Oil Submerged HTPC
May 18th 2009
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The tank is a cheapie from Big W. I cut out the back of and old case that had a removable motherboard tray and mounted it in a 10mm perspex lid that sits flush in the fish tank. Removed PSU from its housing and mounted on 10mm perspex that is attached to top lid.
The idea is not new, and i was inspired by the guys at http://www.pugetsystems.com/submerged.php and their oil cooled pc. A big problem i saw with a lot of fish tank oil pcs, was the nightmare of trying to do anything on them once the oil was in. So i went with the idea of having the "Computer" parts all mounted in one piece that gets sunk into the oil. Storage is also an issue. As its a HTPC, i wanted big storage, but didnt want a big external drive lumbering around the tank. I solved this issue by running the OS on a laptop drive in the top under the tank cover, and using the vista iSCSI initiator to hit my NAS in the office downstairs. So i have lots of storage and no messy external drives. Best thing is that with the bubbles turned off, its totaly silent. :P This machine runs my 42" plasma and the odd game or two.... old parts and not going to tear crysis a new one, but does its job perfectly.