This was a really great build and something that I had never done before. I was the project lead on this build, it was a build I did with my classmates at CTEC (Canyons Technical Education Center) which is a technical high school, I was in the Computer and Network Systems course. It was fun and quite time consuming. The pictures don't do the build justice! The build is more for looks and eye candy than performance, but I still wanted it to be functional. I enjoyed watching peoples faces as they looked at the computer and couldn't understand how it could be functional under water, until I explained how mineral oil works with computers. Now to the breakdown of parts....
CPU: The best of the i5's, easiest to overclock. An i7 would be overkill for Google Chrome.
MOBO: I love the Gigabyte brand, Z77 is a great chipset. I got the bored on a deal.
HD: Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD, Who doesn't want fast boot times? The SSD didn't matter too much because it wouldn't be submerged in the water.
RAM: Corsair Vengeance (4 x 2GB) great sticks, I have used them for many of my other builds. I also love the way these sticks look.
PSU: Cooler Master 850W modular. I need something that had a lot of power for the radiator and pump, I also wanted something that was modular, so I didn't have to run as many cables into the tank.
Case: I ordered the case from pudgetsystems. It was there standard fish tank computer case for ATX. It came in a kit which included the radiator, case, pump and all that good stuff.
Video Card: The machine does not have a video card, it runs of the integrated graphics. A video card really wasn't necessary for this build.
I also had to order 12 gallons of mineral oil, which was very expensive and messy.
I bought some blue rocks and a bubble bar from Petco. I also bought some fish tank lights (not pictured)
I also had to order 9 fans for the radiator!!.
Overall this was great build that was lots of fun! I love showing it off and explaining how it works.
|Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.2GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||22.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||58.0° C|