I am seriously looking into getting a mineral oil PC in the next month and before I do I have some questions and concerns, I would really appreciate answers from people who own/operate a mineral oil PC and of course Puget.
Note: I’ve done a few pc builds before but only air cooled, never water-cooled and while I know it’s barely in the same vein it’s got some similarities to water-cooling and a bit of a leap for me.
The build: What I want to chuck in there is all new parts.
DIY v4 Kit
I-7 2600k CPU
EVGA GTX 580 (I know it’s murderously expensive but I decided to go single card over sli)
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (750w PSU, a bit over)
G.SKILL Ripjaws 2x4gb DDR3 1600
Probably some 1tb WD HDD
Katan CPU fans from puget
Power Brick for Radiator
And the mobo, not too sure about… seems like a decent value board and not too many complaints, anyone have a better recommendation?
BIOSTAR TZ68A+RCH Mobo (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138320)
So on to the questions.
Mineral oil and non-solid caps. I know in the FAQ Puget said this wasn’t an issue before, is it still a non-issue? Has anyone else experienced the rubber on the caps stiffening and them coming loose? The MB and PSU have solid caps but I saw no mention of on the video card (and the one I saw that mentioned I did not like).
Silicon gel around CPU. I’ve seen this once and have seen other people talking about it but never got around to the “why”. What’s the point of this? To stop the oil from getting inbetween the CPU and board? Is it a good idea and does Puget do this?
Temperatures: With the setup I listed what sort of temperatures should I be expecting with stock clocks? Ballpark idle/load figures would be appreciated. Should I be looking at 20 idle CPU 30 GPU? Less? More?
Leaks: I know Puget hasn’t gotten any leaks (minus wicking/bubbling) from their FAQ but has anyone else had leaks from these as I somewhat afraid of this happening.
HDD Passthrough: Is it still a molex power connector?
Wireless: Is this still needed? I could have swore before I read that the wicking problem had been solved but I seem to only see it for the PSU now, maybe I’m blind. But is it possible to use a wired mouse/keyboard without wicking now or is it still an issue?
Quick Disconnect Tubing: I read someone on the forums said that this decreased the rate in which the oil would pass through the radiator, is this normal? Is it significant?
I can’t really think of anything else, is there anything I should know? I’ve heard keep it on a flat surface and all that good stuff and have a perfect flat and stable surface to keep it on but any other advice would be very much appreciated, and if you’ve gotten this far thanks for reading it!