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Ok so you all see my SIG rig, do you think i will get any better temps if i buy a massive fish tank fill it with mineral oil and throw my system in it?

http://internetsiao.com/pc-cooled-in-an-oil-submerged-aquarium/

Mineral_Oil_Submerged_Computer_1.jpg

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtufuXLvOok[/ame]

Even better question what do you think could go wrong?

Is it a bad idea?
Edited by Jump3r - 3/17/11 at 11:16pm
 
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Its cool, but I think its something you should only do if you really really want to experiment with mineral oil cooling, I say its too messy and not worth the trouble of building a custom PC case for it and yeah its just messy(me personally I like tinkering with my PC and having oil all over it just makes it a mess for me to touch)
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For the cost of the mineral oil you would need, and a fish tank that big you could buy a fairly nice water loop, also the down side of supmerged pc's is the heat tends to just build up and up. You would be fine for a while but if you gamed on it after an hour or so you would need to shut the pc down and let the oil cool off. Its a awesome idea, it looks kool, but it just doesnt work as good as youd expect
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Originally Posted by Kal777;12775185 
For the cost of the mineral oil you would need, and a fish tank that big you could buy a fairly nice water loop, also the down side of supmerged pc's is the heat tends to just build up and up. You would be fine for a while but if you gamed on it after an hour or so you would need to shut the pc down and let the oil cool off. Its a awesome idea, it looks kool, but it just doesnt work as good as youd expect

v3 has full load ~60c, not bad for that hardware I think.
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post #5 of 24
Probably won't really get any cooler once the system has been running for a little while. Oil cooling would be more of a fun thing to try rather than a practical solution.

Just realize that once you submerge your stuff, it's pretty much SOL after that--like, you'll never be able to de-oil-ify them.
    
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Pretty sure you will get better temps by how much i'm not to sure. but Dont stake what you cant afford to lose. that would be my advise, I've seen a few threads about this type of system cooling, My only concern would be maintenance not entirely sure if it will degrade over time or whatever and most likely voiding warranty's. Just don't put your HDD's in the liquid that's for sure.

It would be pretty cool to have if you pulled it off, I had considered building one with some crappy old hardware laying around, but haven't had the time.

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Hmm yeah iv been doing more reading and temps still might be a problem, i might just have to go to liquid.

Just dammit though, it would have been the cheap option. rather than buying waterblocks and pumps and radiators and rear mounting a system

Meh if i build a new system this SIG rig is going in a mineral oil tank.
 
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I was going to come in this thread and be like "What the hell is wrong with you man???". I didn't know such a thing existed!!

If you think it is a good idea, go for it! However, I doubt you will ever be able to use those components outside the oil again, so it is a big desicion. I would put a $200 rig in it to see if you like it, then go with your main rig.
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You can do this with vegetable oil as a cheaper alternative. smile.gif
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by EpicPie;12775302 
You can do this with vegetable oil as a cheaper alternative. smile.gif

Wouldn't that go bad rather quickly?
    
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