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A project I wanted to start myself.

Discussion in Hardware Hangout started by Clam Chowder, Feb 4, 2011

  1. Nov 29, 2010
    Make an aquarium computer. Not joking either.

  2. Dec 7, 2010
    I thought about making one 7 years ago, but found that that its not very cooling efficient. You have lots of problems with wicking of the mineral oil from the cables and there is no good radiator out there that will cool the mineral oil. Once the oil heats up inside the aquarium tank, it typically stays very hot.

    You are much better off using a water block/radiator combined with blower fans inside to cool the components. You will find that this is far better than mineral oil submergence.
  3. Nov 30, 2010
    While I was watching the video I had the same question about the cooling and how efficient it would be with the mineral oil. Guess you answered that one. Still looks pretty cool though.
  4. Nov 29, 2010
    If you googled and read results from this test from THAT computer, it clocked in at 80 after 12 hours on load. Once they stuck a radiator to it, it clocked in only at 40-60
  5. Dec 4, 2010
    Very interesting but do yu know hwo you could make this realistic ?
  6. Nov 29, 2010
    Buy an aquarium, get random computer parts, put into tank, wire up all components together, find a few radiators, place behind tank buy a pump to circulate the oil.

    Mineral oil apparently is a really good coolant, you just need something to dissapate the heat
  7. Dec 4, 2010
    Yes but water+wiring=OH FUCK. You we need to cover the part somhow mybe tubing? Then the water will pump around the tubing thus not messing up the computer.
  8. Nov 29, 2010
    Like I said. Mineral oil. It's non-conductive, it doesn't short out the computer. Cables are nothing to worry about.
  9. Nov 29, 2010
    If you guys actually googled it, that computer is still running and they had it running for 4+ years
  10. Nov 30, 2010
    niiiiice. so it's also a time machine.
  11. Sep 21, 2008
    Seems "cool" but not very practical. I would rather have 9001 fans in my computer. If you want to make your computer look nice, you can put led fans in it.

    Side note, my pc which I don't use atm since I use a laptop, has so many fans in it that if one fan is too strong, it will affect the fan speed of another fan adjacent to it.
  12. Nov 29, 2010
    Not practical yes. But would be fun to pull off with just spare parts
  13. Dec 7, 2010
    I was actually thinking of building back then a mineral oil filled computer waterfall or fountain. The act of a waterfall would cool the mineral oil as would a fountain. But I decided against it since it would make a mess and you would need lots of real estate to make it happen. But can't you just imagine it? Computer waterfall, possibly some computer driven lighting effects? :razz:
  14. Nov 29, 2010
    Hahahah, If I could, I'd add a zen fountain at the top of the box just to show off =P
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  16. Mar 26, 2009
    That's not entirely true. Mineral oil creates a capacitance between leads on the CPU and other AISCs, though it's only of concern really on the CPU/NB/SB. You need to use something like silicone caulk around the base of the CPU (and behind the board if they're through-hole) so the pins and contacts under the CPU aren't subject to contact with the oil.