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Old 09-24-2010, 09:17 AM
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Thanks for the link. Holy crap that stuff's expensive. There must be a way to get it in bulk cause at 2.43 an ounce it will cost about $800 dollars to fill the tank.
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You said something about the fans giving out... I have seen a few that didn't have any fans at all. The oil did all the 'heat-wicking'. It's like putting a heat sink on your CPU, same concept only on a much bigger scale. And that refrigerant oil... wow... $17 a bottle!! You could buy a new PC with what it'll take to fill an aquarium!

Also, not sure if you considered this, but I do believe that the hard drive needs to stay out of the oil. I think I remember reading that they fail very quickly due to the fragile arm inside the case (that reads the data) having too much resistance. You could probably seal it though I would think.
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You said something about the fans giving out... I have seen a few that didn't have any fans at all. The oil did all the 'heat-wicking'. It's like putting a heat sink on your CPU, same concept only on a much bigger scale.
Yeah, that was kind of my point. People act like you just dunk the PC and that's it. There needs to be more though into the best way to cool the part and cool the oil. PC fans are designed to move air. If you want to move liquid you want a pump.

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Also, not sure if you considered this, but I do believe that the hard drive needs to stay out of the oil. I think I remember reading that they fail very quickly due to the fragile arm inside the case (that reads the data) having too much resistance. You could probably seal it though I would think.
I wouldn't submerge a drive. They actually have a small hol ein their case to allow air presure to equilibrate with the atmosphere. As a result, sealing them to keep out oil would defeat that feature and also cause premature failure. The only HDD you can submerge is a solid state drive, but those are still to expensive to be practical.



On another note. I think pretty much any dielectric oil would work here. Mineral oil has a lot of parrafin in it and will gel if it get's too cold, but witht he PC in that shouldn't be a worry. It also has the lowest visocity of any reasonably priced dielectric oil I've found. I just thought there might be other options I hadent thought of.

I still think a good pump and a transmission radiator is going to be the best way to cool the oil.
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