Teaser Pic: Goal: Create a mineral oil computer, and specifically the case/tank, to handle extreme GPU computation (Folding@Home) and hardcore gaming while still being silent with 3 monitors. Also to do something other than watercooling. Might overclock some...but hasn't historically been what I do. Inspirations: These guys deserve lots of credit for putting the work in up front and sharing their knowledge and time with all of us... legoman666 from the BitTech forums and The Puget Guys They were critical in enabling me to confidently proceed with building a system. I've watched, and learned and tried to just have fun. I'll be putting this case together here in short order. Reasons I don't like Water Cooling: Requires a new waterblock for each device. Requires additional tubing for each device. Does not quiet every device in the case...pesky 1.5 KW power supply Things I think about Mineral Oil Cooling: Has WAAAAY higher up front cost, mineral oil is expensive (Especially when designing your own badass case) Absorbs sound generated by ALL components in the computer...except the radiator + fanbank (which you engineer to be low speed/sound). Unifies the cooling system instead of coupling it to each component that needs to be cooled (huge plus). Might make you buy a new desk like me Will save you money in the long run (30yr amortization >.<) Looks cool as ****. Looks cool as **** when you put aquarium rocks in the case...and an aerator. High Level (Incomplete) Parts List for New Computer Build: 2 Nvidia GTX 480 1 Nvidia GTX 460 2 Gateway FHX2152L 21.5" 1920x1080 monitors (nice little guys) Custom Made Case--Parts list and work log to follow Rheobus sunbeam fan controller Magicool 9 fan radiator (square 3x3) Fans Strong pump -- Thinking eheim 1260 (lots of head pressure) Tubing safe for mineral oil Configuration: The Gtx 460 will drive the two auxilliaruy monitors. The Gtx 480's in SLI drive the 30" monitor I already own. All will Fold@Home when not in active use. My current computer specs are: AMD Phenom II 965 Black Edition (OC'd to 3.8 @1.465v) MSI NF980-G65 Dual NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX's / 196.21 ( one just died ) 6gb OCZ AMD Black Edition WD Raptor 150GB / RealSSD C300 Windows 7 64-bit Dell 3007WFP 30 inch Widescreen Seasonic ST1500 1.5KW power supply Requirements for the New Case: Must be movable while filled. Case must take shearing force and stress while case is lifted. Motherboard must be extractable for normal maintenance without disassembling entire case or large effort investment. Mechanical slides will be used for this, similar to keyboard tray slides. Must have handles for the lifting the external case and for lifting the motherboard tray Specifically don't care about super low temps but must maintain reasonable temps Must be very, very, very quiet. There must be 2 support frames (external, internal). Having an internal frame ensures that nothing needs to be mounted into the tank...making for less worry about stress cracks, construction issues etc. External frame to support weight, stress during moving, and protect and support tank. Internal frame to support motherboard tray, slides, and all internals. Having an internal frame will allow entire internals to be removed in case of tank damage. Tank must have a drain to support quick drain for relocating if weight is too much, which it very well might be (drain into milk jugs, move, refill) Ramblings I will be using my current computer internals in my new mineral oil setup until I fully vet any issues that pop up. Then I will spring for the new Graphics cards. I'll probably upgrade my processor/mobo/ram sometime next year. A mechanical engineering co-worker of mine, Rob Mackay, has decided to help me design the case. He is excellent at this kind of work and is willing to provide me with some scrap materials, his time, and his expertise in solidworks (autocad software) to professionally design my case . He turned me on to a company that makes all kinds of aluminum extrusions that would be awesome for my case. The company is called 80/20 and they have a catalog larger than the phone book! Previous to my mechanical engineer coming on board I mocked up a primitive version of the case in google sketchup and it's not great or finished...but it was a start at the time. Google Sketchup Mock-up: Well...after that my friend had to go and 10 up me. Following is his handiwork. Professional Mock-up: Gah...my design work is so insignificant! I decided to make this post finally, because, up until today I wasn't sure I had anything post worthy. But I figure this way people can enjoy the work that's been done. Post opinions and improvements, and generally be the great crowd that finally convinced me to sign up and post. I plan to provide pictures of the construction process etc as things move along. I plan to provide full Solidworks design files when I finish the project. Until then I will provide the free viewer format for people to play with if they feel like it. (You'll need the eDrawings Viewer by solidworks to view it.) I will reserve the following post for an ongoing cumulative parts list, so that anyone can replicate the work I've done. ShoutOuts My twin brother for encouraging me. Rob Mackay is an awesome man for lending his expertise and time. 80/20 --They make great stuff that I happen to be using in my case design. McMasterCarr is a ridonkulous for providing great interface for and the largest selection of raw hardware I've ever seen. Martin and Ziegler for making something worthy of putting my to-be-made PC on. Model Files: Rabid's mock-up Sketchup Model (.rar) (.zip) (.skp) Professional mock-up (Thanks to Rob Mackay) Note to admins...I wasn't sure if this counted as a "project log" as I don't have anything physical started (and I read the rules) so I placed it in the regular mod section. If I have erred..please move.