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Biggest advantage I see is, is that the oil will cool everything. The CPU/GPU and North/South bridges obviously produce the most heat, but all the small parts and pieces will be cooled better than with air. Which might result in better OCing.

But like others said, the oil will only absorb so much heat before its temperature reaches an unusable level. But if you are not folding, crunching, or long hours of gaming, you should be alright without radiators and pumps. But if you are planning on folding 24/7, you will probably need them

Or just a large fish tank.

I was going to do this a few years ago with my sig rig. However I just put that project off due to lack of funds for the mineral oil (80$ for 5gal is pretty expensive) And for what I wanted to do it would have needed about 10-15 gallons lol.

Also, I believe the oil starts to break down around 120c, don't quote me on that because I'm not certain, however I'm fairly certain it's quite a bit higher then water is.
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No. No you don't. Just need a way to move the oil around ie: fans.
You still need to cool the oil. For a high end system passive cooling alone wont cut it. Have a look at the Puget Systems site, for high end PCs their enclosure includes a rather large rad (Magicool 1080 no less).

Because oil is more viscous than water and therefore harder to pump the system also includes two DDC 3.2s (MCP355 / PMP-400) just to pump through a fairly non-restrictive rad. No blocks at all.


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One disadvantage is that it will not cool the components that actually benefit as well. Who cares if your audio chip is 5C cooler when your CPU is 10C warmer?
This.

There are lots of issues which make this more of a novelty than a practical system.

One other problem that they mentioned is liquid creep. Oil will slowly work it's way through any cable submerged in the oil to the end. Basically your mouse will start to leave oil on your desk.

This can be solved by breaking the suction at any point, basically make sure that there is a plug in the cable which is not submerged.
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One disadvantage is that it will not cool the components that actually benefit as well. Who cares if your audio chip is 5C cooler when your CPU is 10C warmer?
But if you can run the cpu at .5ghz faster at that +10c higher then you can on air... WINNING!!!!
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