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Copper Tubing?

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wolfetek

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Does anybody use copper tubing for thier cooling system? It seems like it would help to cool the water down alot better.
 

UberBlue

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It is a major pain in the butt! The problem is that soft copper tubing is annealed, (sp?) once you bend it, it doesn't want to bend anymore.
 

juliendogg

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it wouldn't add very much to the cooling of your system, in a proper setup, the rad/heatercore should be able to cool the water as much as it can be cooled. copper tubing would have little or no affect on temps, but it WOULD be difficult to install compared to flexable tubing, and it WOULD be even more difficult to do any maintainence on your system with copper tubing soldered together everywhere.

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to point out the obvious, for the copper tubing to help cool the water, the air temp around the tubing would have 2 be lower than the water temp in the tubing. check your temps, i think you'll find that if your rad is working properly, the in case temp will be above or close to the temp of the water. would be different if you were running the copper tubing through something refridgerated eh?
 

ONE

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wolfetek said:
Does anybody use copper tubing for thier cooling system? It seems like it would help to cool the water down alot better.


I asked that same question a while back, I personally have worked with soft copper tubing and I know it can be very precisely bent if you use a bending tool which can be purcased at home depot.......do not atempt to bend by hand. I would definitely recommend changing the fittings on your blocks though, remember you may want to make changes so you need compression or flare fittings so connections are not permanent.
 

Rocko[DPC]

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juliendogg said:


to point out the obvious, for the copper tubing to help cool the water, the air temp around the tubing would have 2 be lower than the water temp in the tubing. check your temps, i think you'll find that if your rad is working properly, the in case temp will be above or close to the temp of the water. would be different if you were running the copper tubing through something refridgerated eh?

That depends on where your radiator is. A lot of people have them over their exhaust fans on the back of the case. So blowing case air over the radiator wont make the water cooler. A lot of other people have their radiator over the intake fans. So here the water is cooler than the case air temps.

I do agree it would be worthless to use these tubes. Unless you wanna make your own cooling coil by running a whole mess of them through a fridge.
 

Electraglide

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Id kinda worry if the pump shorted other electrical leak, It would travel throught the entire computer along the copper line and instaed of loosing one component, anything in contact will get it.
 

Electraglide

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Water is not conductive. its the particles(minerals and microscopic stuff) in the water that is conductive. Instead off copper tube, why not use pre made poly water supplies? with compression ends. you know, nylon braided supplies. Oatey makes them with a non metal braiding. LOL off topic on the original post:rolleyes: