Buy an oil cooled PC for $11k

For roughly $11,000 you cold have this awesome oil cooled computer rig. This system was designed specifically to be able to keep the electronics submerged in oil. The system uses SSD for storage, so everything can be submerged. Check out the pictures of the top panel, what is going on there?

If $11,000 is too much for you to spend, you could always do it yourself with an old aquarium, like this one, but be careful, that oil can get pretty messy. There is also a happy medium too, check out this method. Its nice, clean and not too expensive.

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Comments

  1. rawr says:

    cold = could

  2. Caleb Kraft says:

    woops, thanks rawr

  3. Man On Fire says:

    specifically what about the top part is confusing?

    they mounted the motherboard so all the ports are up top, to make it easy to plug things in.

  4. mike says:

    That is so amazing. Seriously.

  5. blizzarddemon says:

    Ahhh so many ideas, so little resources…<.<

  6. Jon Bach says:

    Wow, $11k! Its definitely a nice system though, with triple SLI and SSD hard drives.

    Thanks for the mention in the article. We’ll be announcing kits for sale in just a few days…so you can build it yourself for a lot less.

  7. jerell says:

    yeah i saw an artical on home made vegetable oil cooled PC. me and my friends tried it the problem we had with it, you need a great seal to keep the oil in.

  8. massimiliano says:

    I did a little research and it turned out that mineral oil’s vapor may cause harm to your lungs.

    See http://www.cdc.gov/Niosh/pdfs/0472.pdf and http://www.jtbaker.com/msds/englishhtml/m7700.htm
    for reference. Some reports are even scarier but I can’t find them now.

  9. Trez says:

    I’ve always wanted to set up a bunch of motherboards with overclocked procs with tons of ram and a pixie booting nic in a cluster. Then dunk everything into a slightly modified old freezer filled with diesel or some other oil. The idea for the freezer was to set it up so that it would still cool the oil but add bilge pumps or other cheap liquid pumps to circulate the oil.
    I never did it because I couldn’t honestly justify having a cluster. I don’t think I’d ever need it.

  10. draeath says:

    You should know they have filed a patent with some generic enough claims to cover any liquid submersion cooling (where a radiator is used to vent the heat from the system).

    U.S. Patent No. 7,403,392: “A portable, self-contained liquid submersion cooling system that is suitable for cooling a number of electronic devices, including cooling heat-generating components in computer systems and other systems that use electronic, heat-generating components.”

    The full patent text is available here: http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/7403392.html

  11. matt says:

    Wouldn’t the Mains power transformers be prior art? they have used transformers dunked in oil for years.

  12. kevin mcguigan says:

    I saw something like this in the movie Sunshine only they were using a liquid refrigerant of some sort in a refrigerated room. I wonder if that could be done. The components were submerged and raised out of the coolant for repair.

  13. icefox says:

    There’s one thing I don’t completely understand about this idea. Is there a cooling system for the oil? I understand that the oil is cooling everything and it’s moving around with a couple submerged fans, but how isn’t it turning into a nice vegetable oil and PC soup?

    What I mean is this looks fully closed, meaning the oil would have to have some kind of radiator off of the back to keep it from heating up. Maybe I just don’t see it in the pic…

  14. draeath says:

    @icefox:

    If you open the article and take more than 5 seconds looking at it, you will notice that there are four fans and a radiator enclosed in once side of the case. The radiator is actually nearly the full size of the panel! As they state, this system is not quiet, but it much less noisy than an air-cooled system of the same ratings.

  15. djrussell says:

    anyone that would buy this is probably an overclocker. overclockers change components all the time. have fun doing that with this oily mess.

  16. zypher says:

    I wonder if I got somehow get one of these donated to my site? hmm…

  17. jorge says:

    where I can buy this oil?

  18. Adam says:

    ANYONE with a little engineering skill can make one of these. You can use nearly any watertight container and mineral oil. Id never pay 11K for it, just isnt worth it. Thats like buying a new car! for gods sake… what a rip off.

    My 8 core computer was built for under $500 and could easily be modified to run under oil, and then, have the oil in the case fed thru a heatexchanger, and cool that using a custom refrigeration system based upon a household fridge compressor.

    The fridge compressor can use propane as the refrigant. and it is piped into the heatexchanger to cool the oil.

    lol 11K

  19. Anon says:

    $11,000 what a mark up!

    Do they think we are made of money ROFL! I can see them foing out of business very quickly. Maybe they dont know about the current economic situation, poor bastards.

  20. Freeze4Life says:

    Look at this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntsG3vzgeo8
    Another good lookin oil cooled pc!
    I think it’s low cost project

  21. Eric says:

    There are several ways to improve on this oil cool phase that’s got so many people jumping up and down i mean when you actually sit down and dont just go lets dunk a pc you realize a few things one the power supply should be out of the oil it adds 20% more heat ALEAST and doesnt need cooling beyond what it has already and mineral oil is viscous you want something thinner someone should try and see if they can get something similar to kerosene in viscosity. I don’t want to go out and say kerosene will work it might actually but i mean its the kind of thing that you do a few tests before you go out and start submerging a pc in any liquid you can get your hands on.

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