You don't have to be flippin' nuts to dunk your PC parts in mineral oil (maybe a little), you just need a good game plan and the right equipment. To that extent, boutique system builder Puget Systems is a pioneer of sorts in this field of alternative cooling and has been experimenting with mineral oil since May 2007. The mad scientists at Puget built a DIY kit for mineral oil enthusiasts in 2008, and today they're announcing a new revision, the Aquarium PC V4.
The Aquarium PC V4 is the first DIY kit built with Puget's newly purchased laser cutting machine. Puget's now able to build these kits all on its own, which means "MUCH more frequent design tweaks and improvements," better quality control, and lower prices.
"Up to this point, our aquarium kits have been getting bigger and more complicated with each release. The V4 kits take a step back. The size and capacity is the same as our V3 kits, but with the advantage of rapid prototyping though on-site manufacturing, we are able to create a much more finely tuned product," Puget explains. "Instead of large bulky bracing, we cut it down to only what is necessary. Instead of dual pumps with complicated interconnects, we run a single more powerful pump. This leads to a dramatic decrease in complication, assembly, and number of parts needed. This results in less points of possible failure, and much lower overall unit price."
For $595, the V4 kit comes with a 12-gallon tank and cover, acrylic motherboard tray, 7 slot I/O shield, power cord, power/HDD LEDs, power switch, PCI SATA and power bracket, 3-inch brushed nickle wire handles, hard drive mounts, Watercool MO_RA3 Pro radiator, submersible Swiftech MCP35X pump, 5 feet of half-inch tubing, and all necessary screws, barbs, and fittings.
One thing to keep in mind is that while cooling your system with mineral oil is considered safe and effective, it will also void your warranty, in case that wasn't obvious.
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