acceptable second hand computers

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  1. ferny

    ferny TPF Noob!

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    I saw a link to a site where they used a fishtank filled with mineral oil as their computer tower. I fancy having a go but it'll have to be really cheap (really cheap) as this is just a bit of fun. And I'll probably use a small TV as the monitor. Any suggestions or ideas as to what are ok specs these days?

    *gets hunting on eBay*
     
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    what do you want it for? I'd say Pentium D or higher, 1-2GB ram, Nvidia Geforce 6600 or ATI x1650 Pro or better.
     
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    Cheap?
    what ever you get make sure you can overclock is a lot - that is what the oil tower is for - it keeps it cool when overclocking :)
     
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    ferny TPF Noob!

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    I think you have it slightly confused. The tank gets fileld with oil. Including the PSU. ;)

    http://www.pugetsystems.com/submerged.php

    Fiddling, maybe some photo editing and watching porn. I don't bother with high-spec PC games at all.
     
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    yes that is what i mean - its a cooling method - and what causes heat build up more than anything else?

    Overclocking :)

    that and living in Oz - I hear down there they have -- get this -- naked computers its so hot!
     
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    ferny TPF Noob!

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    This room gets over 43 degree's in the summer. ;)
     
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    how does a power supply work in mineral oil? Seems like it would short out? And the fans wouldn't spin.
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Would it even need them anymore?
     
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    Fans would not be needed - and oil is not conductive to electricity (well it will if you hit it with enough, but I don't think a home computer will be using that much power!)
    Though I agree is somthing to test on an older model first -
     
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    I've seen it done before, the only things they didn't put under oil were the optical drives, for obvious reasons. Worked great! With no fans at all, it stablized at 62C, overclocked, under severe load from prime95
     
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    62 C :shock: that seems high
     

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