mineral oil on the cheap!
March 22nd 2009
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Modified the eclipse system 3 lid a tad by removing some internal structure supports, removed the red LEDs from the tri color fans, used industrial velcro strips to mount the power supply and hard drives externally and then added some aquarium rock, buried an airstrip in it, routed the cables and hoses behind the motherboard, and filled with 2 gallons of light viscosity mineral oil.
The purpose of this mod was not speed or cooling. Its a pure endurance testbed, I'm looking to see if I can get 2 years of reliable service out of this. I didn't submerge the power supply, as its mainly the motherboard, cpu, and memory I'm intrested in testing at this time. At this time its only running off of an 80Gig WD IDE drive but in the future I'm planning on removing that and adding 2 1TB WD SATA II drives for network video storage. Building one of these new from scratch would run around $425 US dollars including mineral oil and wi-fi card. I built mine on a budget of less than $200 by using a lot of parts I already had on hand, and it still looks good. Besides being a test bed, the Gee Whiz factor has a lot to do with why I built this.