Here I am going to show you how to build a mineral oil cooled high-end pc yourself with a budget of 300€ (like 330$).
I cut almost all pieces with my “Dremel” because I am partly unexpirienced with other tools and because it seemed more safe to me. Some parts don’t look as good as I wanted them to look, but still I think that the result is sure okay.
If you use my tutorial I’d be glad and happy to see / publish your result here
– Note: If you are a german visitor click here: MineralÖl PC bauen: Anleitung (Part 1) (AUF DEUTSCH / IN GERMAN)
– Check out my Youtube video first if you’ve missed it, to get a better impression of my oil pc so called Dead Bottom:
– Check also my Collage for some additional information about my oil computer.
As an great example I’ve used the project of LinusTechTips on Youtube.
Their concept seems to work fine so I’ve thought why do it another way and build it a bit like theirs.
By the way their kit is from Puget Systems and costs like 1000$, but isn’t sold anymore. Puget also gained a lot of expirience with oil cooled PCs and so I know it is a great solution.
Note: If you actually do it, feel free to firstname.lastname@example.org
My Hardware Build for this High-End Mineral Oil submerged PC:
Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Vapor-X OC
Gigabyte Sniper z97
Intel Core i7-4790K Devil’s Canyon.
16GB RAM, Corsair and a blue 8GB one from IDK anymore
Be Quiet power supply
I feel like almost everyone on Youtube / Google Pictures is using old shitty hardware for their mineral oil PC so i take here high-end hardware in value like 1000€ for this project.
[ What you’ll need for the build: ]
– Time for one week work
– Dremel (80$ on Amazon, absolutely worth it) or Black & Decker Jig Saw (35$ on Amazon) and Black & Decker Drill/Driver (36$ on Amazon)
– Dennerle NanoCube 60 Liters Aquarium (60€ on Ebay)
– Acrylic glass (I’ve paid 50€ in “Hornbach”, like DIY Store / Craft store)
– Screws (in Hornbach 5-20€)
– Small right metal angle (1.20€ for each in Hornbach)
– Nice looking handles (6€ each in Hornbach)
– UHU SUPER GLUE EXTRA STRONG ULTRA FAST (10$, i like the little ones, very good)
– Medicine Mineral Oil with low viscosity (65€ each 20 liters canister, I’ve needed like 45 liters for mine. Dunno if they sell it international so check out Linus vid they name their oil vendor.)
– Cable Ties, 200-Piece (7$)
– Thermometer I have like this one but I also relly like this one because it shows humidity, which may be interesting
– Decoration (0-100€) Tetra Whisper Air Pump (10$), LED light with remote control (found mine on Ebay), Spongebob’s Pineapple Home Ornament, I like the the dark one and the light blue one, This seems very interesting to me: 12 LED Blue Color Round Shape Waterproof Aquarium Lights Bubble or even that one interesting thingy could be more badass than my stuff, didn’t see such stuff on german Amazon
– Water Pump (like 18$, you don’t have to, but if something goes wrong, better have one at home)
-> All together should be around 330$, less if you already got some of the tools above. Maybe I forgot some things so watchout when watching my listed pictures here. I’ve left out some non necessary needed stuff in this list. Feel free to contact me on the E-Mail given above.
[ Step 1: ]
Place your aquarium where the computer belongs and check how you feel about it. Find a perfect place for it.
[ Step 2: ]
Get your hardware ready for it.
[ Step 3 (optional): ]
Check your hardware without the old case.
[ Schritt 4: ]
[ Step 5: ]
Here we have a little cut of pictures cuz I’ve worked hard and forgot even about taking pictures. I’ve built like a double cover, because its more stable and closes denser in the end. So I took another acrylic glass and cut it, so I can get it tight with four screws. In the result you should be able to press it closely in the edges of your tank.
[ Step 6: ]
My power supply got a fan so I placed that below my cover. The easiest way to do this was to use my angles and UHU. Probably not the best solution, but it held till now.
[ Step 7: ]
Good that I’ve bought an acrylic glas case from Sunbeam before I decided to use the Dennerle aquarium. It got acrylic glass inside for the drives etc., not necessary needed so I used this for the project and I’m selling the other parts.
Again I’ve used my UHU glue (stuck like in 10 secs, thats why I like them) and glued the holding parts of my old case inside the acrylic glass from the Sunbeam case. Then i screwed my mainboard on it.
[ Step 8: ]
Make the holes / cut out for the power supply.
[ Step 9: ]
I’ve decided to put my SSD inside the tank (NOT INSIDE THE OIL !!! of course) and to use it for putting my oil from there. My HDD and SSD are hanging down in air above the oil. Looks a bit bad cuz I’m no master of Dremel yet, but works pretty OK.
I won’t submerge it to the top, only till the CPU is fully in the mineral oil.
Getting a bit tired now of counting the steps and stopping it from now on.
I’ve Placed everything as I wanted and checked so everythings fits just fine.
Now it’s time to clean the Dennerle aquarium tank
So almost reached the end now
[ Time for results, huh :]
Literally worked my ass of with this one, even with the blog posts in German and English.
Had a tons of fun and gained expierence building it and posting about it here, hope you like it as much as I do and maybe you’re going to do the same? I say go for it. Right. Fucking. NOW. Really, don’t even think of any excuse not to do it.
Took me really like 8-14 days with a bit of planning etc., but with this tutorial you should have everything you need and save a bit time.
I think this project is a prototype for a well designed mineral oil cooled PC, i only found ugly ones except the thing from LinusTechTips.
I was also driven by the fact I wasn’t able to use it till I finish everything so it was nice to just work through it in countless of hours.
I even got sick (cold) after building it and now chillin’ a bit, writing this whole thing cuz I went out without proper clothing in the night, disposing everything to just not get any clothing messy.
Have fun and good luck with it, try to avoid any mistake I did / mentioned here and maybe you’ll achieve to build it even more badass than mine!