Apologies if any of these have been answered. I did read the stickys.
1) Dielectric grease: you put it on the CPU socket where the pins go? Doesn't that kill the electrical path between the pins and the board?
2) It seems to me that condensation is the big problem. It certainly was when water killed my board AND my CPU a few years ago. Yet insulation feels, I dunno... kludgy. Omaryunus' insulation guide was fascinating, but his board looked like a Rube Goldberg invention, with crap all stuck to it. I feel that if I tried it, I'd kill the board somehow even before I plugged in the PS.
Has anyone thought of stopping condensation by blowing air, possibly warm air, on the board?
There's got to be an elegant way to prevent condensation. Something like suck all the water from the air before it gets to your CPU, or put the board in a cold ambient environment. Something. In the winter, I put my entire PC outdoors. Subzero air blown onto a heatsink really, really works. (The fact that I live in a tent outdoors helped). Has anyone tried putting the whole thing in a small food freezer the size of a dorm fridge?
I even ran my board upside down for a while and let the water drip off onto a towel, but because I don't use a case, the graphics card kept threatening to fall out and so I chickened out. Has anyone else tried that, but with a case? I never considered that the back of the board might condense water, and it never did.
3) There used to be an outfit (cooler master?) that made preassembled TEC cooler solutions. I had one and it was really slick. It was factory sealed. 4 large TECs were strapped to a big radiator, and they had a water sleeve on the cold side.
When the coolant level dropped because of black magic or dark side Jedi force or something, I stupidly threw it away since it wasn't fillable. Then I discovered they don't make them anymore.
How come? Surely there's a market for them.
4) Does anyone make them, other than that underpowered little thing they sell at newegg that doesn't even use water?
5) What's the story (or even the model number) of the Asus(?) MB that's waterproof? THAT would be an elegant solution.
6) Has anyone tried sinking their entire system in nonconductive liquid, like the Cray-2 did?
Getting serious cold is easy. I even have a little window A/C unit just for cooling my CPU, if I can ever figure out how to make it interface with the PC. The only insurmountable problem, I think, is condensation.
I have deja vu that I may have asked some of these questions before. I'll check. I think I have the early alzhiemer's.
Edited by FayeKane - 6/26/13 at 7:10am