• August 2010
    M T W T F S S
    « Jul    
     1
    2345678
    9101112131415
    16171819202122
    23242526272829
    3031  
  • Twitting From the Inside of Iron Shell

    Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.

  • RSS dannychoo.com

    • Kanda Matsuri
      If you like anime and traditional Japanese culture then you may want to stick the Kanda Matsuri (Kanda Festival) on your radar from now on. The Kanda Matsuri [神田祭] is one of the 3 largest festivals in Japan that take place on the Saturday and Sunday closest to and before the 15th of May. Held since the 17th century to celebrate the victory of Tokugawa Ieyasu […]
    • Harajuku in the Spring
      Tis Spring right now in Japan but the weather can be a bit funky of late. Its generally warm but from time to time there can be a sudden cold spell and it looks like we are expecting another typhoon next week >
    • Hestia X Draven
      Because sharing is caring - Hestia (Danmachi) X Draven (League Of Legends) spotted at Anime Festival Asia Thailand - a few more photos on YingTze's Twitter account.
    • Design Philosophy
      Purpose If you have not done the “what is the purpose of my existence” exercise then I would recommend that you take time out to discover what it is sooner rather than later. The sooner you find your purpose, the more time you will have left of your life to fulfill your existence. Some people never find out the answer before they die but just before they do, […]
    • Brooks Pickwick Review
      I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before but I'm a bit of a bag otaku - I love bags! I think I like them because they help keep my stuff organized and the better the bag I find - the more productivity I will gain. Or at least thats the excuse I give my wife.Today I'm going to review my latest bag that I've been using for the past y […]
  • View from the ocular.

    DSC_0112

    DSC_0109

    DSC_0104

    More Photos

Aquarium with electronic fish. aka Secret Project.

Not so long ago was browsing You Tube and stumbled across several videos showing an actual working PC inside aquarium filled with mineral oil. That exact second it hit me – Do want! Having tons of spare parts laying around the corners of my apartment It seemed fairly easy and inexpensive to build one.

Aquarium_PC37

Config:
Motherboard: Biostar TA790GXB A2+
CPU: AMD Athlon FX-62 x64 Dual core 2.8GHz
RAM: PQi 4GB
Video: EVGA Nvidia GeForce 210 512MB HDMI
Storage: 3.2TB total:
– 2 2.5 laptop HDDs 250Gb each in RAID 0. Drives that I had stashed were 5200rpm and will be quite slow standalone, striped, on the other hand, will be both quiet and quick.
– 4 3.5 desktop HDDs 2x500GB, 750GB and 1TB mouted in 3U hot swappable backplane.
Accessories:
– 3 port external MOLEX connectors came very handy got mine a while ago from newegg for about $5.
– PSU power extension cord – a must have item, mine was built into the old case.

And so I started.

First of all -the aquarium itself – $30 at Walmart.
Aquarium_PC01

Quiet air pump – $14 Walmart. How can aquarium be without bubbles. As it turned out to be pump is not very quiet at all, but still usable.
Aquarium_PC02

Donor case.
Aquarium_PC03

Glued on/off and reset switches with activity lights under the top cover underneath feed door so it’ll stay hidden.
Aquarium_PC04

Gutted the case, leaving back wall, IO panel and side fan mount.
Aquarium_PC05

Further trimming it to fit and attaching an extension plate.
Aquarium_PC06

Back side.
Aquarium_PC07

Motherboard test fit.
Aquarium_PC08
Aquarium_PC09

Fits like a glove. All rough edges and indecencies will later be covered by a hood.
Aquarium_PC10

First dry run and windows installation.
Aquarium_PC11

Gutting the power supply. Exposing it delicious internals.
Aquarium_PC12
Aquarium_PC13

First fit inside aquarium.
Aquarium_PC14

It sat really, really tight.
Aquarium_PC15

So it was decided to get rig of a big, modular power supply and go with a tiny one that was left over from older microITX build.
Aquarium_PC16

Now, there’s much more room for oil circulation.
Aquarium_PC17

And gravel, and seaweed, and marbles and even a sunken castle!
Aquarium_PC18

Now, proceeding to the filler – Mineral Oil. Got it from ebay at ~$15 a gallon. Apart from it’s main use as an aquarium PC liquid – it’s used as a horse laxative as well.
Aquarium_PC20

All prepped and ready to be filled.
Aquarium_PC19

Topped off and running on the shelf.
Aquarium_PC22

Had to add some more oil later.
Aquarium_PC23

HDD drive cage on the side.
Aquarium_PC24
Aquarium_PC25

Aquarium_PC27
Aquarium_PC26
Aquarium_PC29

Bubbly.
Aquarium_PC28

Got two neon glow wires from ebay automotive section for $10. Look really awesome in dark.
Aquarium_PC30

Aquarium_PC31

Aquarium_PC32

Aquarium_PC33

Aquarium_PC34

Aquarium_PC35

Aquarium_PC36

So, there you have it!Two days labor, about $150 excluding computer parts and a whole lot of wow factor sitting on the shelf!
Besides that it’s a fully functional media center PC and a home file server.
Aquarium_PC38

About these ads

2 Responses

  1. Thats friggin awesome O_O I’d be so paranoid it’d break somehow XD

  2. How totally fun. What a great thing to have on a shelf for a topic starter. I bet it runs nice and cool with the mineral oil. It is so strange to me that mineral oil is non-conductive. Very cool indeed.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: