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I was wondering, after thinking about submerged computers, and how the mineral oil is non conductive, although I'm not crazy enough to go and put my computer in a bucket of the stuff, I was wondering if the Mineral Oil would be a good alternative to Distilled water in a liquid cooling system, How would it effect how hard the pump was working? Bacteria growth? Corrosion? Anything else, as I really don't want to have to run conductive materials in my system, and I know that pure water isn't conductive, and distilled water isn't that conductive either, It still makes me nervous.
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http://www.overclockers.com/pc-water...mistry-part-i/
http://www.overclockers.com/pc-water...istry-part-ii/

The viscosity of the oil would probably murder the pump. The best coolant is still distilled water. Someone already did all the homework and testing.

I still think the best combo is:

Distilled Water + PT Nuke/Water Wetter + Silver Kill Coil

But don't be afraid to try though, let us know your results if you do attempt to try it.
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I believe Mineral Oil is not corrosive. In fact, I think it acts as a corrosion inhibitor
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No pants comment this time PanicProne? I'm disappointed.

Mineral oil will work but not as well as water. The reason is that it has a lower Specific Heat Capacity (SHC). The SHC determines the amount of energy that a substance can absorb for a given temperature rise. In PC water cooling you want the liquid to maintain a low temperature whilst absorbing all the energy, therefore a high SHC is better.

Mineral Oil is used where submersion of electrical components in the liquid is required, such as a fully submerged PC or high voltage electrical equipment, as it does not conduct electricity.
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No pants comment this time PanicProne? I'm disappointed.

Mineral oil will work but not as well as water. The reason is that it has a lower Specific Heat Capacity (SHC). The SHC determines the amount of energy that a substance can absorb for a given temperature rise. In PC water cooling you want the liquid to maintain a low temperature whilst absorbing all the energy, therefore a high SHC is better.

Mineral Oil is used where submersion of electrical components in the liquid is required, such as a fully submerged PC or high voltage electrical equipment, as it does not conduct electricity.
Oh man, I totally forgot about that
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Yeah, I'll read up on those articles, and hell I might even try it myself, and If I do I'll let you know how it goes But that wont be for a month or maybe 2 from now, as I'm broke
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There are mineral builds out there but they generally involve computer aquariums. Here is one of a 6600 build

Its pretty cool but I would think that you would want some sort of chiller other temps may get a bit hot. I would not use mineral oil anywhere but a fully submerged pc due to the viscosity.
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Yeah I've seen that vid before, that's what got me wondering about using that instead of water in a whole system, ahh whatever, I might try it one day.

Although a little off topic, I was wondering about full coverage GPU waterblocks, are they really worth the $120, or whatever they're going for now days? or would a regular VGA water block suffice?
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Although a little off topic, I was wondering about full coverage GPU waterblocks, are they really worth the $120, or whatever they're going for now days? or would a regular VGA water block suffice?
Full cover:

Advantages:
Looks good.
Cools ram and MOSFETS.
Easier to plumb in multiple cards.
Adds at least 1" to your e-peen per block.

Disadvantages:
Costly.
Not reusable.


GPU only (universal) blocks:

Advantages:
Reusable.
Better core temps.
Cheaper.

Disadvantages:
Need to cool Ram / MOSFETS separately.
Can be harder to plumb in multiple GPUs.
Less e-peen.

Whether you can get a better OC on full cover vs GPU only blocks is a bit iffy, yes the FC block will cool the MOSFETS better, potentially allowing more voltage, but will it make a difference? Probably depends on your individual card.

Worth and value are things that only you can decide.
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I would get some plastic fish to put in there
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