The mineral oil in this Aquarium will be hard on the fish but not your components

Subject: Systems | November 10, 2011 - 11:47 AM |
Tagged: puget systems, mineral oil, DIY, Aquarium

If you have an urge for switching your PC 's' cooling to full immersion in mineral oil you could do worse than looking to Puget Systems and their DIY Aquarium kit.  For four years they have been perfecting one of the most unique PC designs on the market, mimicking the look of an aquarium right down to the overhead light and gravel at the bottom.  By ordering a complete system, or picking up the parts from their parts store to build your own, you will end up with a well cooled conversation peice that you should proudly display in a prominent place.  Plus it is still a working PC, even if you will be distracted from the screen by your case.

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In House Manufacturing
We have seen so much demand for our aquarium kits that we have purchased our own laser cutting machine! This allows us to manufacture these kits entirely on our own, which carries a number of advantages.

  • Our costs are lower, which helps lower the price to you.
  • We are in full control of quality.
  • We know what is needed much better that an outsourced machine shop.
  • We can make MUCH more frequent design tweaks and improvements.

Embracing Simplicity
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. 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.

Project History
For those interested in the full history of this project, Puget Systems has chronicled our timeline over the last 4 years, sharing our thoughts, testing, benchmarks, and results.

Our full V4 aquarium kits, including tank, motherboard tray, pump, radiator, and all necessary wiring and tubing, are available for immediate purchase on our website. Alternately, for those looking for parts for their own DIY projects, each component of our V4 kit can be purchased separately on our parts store.

November 10, 2011 | 08:23 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

ryan, how bout building one of these for us, id love to see how it goes. Come on, you know you want to.

November 10, 2011 | 10:01 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

We already have one on the way. :)

November 11, 2011 | 03:24 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

very cool, when you are talking to them i would like to know how long the oil lasts before requiring a change. You could combine projects and build a hackintosh in it. Anyway, good site, good cast, good job. But why dont you like John Stewart?

November 14, 2011 | 01:05 PM - Posted by perfectshot (not verified)

Ryan, when you're done with the review, could I get the system from you?


Oh, and it would be awesome if you could review one of those super-expensive HardCore PCs.

I'd rather not use horse laxative for my mineral oil cooling needs!

November 14, 2011 | 08:40 PM - Posted by AParsh335i (not verified)

Building a hackintosh in this would be a cool double wammy and might bring a lot of traffic to the site. My buddy Matt built one that has been running well for him, good tips in his blog -

I'm sure he'd be happy to help if you contacted him with any questions too.

November 15, 2011 | 01:57 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Make sure to post the pics in the forum!

November 17, 2011 | 03:17 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

bumping the oil cooled hackintosh thread, make it happen

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