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Okay, now I'm 99.99% sure this has already been talked about before... but google-ing won't find me any thread discussions on it (that's what it all comes down to for a buyer ).

Here's the video if you haven't seen it.


First thing that comes to mind for me is the stress it could put on your fans from the viscosity of the oil unless I'm wrong and it's totally safe.
Furthermore, I heard some people also use vegetable oil as a cheaper alternative. I'll personally (and probably) never do this... but for those out there with the money to blow and the time to kill, this seems like a fun project. I'm just saying that because I'd like to hear thoughts on it first hand.

So you'd have to get all oily anytime you want to play around with one of your many components? Or actually you'd probably have to drain it out first but still, seems like a hassle. And how much better is it really from a really well liquid cooled setup (with conventional pump & radiator)?

So is it really worth the impracticality?
Edited by EscapeartisT - 2/19/11 at 9:14am
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your temps will be alot worse then a real WC loop, but mineral oil PC's are compretly silent
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This has been posted before. Not worth it.
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One you submerged it, don't expect to upgrade on it again lol
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I thought the temps were lower than a full WC loop if you added a rad to chill the oil. At least that's what I thought anyway. Could be wrong.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ShortySmalls View Post
your temps will be alot worse then a real WC loop, but mineral oil PC's are compretly silent
Then, if all else fails, ADD LIQUID NITROGEN.

Okay, jokes aside... Do you think there will be market potential in the future for these kinds of systems? ATM only amateurs and DIY-ers are tackling this idea... But what about a large name brands? I don't know, maybe fans can be "optimized" into propellers, state-of-the-art Liquid nitro incorporation, and premium heat dissipation via radiator. Do you think a WC loop would still hold its ground? *convenience aside

EDIT: Wait, will the Liquid nitro evaporate with time, or is it impossible to incorporate it without having to refill it every few minutes... I know it evaporates, and the only way to stop that would be to contain it... And that leads to pressure, and eventually explosion. That'll the day when people can actually rightfully say "YOOR COMP WIL ESSPLOADDDD1!!"
Edited by EscapeartisT - 2/19/11 at 9:28am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by EscapeartisT View Post
Then, if all else fails, ADD LIQUID NITROGEN.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xToqhruoqqQ

Okay, jokes aside... Do you think there will be market potential in the future for these kinds of systems? ATM only amateurs and DIY-ers are tackling this idea... But what about a large name brands? I don't know, maybe fans can be "optimized" into propellers, state-of-the-art Liquid nitro incorporation, and premium heat dissipation via radiator. Do you think a WC loop would still hold its ground? *convenience aside
The major stumbling block that has already been pointed out is that components can't be change once they've been submerged.
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Heres a user that put his rig into an oil bath. Pretty cool, but not the greatest cooling. But, it does cool all of the componets down, rather than just what you have a waterblock on.

http://www.overclock.net/other-cooli...ubmersion.html

There is another one that uses a liquid that boils at just above room temps. It looks even cooler, but is expensive as hell. Heres the link to that.

http://www.overclock.net/technology-...onductive.html
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wow, goodtobeking, the second one is super cool. The bubbles are bubbles of heat coming off the components!

But the first one you sent says that once your system is submerged, it can't be used again if resurfaced? Why is that? I mean, back to basics, the whole reason I have a PC is so I can custom tailor it when hardware is outdated. Not being able to customize it anymore is like switching to mac, essentially. I don't get why you can't drain the aquarium, take the mobo out and let it drip off, then swap out your GPU or throw in another stick of ram.
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