Mineral Oil Aquarium PC Now Allows EATX Mobos

Looking to build a wacky new rig to leave your pals in awe? Wanting something other than the standard chassis? Puget Systems has released a new version of its Aquarium PC DIY kit, allowing system builders to construct a mineral oil-cooled rig within a 10-gallon aquarium.

According to Puget, Aquarium PC V3 is a big improvement over the previous kit, now allowing for full EATX motherboards. The larger system also provides enough space for the builder to mount the power supply on the motherboard tray itself, making it easier to maintain the PC. Puget said that it even has twice the cooling power than seen with V2.

But how does this setup work? "The cooling module pumps the mineral oil through an external radiator, which provides excellent and quiet cooling," Puget said. "We have verified adequate cooling with the most extreme hardware on the market at the time we built our test system."

The test system included dual Intel Xeon X5677 CPUs, 12GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, and dual ATI 5870 video cards.

Puget also provides a warning on the kit's product page, claiming that--in addition to voiding the warranty--mineral oil is very difficult (if not impossible) to clean from the components once they're submerged. System builders wanting to take the chance will need $671.46 to get started. For more information, head here.

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  • loomis86
    wotan31Guess you've never heard of condensation before, eh? Your idea will fail miserably. Engineering is definitely not your subject, lol.

    it is my subject.

    And no, condensation occurs only on surfaces EXPOSED TO AIR. Submerging in oil solves that problem. I can't believe I even wasted time responding your post.
  • Anonymous
    Uhh, you wanna explain how water is going to condense when there isn't any water to condense in the first place? If you submerge something cold as hell into a tank full of oil, there is no water in that oil, and therefore no water can condense on the cold object.

    I would learn some basic chemistry before I start bashing someone about their engineering potential there wotan.

    And as long as you kept the temp above freezing point of mineral oil.. Something like -30 degrees F then it should be fine.
  • azcoyote
    $671.46? That had better come with a drain basket and a frozen bag of Jalapeño poppers.
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  • shadow187
    The first review on the HD5970 Sapphire Edition 4GB on Newegg stated something about submerging in mineral oil. I didn't believe it.

    Gotta love what Enthusiasts will do.
  • azcoyote
    $671.46? That had better come with a drain basket and a frozen bag of Jalapeño poppers.
  • loomis86
    Good idea.

    However I think they are going about cooling totally backwards. I would take a freon unit from an old drinking fountain and submerge the evaporating coil in the aquarium. Then circulate the oil around in the tank. Use two drinking fountain units if necessary, and try to keep the aquarium oil below room temp. Then overclock the p!ss out of it.