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Take a look at this! I saw it a few months ago, but still frickin' awesome!
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I've seen that done a few times; it is called "Immersion Cooling"

Usually involves dunking components in a dielectric fluid (such as oil). The oil acts as a large heatsink and pulls heat away from the sources

Note that if you use cooking oil, it will probably go rancid after a few weeks. You best use minerial oil (I heard you can also use hydraulic fluid) as the coolent.

Mineral oil is often used to cool the transformers you see on telephone poles.

I don't know where I can order mineral oil but I remember Sam's Club sells hydraulic fluid in 5 gallon drums.
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WOW, I was never thought it would work, or even that well.
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just make sure that the hdd's and cdr's and such stay out of the oil
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Are you sure because the hd and cd drives can use the extra greasing.
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I'm trying it tomorrow with my old HP P3!
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Just make sure it has sensors so you can tell the temps.
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Are you sure because the hd and cd drives can use the extra greasing.
lmao ok sure thing but can you say data coruption
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post #9 of 22
maybe if they circulated the oil a little, they might get better results
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I would love to see this done again, with the PSU inside the oil, a seperate enclosure for the CD and hard drive.

But with a twist! How bout water cooling the oil? This would not only fix the problem of the oil heating up, but would also give the entire system some extra cooling.

Unfortunately, I do not know much about WCing, so I woul presume the pump + radiator would have to be outside of the oil, but its just an idea.

Thanks, NiK
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