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Hi. I have searched a little but haven't found much (pardon me if I missed and should have used the search engine further).



How good will it cool? Better than fans so all fans can be taken out even when OCing or not?
Or should some fans be kept? CPU, PSU?

Any other pros? Except for soundless ;p

If anyone can explain this simple I'd appreciate that.

Thanks
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I know it has a very high cooling factor, although I'm not sure it could chill your CPU properly under OC. I saw a video time ago, the guy kept only the fan on the CPU.
Of course PSU and Optical Drivers must stay out of oil =)
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I know it has a very high cooling factor, although I'm not sure it could chill your CPU properly under OC. I saw a video time ago, the guy kept only the fan on the CPU.
Of course PSU and Optical Drivers must stay out of oil =)
im pretty sure psu can go in.
     
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I would stick to air cooling.

I heard that mineral oil will eventually heat up after some time and become pretty hot. The only thing you can do then, is to shut down your PC and wait until the oil has cooled down.
    
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You'd probably need to run the mineral oil through a radiator so it can dissipate some heat, otherwise it'll just heat up and get eventually get hot. AFAIK you don't want any fans in the oil because they aren't made to work that hard, other than that you don't want optical or hard drives in the oil but everything else should be fine.
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im pretty sure psu can go in.
I guess not... It surely needs a cooling fan to drop the temps properly.
Check out this video (also for Nikkopo )

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Hi. I have searched a little but haven't found much (pardon me if I missed and should have used the search engine further).



How good will it cool? Better than fans so all fans can be taken out even when OCing or not?
Or should some fans be kept? CPU, PSU?

Any other pros? Except for soundless ;p

If anyone can explain this simple I'd appreciate that.

Thanks
Hi,

I've built a mineral oil PC using the parts in my sig rig (I'm typing from it right now!).

Despite common belief, the fans can be left where they are. The fans don't "burn out" in the oil. My fans are spinning quite nicely actually, albeit slower. My only recommendation is that you turn the fan speeds to max: it's better that the fans are moving, rather than going to slow and coming to a dead stop. In my mind, that would be the point they burned out. Don't believe me? Grab a fan blade for a few seconds and see what kind of nasty smells arise after a few seconds.

I'll echo what everyone else has said and recommend that you get a cheap aquarium pump and a radiator. I have a 400GPH pump I ripped off of a water fountain (retails for about $30-$40) and a big heatercore from Pep Boys ($25). Throw in some braided vinyl tubing (about $0.50/foot) and you're good to go. You can run a mineral oil PC without a radiator, but be aware that the temperatures will rise over time. This is not so much of a problem if you're running an Intel processor (I believe most have a maximum temperature of 100c) but is a concern if you run AMD like me (maximum recommended temperature is 62c on my chip). Another recommendation is that you use Cool 'n' Quiet/Speedstep. No sense heating the oil up at max frequency when all you might be doing is surfing the web. Let the processor scale up during an encoding process or while playing a game, but keep her cool otherwise.

All in all, I'm very happy with my mineral oil set up. I was able to eek out another 200Mhz out of my processor, and the computer runs dead silent (at least if I turn off the optional fans on my radiator!).

Let me know if you have any more questions!
    
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