It's been a while since I've been in the LC section, but this time I'm buying parts
System I'm cooling is my signature build. Only cooling the i5 and 6950. Budget ~ $350
6950 Block - EK Full Cover Block + Backplate (purchased, $93)
CPU Block - Apogee XT Rev 2 or EK Supreme HF ($71 new)
Rad - HWLabs Black Ice Xtreme III (purchased, $50)
Fans - 3x Scythe Ultra Kaze 3000RPM (purchased, $35)
Pump/Res - XSPC X20 750 ($50 new)
Tubing - Primochill, White, 1/2" ID, 3/4" OD ($1.80/ft, 10 ft.?)
Total (less fittings) - $316.90
I need help with determining what fittings to get. I need 10 G1/4 1/2" ID, 3/4" OD fittings.
Are there any fittings that have been proven to be better than others (i.e. barbs vs. compression, plastic vs. metal, etc.)?
I also found these Koolance Quick Disconnect fittings, but they're too pricey to get 10 pairs of them. However, is there anywhere that these might be useful (i.e. for easy draining/maintenance)? I could afford to do like 2 - 4 pairs, so 1 or 2 components. http://www.koolance.com/water-cooling/default.php?cPath...
Never read anything saying one fitting was better than the other.
I've used Swiftech, Bitspower, DD, Enzotech and EK barbs along with Feser and Enzo comps., never witnessed any differences.
At that price I'd get the comps, probably need extenders for the gpu blocks though. http://jab-tech.com/Bitspower-G-1-4-Shining-Silver-Exte...
$50-$60 a set for QDC's is crazy money, IMO they're only useful if you're going to be doing alot of rearranging of the loop.
A "T" line works fine for drainage.
Just as an update I ended up going with some Enzotech compression fittings. They were almost double the price, but I got 8 instead of 10 (was getting a few extra but decided not to; hope that wasn't a bad idea). It'll provide more contrast to my white tubing/cold cathodes that I ordered today.