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    Cooling a PC by submerging in vegetable oil?

    just seen this:

    http://www.hackaday.com/entry/1234000287041976/

    Whaddya think? seems strange to me and something I'd have never thought of.
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    Sounds about right.

    Oil has nil conductive properties for electricty so can't short out.
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    wouldnt this be dangerous you could end up with fried chips ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coco
    wouldnt this be dangerous you could end up with fried chips ?
    Oh dear, british humour...

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    Wouldnt want to put a psu in oil..
    dont think hdd's like oil either...
    Last edited by SilentDeath; 09-07-2005 at 10:40 PM.

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    how about mineral oil, here is a picture http://www.yourcomputerminute.com/20...f-mineral-oil/

    You could even use a mini freezer or a ice cream freezer filled with oil for even better overclocking, although most freezers engines only work upright. Like that you could have the whole PC in a freezer with the mainboard in the oil hard drives and things on a shelf higher up. you would probably look for a high rated freezer that can go to -25 or something) right that's it I am shopping for freezers.
    Last edited by prehensile; 10-07-2005 at 05:23 PM.

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    What an experiment! Looks like everything but the drives and power supply are in the tank.
    The PSU is in there. I honestly don't believe that... it's ridiculous.

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    There is a fluid used for cooling large power transformers that can be used for complete submersive cooling.
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    PSUs work in oil. HDDs won't so they'd have to be outside it. Mineral oil is a much better choice than vegetable as it's less likely to go rancid.

    Freezer won't work, you'll burn out the compressor.

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    Upgrades must be a bit messy.
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    How about changing CDs then

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    Quote Originally Posted by viet_cong_zombi
    How about changing CDs then
    The drives are out of the oil

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    A very interesting idea it has to be said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by viet cong zombi
    how about mineral oil, here is a picture http://www.yourcomputerminute.com/20...f-mineral-oil/

    You could even use a mini freezer or a ice cream freezer filled with oil for even better overclocking, although most freezers engines only work upright. Like that you could have the whole PC in a freezer with the mainboard in the oil hard drives and things on a shelf higher up. you would probably look for a high rated freezer that can go to -25 or something) right that's it I am shopping for freezers.
    I don't think a freezer would be much use, they are designed to keep things at a constant temperature and tend to struggle when they have to fight against heat being put into the system rather than just cooling over the ambient air temp

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    phase change is loosely based on the basis of a fridge/freezer compressor.... I think

    Otherwise use a peltier thing, like in mini fridges

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