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OP did you get any low temp tests done?

I am wondering if the Mineral Oil congealed at all if it ever went below 10'c that would be my concern.
Then I guess you could put a heater in it to keep it above that point.

Haha you need a heater for subzero cooling, that is just funny.
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I've got a decent mineral oil setup that has been running for about 3 months, unfortunately the psu died a few days ago (due to oil or not I am not sure, broke out the volt meter and everything looked ok... hmm).

submergedpc

I am in the middle of a major update to the case, got 2 more heater cores and mounting them to the case along with various other upgrades... will update the blog later today probably...

When it was running, AMD Phenom 2 x2 555 + ATI 4890, it was running fair, oil temps never getting past 43C under load, and taking hours to reach it. I am also switching to waterblocks instead of normal heat-sinks, hoping to see improved temps.
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sounds good i`ll keep an eye out for your updates thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by RedShades View Post

I've got a decent mineral oil setup that has been running for about 3 months, unfortunately the psu died a few days ago (due to oil or not I am not sure, broke out the volt meter and everything looked ok... hmm).

submergedpc

I am in the middle of a major update to the case, got 2 more heater cores and mounting them to the case along with various other upgrades... will update the blog later today probably...

When it was running, AMD Phenom 2 x2 555 + ATI 4890, it was running fair, oil temps never getting past 43C under load, and taking hours to reach it. I am also switching to waterblocks instead of normal heat-sinks, hoping to see improved temps.

Running waterblocks would be worse than running the stock air heatsinks. The waterblocks wouldn't make enough surface area to transfer heat away from the component quickly enough
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Running waterblocks would be worse than running the stock air heatsinks. The waterblocks wouldn't make enough surface area to transfer heat away from the component quickly enough

Hardly, if you put the blocks in the loop so it goes, case oil > pump > gpu > processor > radiators > case oil

As a matter of fact I'm expecting to see quite an improvement because the heat from the cpu+gpu is being dealt with directly so it doesn't have a chance to heat up the rest of the oil.
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<<< gets creative and just builds a system inside a bar fridge lol
    
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Haha the mythical pc in a fridge... an idea as old as computers to be sure.
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A few updates...

submergedpc

I don't mean to hijack this thread with my updates, just thought you guys might be interested since you were talking about it and I've done tons of research in this area along with my modest attempt at it...

Thanks,
RedShades
post #29 of 46
Have any of you looked at the Puget Systems Aquariums for mineral oil submerging? Are they any good? Worth the price?

Here's a link my friend is looking at: http://www.pugetsystems.com/store/item.php?cat=Aquarium+Computer+Parts&id=7716&com=d41d8cd9&que=
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post #30 of 46
Yes, I looked at Puget Systems stuff briefly however at those prices the idea was quickly dismissed... plus I'm not too keen on the whole rounded look that the aquariums give the system.

Unfortunately your only other alternative is to buy or build your own 'aquarium'.

Also, you can't forget the cost of the oil, at $15 a gallon (I was only able to find mine for $17...) times however large the tank is... looks like 12 gallons minus whatever is displaced by components, likely to be about 10 gallons in the end. That's another $150 (at least).

So you are now up to $750.


If you go the 'build your own' route, like I did, things are much much easier on the wallet.

I'm going to estimate I've put $400 into my case so far, shown below...
($125 for acrylic, $100 for pump, $75 for oil, $100 for radiators/fittings/tubing)

450
Drying by the fireplace after washing it off

Now, obviously if you want to make a bigger case gotta throw more $$ for acrylic and oil (mine only holds ~3 gallons of oil and mATX motherboards)

The do it yourself way takes a lot of time, but I've had tons of fun with mine so I can't not recommend it smile.gif
Edited by RedShades - 11/30/11 at 3:36pm
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