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January 16, 2013 7:36:13 AM

Hey um I am new to modded water cooling. Like I know how to set up a solid unleaking loop but I have a question. The store I buy all my gear at stocks 1/4 coolers and at the moment they don't have the needed tubes. Is it possible to use 1/2 tubing and somehow connect them to the waterblock? I know it seems stuiped but I am sorta up a creek if I can't figure out a way haha

Cheers in advance :) 

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a c 176 K Overclocking
January 16, 2013 8:35:53 AM

I think your getting the ID of the tube and the thread of a barb confused.

G1/4 is pretty much the universal thread of water-cooling equipment, a G1/4 barb will screw into a G1/4 port, say on a radiator.
The ID is the Inner Diameter of a tube, or the diameter of a barb. So if you have 1/2" tubing and a 1/2" barb, they will fit together.

The thread and diameter of a barb are in no way linked.

You sure you know what your doing?
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January 16, 2013 9:06:44 AM

Haha I just noticed how that is worded. I am saying my radiator has 1/4 barbs which as far I thought used 1/4 tubing? I have an HD 220 apogee kit and want to add crossfire into the loop. However it only provides 1/2 tubes unless I am mistaking whats going on >.<.... And in question to the are you sure... at the moment.. not to much XD
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January 16, 2013 9:28:37 AM

Thats a kit of what I chose :)  And yes it does use 1/2 barbs. I am refering to another radiator http://koolance.com/radiator-1-fan-120mm-30-fpi-copper. I want to hook that into my rig with two mcw82 universal block's for the 78's. I am just curious is there a way I can use my 1/2 tubing on the 1/4 barbs? Look I just hope you can understand I am obviously getting mixed up with the legitimate names for these components.
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a c 176 K Overclocking
January 16, 2013 9:34:43 AM

Well, if it is using 1/4" barbs, you wont be able to fit 1/2" tubing on it. You could just get some 1/2" barbs and replace them, that way you can use the 1/2" tubing.
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January 16, 2013 9:36:55 AM

You can fit 1/2 barbs onto 1/4 so I am assuming that I am looking for a 1/4 to 1/2 barb? Or something along those lines, otherwise I can't imagine it fitting properally.
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a c 176 K Overclocking
January 16, 2013 9:39:24 AM

Again, I think your getting confused between the thread and the diameter. Provided you havent put any barbs on that rad, there shouldnt be any barbs on it.
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January 16, 2013 9:53:47 AM

Ok then... Kits with layed out instructions are so much easier >.< I was certain these needed to placed on the radiator http://www.i-tech.com.au/products/120563_Swiftech_Polis... and the site claims these are barbs unless I am mistaken... Also thanks for all the help thus far! Its a bit of a leap going from instructions to none XD
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a c 176 K Overclocking
January 16, 2013 9:57:36 AM

Yep, those barbs will do.
The 1/4 was referring to the thread, not diameter. Those are 1/2" barbs.
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January 16, 2013 10:00:51 AM

OH ok now I understand :D !!! Thread is regarding the size of the tube and what is needed to feed what into it and the barbs are what screw into the radiator and 1/2 is the size of hole they screw into? :) 
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a c 176 K Overclocking
January 16, 2013 10:09:02 AM

Other way around, the thread is like a screw. The barb has a G1/4 thread on it, so it can screw into G1/4 ports. The ID (Inner Diameter) is how wide the tube is, and also how wide the hole in the barb is.


This will clear some things up I think.
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January 16, 2013 10:28:03 AM

That clears things up man. So the MCW82's use a thread size of 1/4 so could I assume that they use a barb of 1/2? So I would use 1/2 tubes not 1/4?
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a c 176 K Overclocking
January 16, 2013 10:33:29 AM

Pretty much any barb has a 1/4 thread, but that doesn't mean it be a 1/2" by default. You can also get them in smaller sizes.
Though considering that the rest of the kit uses 1/2" barbs and tubing, you should keep to that.

Long story short, get 1/2" barbs and tubing.
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January 16, 2013 10:35:11 AM

Genius!! Thanks man its really really appreciated :D  I feel so much more confident now!! :D 
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a c 324 K Overclocking
January 16, 2013 2:05:42 PM

There is a section in the watercooling sticky that covers this in detail, looks like where manofchalk linked the same image I have listed.
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January 17, 2013 9:35:42 AM

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a c 324 K Overclocking
January 17, 2013 3:11:29 PM

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