Coolest PC Rig, In More Than One Way!

October 29, 2008

So I’m cruzin’ through my daily heap of computer related news and gadgetry when I come across Andy Salisbury’s article on MaxPC’s news feed about a computer completely submerged in mineral oil.

Ok, ok…so this isn’t really NEW news; many of you have heard about tech heads playing with concept for awhile now, but this is the first time I’ve seen the YouTube video and been offered a way to buy a DIY kit from the nutz…er…I mean geniuses at Puget Systems!

Here’s a shameless plug right off the website J : “By offering these DIY kits, we are saving you very large amounts of time spent on research, ordering, and mistakes. The end cost of the project is much lower, because you can get in the right parts, the first time. Since we are ordering in the parts in bulk, we are able to get the parts cheaper, which allow us to make the margin we need to fund the project, while continuing to offer them at a lower price than you’d get if ordering them one at a time from various sources. It’s a win for everyone! We are offering the kit in two separate modules: the main aquarium module, and a cooling module. We also offer all the components for sale individually on our parts store.”

Ok, so as cool as this is (no pun intended) you need to know that utilizing this kit will void your warranty; and, the peeps at Puget being the upstanding citizens that they are, point it out clearly with this warning on their website: “Submerging your hardware in mineral oil will void your warranty. Do this project only at your own risk. Puget Systems is not liable for any hardware problems or damage to your personal property. Mineral oil is very difficult, if not impossible, to clean from your components once they are submerged.”

With that being said, you should also know that Puget claims to have been running a system for over a year in mineral oil, without any ill effects.

But WHY would someone WANT to do this? Cuz its COOL!

Not just cool LOOKING, Puget has set up everything from a cheap-o experimental rig up to the newer system in the video, to run at the fastest speeds possible and have maintained an uber cool, practically noise-free (those darn bubblers are loud, don’tcha know! LOL). And even more recently, they’ve tossed an overclocked Intel QX9770 into this oil bath and kept it at well under 50c! (click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page)

I’ll be following the progress and changes that this crew puts into place as new tech comes out and will be sure to update you as well!

Tech On!