I am completely fascinated by the mineral oil computers you build and want to try this myself. I'll be building a computer in the very near future and think this is the way to go. I have a couple questions that were posed to me when telling friends about this. I've only been reading about these for a short time and want to get as much info as possible to avoid problems that I've heard about.
I'm curious about the sealing of the aquarium and the computer components. I've read that the oil can deteriorate the seams of an aquarium and some of the rubber fittings of the computer parts. Is this true and is there a way to protect against this?
I've seen some mineral oil computers where they apply silicone caulking around the base and heat sink of the CPU. I've also been told you would need to apply silicone around any cards plugged into the mobo. The thought here being that the oil seeps into the connections and that being non-conductive, will hinder the electrical flow. Is this an issue with your machines?
I was planning on adding several computer fans and bubblers to circulate the oil and dissipate the heat. Will this be sufficient to prevent overheating or does an additional water cooled system need to be included as well?
And what grade or viscosity of oil is the best choice for this? Do you have resources for buying this large amount of oil?
Thank you so much for your time. I think your site is amazing and your mineral oil rigs are genius. I HAVE to have one of these.
- Dean -