Cool-ing your computer

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+38 1. kainim commented 14 years ago

i was waiting for them to put a fish in it
(yes I know it's oil, but you get my drift)
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-13 2. lillylollylilly commented 14 years ago

Now I'll just upgrade my RAM/CPU/Graphics Card/HDD. Oh dear... :-/ messy....

Utterly stupid. Their next vid will illustrate how you can completely immerse your PC in concrete.
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+4 3. raf-wezig commented 14 years ago

Very irritating music...
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+17 4. karl_os commented 14 years ago

#3, Irritating music is what you get when you use a laxative to cool your system... >:)

Now seriously: I would have expected them to use a more scientific approach... how good does it cool your system? What do you do when you try to plug in usb devices? just because it is not water it does not mean the components will -in time- hold better... "oh, there goes the ram floating again, let me fix it".

Guess is a very cheap way to make your customers not to touch the computer internals... last question is: do they face any floating point issues? :D
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+9 5. Chrisofskjern commented 14 years ago

Its a good solution for silent computers... but be warned. Mineral oil as cooling is EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE!!

Its cool because its completely clear like water and its non conductive. So if you can afford to fill it into a small aquarium and submerge your hardware into it... ofcourse it looks cool but will you pay the price?

Also if you want to use this solution you will most likely never be able to clean your parts.

A cheap alternative is ordinary cooking oil. It has the same features as mineral oil. BUT... It wont look as cool as the clear mineral oil but its like 10 times cheaper. So if you just want a silent solution. go for cooking oil.
if you can afford it. go mineral... and if you dont care... go watercooling
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+3 6. Dokandre commented 14 years ago

#4 i had found a video that was explaining a bit more, but it was about 10 minutes, so i thought that if i had submit that one people would find it boring halfway through. yes, because at least 2 minutes of the vid is 3 people filling a tank with oil.

one thing they explained is that the CD-ROM drives should not be in the oil, aswell as the hard drive, and keeping the plugs out will help aswell :p

video here:
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0 7. NathaneM commented 14 years ago

Mineral Oil is very expensive, I'll still to mine - a block of ice near to it. :)
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-1 8. firest4rter commented 14 years ago

pimp my pc
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+7 9. MoT commented 14 years ago

Is there any use for the fan at all..?
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+2 10. Voutelamberopipi commented 14 years ago

accidents WILL happen, trust me.
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+2 11. Daire commented 14 years ago

You can do it with Vegetable Oil as well, works just as good 8-)
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+3 12. dogfish commented 14 years ago

nice Ubuntu advertisement :D
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+1 13. max2000 commented 14 years ago

#6 the submerged mobo config in your pointed out youtube is a made in taiwan Q1 1999 Tekram 440BX mobo, with a slot I Deschutes PII 512kb chache running at 550Mhz, that used to be indeed noisy, especially since the indroduction of those 300Watt power supplies to make it running. it was a marketing issue on how to prevent scare the potential buyiers from aquiring a fridge in their dorm:) note: Taiwan was about to become SAR China, and Tekram Industries was amongs the only exporters of mostly server oriented chasis, ie. dual xeon and dual deschutes, up to six sdram 100-133mhz DIMMs, and even exotic dual slot I for celeron mendocino, while power supply of 300-350watt. o tempora, o mores, max.
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-3 14. meekahoo commented 14 years ago

when does it explode?
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0 15. bud commented 14 years ago

8-) Cool clip Dokandre, cheers on the link too mate.
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0 16. montypython commented 14 years ago

Great! Now I don't have to get up to soak my cuticles . . .
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-1 17. irishgek commented 14 years ago

#5 not true Deionized water is not conductive and can with a very clean mobo can run for up to hours depending on were it is , just as useless as that idea on the video, but for fun get old mobo old psu short the fuses in the psu so it wont blow straight away put it distilled water and wait till its up and running throw in a hand full of salt see what happens

Besides my amd here is silent and my mobo is on a desk with out even a case around it modern fans are so quiet (well not unless you cheap on the fan)
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-1 18. eNdEmiOn06463 commented 14 years ago

I wonder how long you can keep it running before it gets overheated, it is after all concealed area.
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+1 19. Bahira commented 14 years ago

OMG how crazy i have this basic setup. This has been around for years. And you can run this thing forever!!
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0 20. wayomayo commented 14 years ago

WHAT NO FISH!!!! :D :D :D You can blow this you can blow that!
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+2 21. Tehrasha commented 14 years ago

#5, #11, Cooking oil will break down and go rancid over time, mineral oil will not.

What I never hear about with these immersed computers is how well are they running 6 months later? Electrolytic capacitors need to 'breathe' under normal operation. Sinking them in oil is probably not listed in their design specs.
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+2 22. Rambo commented 14 years ago

Any fans in that system will wear out. Notice how the speed of them dropped dramatically they are not made to be pushing the viscosity of mineral oil compared to air.

If there were components designed to be submerged that would be very cool!!
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+3 23. blacklama commented 14 years ago

A friend of mine did this but he encountered several problems: big fans didn't run at all, he had to stick with 40 mm to 60 mm ones.

The HDD must not be submerged, cause the read/write parts float on a cushion of air - the pressure doesn't build up due to heat, because there is a membrane/hole which allows air to move through. So one of the biggest noise makers has to stay out of the liquid.

Capillary action will occur in any cable. Sooner or later your desk is dripping with liquid (from the tank, not from surfing pron).

It's a fun idea to do with old hardware, but totally impractical for everyday use.
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0 24. Bdubb commented 14 years ago

#3 look up the video and you'll think different, Weapon of Choice by Fatboy Slim!
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0 25. cadav3r commented 14 years ago

u ppl r noobs. the mineral oil is the obvious choice. the oil would always be good, whereas the vegetable oil would go rancid.
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0 26. GH23 commented 14 years ago

Why even put the fan in there?
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0 27. Scotsman50 commented 6 years ago

How technology has moved on since this was posted. The computer looks like it came out the stone age now.