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The Mineral Oil PC by Andrew Mollman

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proxess 15th September 2010, 11:59 Quote
One word. Awesome. Another word. Amazing!
Kiytan 15th September 2010, 12:18 Quote
with those lights going it looks utterly fantastic. Great mod.
Fractal 15th September 2010, 12:22 Quote
An ambitious and complex project but perseverance and attention to detail have obviously won out. Well done!
dispie 15th September 2010, 12:24 Quote
wooo very very nice
stupido 15th September 2010, 12:51 Quote
Very nice...

Did you tried any overclock?
Necrow 15th September 2010, 13:05 Quote
Mod of the year nominee I expect.
What a fantastic creation and a lot of lessons learned the hard way. Hats off to you fella.
cjmUK 15th September 2010, 13:11 Quote
Well it wins on the originality stakes... But I wouldn't want to be buying his used components on the BT Market place...

Just think, if you used a Pentium 4 Extreme Edition chip, it could double up as a deep fat fryer....
Fabou 15th September 2010, 13:19 Quote
Really nice. But too bad you have not been able to get the pump lying on the floor.
-SambaL- 15th September 2010, 13:48 Quote
+ No more dust in your case.

- Upgrading has got to be a bitch.


Either way it looks awesome.
Tattysnuc 15th September 2010, 14:13 Quote
Nicely done, but I'm getting a feeling of deja vu here.
Hakuren 15th September 2010, 14:33 Quote
Bonkers but in a good way! Really impressive work and original approach.
legoman666 15th September 2010, 14:33 Quote
Thanks everyone!
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Originally Posted by stupido
Very nice...

Did you tried any overclock?

Not yet. It seems fast enough as it is, and resetting the bios if i OC too far is a major pain in the arse.
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Originally Posted by cjmUK
Well it wins on the originality stakes... But I wouldn't want to be buying his used components on the BT Market place...

Just think, if you used a Pentium 4 Extreme Edition chip, it could double up as a deep fat fryer....

Haha, I've actually sold several components that were in my original Q6600 setup: the Q6600, the RAM and the sound card. People bought them even though I mentioned that they were submerged in oil for a few months.
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Originally Posted by Fabou
Really nice. But too bad you have not been able to get the pump lying on the floor.

I know :( And now the PVC tubing is so stiff that it's impossible to bend without cracking.
legoman666 15th September 2010, 14:35 Quote
Also, you spelled my name wrong; it's Mollmann, not Mollman ;)
r3Q 15th September 2010, 14:48 Quote
if you want to be able to reset your CMOS settings for overclocking, you can get an external switch. easy enough to install - just put the little jumper pin on and extend the wires somewhere to a switch like this;

for two pin cmos connector (i would just use a jumper that comes with the motherboard and solder to that so its removeable, instead of soldering to the motherboard)
http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-work-logs/401028-full-log-external-cmos-reset-key.html

for three pin cmos connector (i just used a 3-pin CPU fan cable wit the connector on the end that i cut off a fan i had lying around. it fits on there perfect)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v205/Indignity/PC%20Stuff/Cmosreset.jpg
WildThing 15th September 2010, 15:40 Quote
Wow great mod! One question though.
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It is very satisfying to stare into the oil and see the convection currents

What are convection currents?
docodine 15th September 2010, 15:48 Quote
Convection currents occur when the liquids of a different temperature move around. The hot oil would move differently than the oil fresh out of the radiators.
stupido 15th September 2010, 16:10 Quote
And you are able to actually see them because the oil with different temperature has different density thus light is refracted...
cjmUK 15th September 2010, 16:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by docodine
Convection currents occur when the liquids of a different temperature move around. The hot oil would move differently than the oil fresh out of the radiators.

More specifically, the hot oil rises and the cooler oil sinks, so there is a circular current of oil - the oil will change viscosity and perhaps colour with temperature, so you will be able to see streams of different temperatures flowing past each other.

At first, it seemed like an expensive folly, but having already identified its potential as a deep fat fryer, we've now identified that it can also function as a lava lamp... Can we find any more uses for this creation of genius??
legoman666 15th September 2010, 16:18 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by cjmUK
More specifically, the hot oil rises and the cooler oil sinks, so there is a circular current of oil - the oil will change viscosity and perhaps colour with temperature, so you will be able to see streams of different temperatures flowing past each other.

At first, it seemed like an expensive folly, but having already identified its potential as a deep fat fryer, we've now identified that it can also function as a lava lamp... Can we find any more uses for this creation of genius??

Paper weight, boat anchor, theft deterrent, chick magnet.
Wing Zero 15th September 2010, 16:44 Quote
Are the fans on the heatsinks truly necessary? i would have thought convection would take over from the need to force oil through them
cjmUK 15th September 2010, 16:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by legoman666
...chick magnet.

I admire your optimism... ;)
MajestiX 15th September 2010, 17:38 Quote
is there health effects from the evaporation of the chemicals?
Otacon 15th September 2010, 17:45 Quote
Amazing machine and it looks great. Not even going to pretend I'd have the patience to do that. Nice one.

It is a pity about the pump but if you do ever feel the need to open it up and change that tube would raising the pump up a cm or 2 on a piece of plexi not help with the angle?

Also have you considered putting longer aluminium sections on the top cover? I think it would look cleaner if you couldn't see the level the oil stops at through the plexi but that may just be me.
thehippoz 15th September 2010, 18:03 Quote
theft deterrent xD
Waynio 15th September 2010, 19:11 Quote
Nicely done Andrew & congrats getting featured :), I just flicked through the pictures for now, I'll definately read it later.
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