Originally Posted by Nikkopo
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.
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!