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Old December 12, 2012, 07:20 PM
NoCorsair NoCorsair is offline
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Fredericton NB, Canada
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My System Specs

Default Oil submerged PC for science fair (lol)

So it is my final year at highschool, and I feel like jumping into the Science Fair. Since me being a PC building kinda guy, I've always wanted to build myself a oil submerged PC in a fish tank.

My main idea is to have a Mini-ITX / Micro-ATX form factor PC, perceptually with some sort of dual-core CPU(or APU), 8GBs of Ram, a small HDD (SDD depending on price/budget), and of course a power supply. At the moment I'm not considering a GPU due to keeping price at a minimal.

So lets talk some parts.

CPU: Intel Celeron G530 2.4GHz LGA1155
Decent CPU, more than enough power to run your everyday stuff, and even some games. Did I mention cheap too? (Downside, can't overclock, no biggie)

Motherboard: MSI H61M-P31
An affordable mobo that has all the features I'll need. Small, and will look cool in oil.

Ram: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB
Low profile ram clocked at 1333, which is what the mobo above is designed for. Cheap too.

HardDrive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint 7200RPM 320GB
Enough storage, 7200RPM, relatively inexpensive. (This won't be submerged in the oil, if I get a SSD, I'll submerge that.)

PSU: Corsair CX430
Reliable Corsair PSU, 80Plus certified. It'll be easy to take off the outter shell.

Subtotal under $200 for the PC parts. But I also gotta consider the price of a fish tank, and the oil. Together I am guessing around $40 for the mineral oil, and about $30 for a 2.5 gallon rectangular prism fish tank.

In the meantime, I'm gonna throw together some blueprints of how I will lay out the PC. Chances are I'll post them to this thread later. Other that that, if you AMD guys can put together something small with the AMD FM1 socket APU, please share. I'm considering going AMD aswell, no issues.

I'm open to conversation, any suggestions/questions are greatly appreciated. Cheers
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