of Black Plastic which are still very durable and also I find them very cool looking.

 

So what about you guys any of you ever used such fittings for a water cooling, or didn't you even know those exist or don't you like the design?

I'm curious about you oppinions.

 

I should also say that for those quick fittings it's very importend that the outer diameter of the hose/pipe you stick in has to be perfectly right otherwise they will leak for shure, if someone plans to use such things now.

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well, usually we don't use that stuff because it looks kinda shitty. also, the hoses available for fittings like that are generally just not great looking either.

 

the pro's of using actual watercooling gear are these among others:

-you don't risk losing your warranty when a block fails and leaks on the electronics. usually warranty for watercooling hardware reads that you need to use watercooling hardware.

-fittings made for the application are bound to be more optimized. usually with bigger holes for more waterflow (usually, not always)

-if you want to use hardline tubing, those industrial fittings are not going to work.

 


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aesthetics

 

Normal pluming hardware doesnt fit the aesthetic of most builds.

 

They look perfectly fine in a 'steampunk' theme however.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
18 minutes ago, RollinLower said:

-you don't risk losing your warranty when a block fails and leaks on the electronics. usually warranty for watercooling hardware reads that you need to use watercooling hardware.

Good point but I don't expect my new EK Block to fail.

 

18 minutes ago, RollinLower said:

-fittings made for the application are bound to be more optimized. usually with bigger holes for more waterflow (usually, not always)

I don't believe that, I've never seen "Water Cooling Fittings" in RL but I'm quite shure industrial fittings are better optimized for Flow because the multi Million Commpany that design those are more the Cutting edge lead of fitting technology. Also that's a reason why they/ or I mostly use quick fittings because they don't restrict in any way.

 

18 minutes ago, RollinLower said:

-if you want to use hardline tubing, those industrial fittings are not going to work.

Yes they do, I did 12mm Plexi Tubing but not bend only straight lines with angele pieces beacuse I like the look, but no Problem with hard tubing if the outer diameter of the Tubing is perfectly correct, atleast with the quick fittings.

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41 minutes ago, Plermpel said:

Hello,

 

I just wanted to ask all you water cooling people out there if you're using hose/pipe fittings designed for watercooling?

 

I recently installed the EKWB Monoblock on my X570-F Gaming Board and it is my first water cooled PC.

All the stuff I've seen on youtube before everyone is using expensive fittings that are designed for PC water cooling, but why don't use industrial air hose fittings, all of them are availiable with any possible thread in any possible angle and form and they are mostly much cheaper. Also ultra durable and designed to hold up to 20bar for decades.

I work in a big company where I gott some of them for a cup of coffee for the depot man. But even if you buy them they are way cheaper and will shurely never fail, we use those fittings for 8bar of compressed air in constantly heat changing envoirements and in the last 6 years I worked there not one failed.

For example on my block I've Stasto PI12-12-14-N-0 fittings, they are nickel plated what's great for my water Block and cost about 3$ a piece. But there are even cheaper ones out of Black Plastic which are still very durable and also I find them very cool looking.

 

So what about you guys any of you ever used such fittings for a water cooling, or didn't you even know those exist or don't you like the design?

I'm curious about you oppinions.

 

I should also say that for those quick fittings it's very importend that the outer diameter of the hose/pipe you stick in has to be perfectly right otherwise they will leak for shure, if someone plans to use such things now.

It can work we use Festo stainless fittings for watercooling systems in industrial applications, as said most use it for the aesthetic look but it's not a problem to use brass or stainless based fittings such as for plumbing in watercooling loops long as they have the G1/4" thread. 

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Couple reasons.

1st, Aesthetics.

2nd, Warranty.

 


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Posted · Original PosterOP
5 minutes ago, SolarNova said:

aesthetics

 

Normal pluming hardware doesnt fit the aesthetic of most builds.

 

They look perfectly fine in a 'steampunk' theme however.

I've seen fittings that look exactly the same as alphacool or thermaltake fittings in our companny, but I don't know the brand.

Also the SC12-11,6/9-14-A in black anodized aluminium look quite awsome.

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most people probably don't have the expertise or time to research industrial fittings. They just get what is labeled for water cooling. same thing with oil filters for my truck, Dodge specs one filter size, but there are about 3 or 4 different sizes speced for different trucks that will work and allow me to use more oil while getting more filtration. most people don't know that. I'm the kind of person would would straight up use pex tubes and shark bite fittings with a automotive heatr core or aux trans cooler to create a custom water cooler though ^_^ (I eventualy will too. just need money and time lol)

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Looks

 

I just used regular fittings and black tubing


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Fittings are a small part of any build.  Not worth my time to source other fittings.


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8 minutes ago, Xplo1t said:

Fittings are a small part of any build.  Not worth my time to source other fittings.

Well my build had like 27 fittings so if all the sudden they were like half the price that would add up pretty quick


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1 minute ago, Ravendarat said:

Well my build had like 27 fittings so if all the sudden they were like half the price that would add up pretty quick

Even at $10 per fitting, that's only $270.  Not worth my time.


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Just now, Xplo1t said:

Even at $10 per fitting, that's only $270.  Not worth my time.

That would depend on who you are, for some people thats a ton of money, for others not so much. But if you are trying to build with a budget in mind, saving $270 there would allow you to move up a couple levels on your processor, or a level in GPU or whatever. I get what you mean though


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Because most wont actually work. Not sure what blocks you use that can take all that tread. 


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7 hours ago, Ravendarat said:

That would depend on who you are, for some people thats a ton of money, for others not so much. But if you are trying to build with a budget in mind, saving $270 there would allow you to move up a couple levels on your processor, or a level in GPU or whatever. I get what you mean though

At this point you`re likely just getting an air cooler then, at 80 bucks either the DRP4 and NH-D15 will do more than fine enough for any mainstream build so I kinda get his point that usually enthusiast watercooling is no longer something where you get into with cheap up mentality.


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20 hours ago, Plermpel said:

Hello,

 

I just wanted to ask all you water cooling people out there if you're using hose/pipe fittings designed for watercooling?

They look nice, are comfortable to work with and easier to find. I don't even know where I could find g1/4 fittings, maybe a hw store?


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