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« on: January 10, 2006, 02:54:46 AM »

I wasn't quite sure where to put this, so into Off-Topic it goes. Move away, mods, if this is better in Hardware Help or something. biggrin

Ever wanted to cool down your system and shock your friends? Just build yourself a fully sealed case and dump in 8 gallons of cooking oil.

Yes, you heard that right:

http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/01/09/strip_out_the_fans/

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Common sense dictates that submerging your high-end PC in cooking oil is not a good idea. But, of course, engineering feats and science breakthroughs were made possible by those who dared to explore the realms of the non-conventional. Members of the Munich-based THG lab are only too happy to confirm this fact. And not only did we find that our AMD Athlon FX-55 and GeForce 6800 Ultra equipped system didn't short out when we filled the sealed shut PC case with cooking oil--but the non-conductive properties of the liquid coupled created a totally cool and quiet high-end PC, devoid of the noise pollution of fans. The PC case - or should we say tank - also offered a new and novel way to display and show off your PC components.

Read away. You'll be shocked, awed, and amazed. And wonder why exactly Tom's Hardware thought of this in the first place.
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2006, 04:41:33 AM »

That is crazy go nuts.

Told the wife about it and after an initial "Wicked" she pondered, "How do you fix stuff on the inside.  Bet it's gross."  biggrin

I'm also betting it voids your warranties.  :wink:
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2006, 05:12:31 AM »

Now someone will want to make an EXTREME version using pee.
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2006, 06:20:29 AM »

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Now someone will want to make an EXTREME version using pee.

if you read the article, you'll get a pretty decent explanation of why pee won't work slywink
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2006, 10:21:00 AM »

Um yeah, pee does conduct.

I've seen mineral oil used, but not cooking oils.  My main concern is oil contamination.
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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2006, 02:47:14 PM »

I just don't see this being good for my game discs. It seems like it would slow the hard drives down as well... slywink
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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2006, 03:23:30 PM »

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I just don't see this being good for my game discs. It seems like it would slow the hard drives down as well... slywink

Well, the HD and the CD drives are both located outside of the case, as the oil would ruin the drives themselves. At the very least the gears, as they're not meant to be used while underwater (friction issues).

Now, I wonder if the Xbox 360 could be dunked somehow to solve its heating issues... biggrin
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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2006, 04:37:13 PM »

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Now, I wonder if the Xbox 360 could be dunked somehow to solve its heating issues... biggrin

I keep hearing that the overheating issue isn't with the box itself, but the power supply.  I wanna see somebody dunk the power supply of a running 360 into oil and see what happens. :twisted:
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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2006, 04:59:14 PM »

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Now, I wonder if the Xbox 360 could be dunked somehow to solve its heating issues... biggrin

I keep hearing that the overheating issue isn't with the box itself, but the power supply.  I wanna see somebody dunk the power supply of a running 360 into oil and see what happens. :twisted:


Here's an artists' rendering:

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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2006, 05:48:38 PM »

:shock:

That is awesome.
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