In most cases, dipping your PC in a container of liquid while it's turned on is a surefire way to fry your components—you're far better off selecting from our list of the best CPU coolers. That said, we're reminded on occasion of more extreme methods of cooling, like submerging a PC in a tank of mineral oil or, in the case of 3M, using Novec.Novec is an "engineered fluid" that is non-conductive and used for immersion cooling in some data centers. HardOCP spotted a new video on YouTube that was posted by Conny Larsson, an engineer at 3M. His latest demo is a followup to one that he posted several years ago, only this time it's a much more compact and finalized version of his previous Novec build.What makes this demo so nifty is that it's size. It's small enough to be practical in a home setting, though we're sure the cost and perhaps maintenance prevent it from being actually practical.Still, it's a neat video, which you can check out above. Conny also posted a 7-part series on … [Read more...] about Watch 3M dunk an Intel PC inside a vat of liquid to keep it cool
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There’s plenty of guides out there on how to build a PC. Putting together a new computer is a complex task, and it’s great there are so many resources out there for the aspiring PC builder. However, there’s not a lot of info on how to upgrade an existing PC. I realized this when NZXT sent us a Kraken X72 AIO CPU cooler and an E850 modular power supply. It’s intimidating when you look at your beautiful, fully-functional PC that you spent hours building and getting just right and think about replacing parts. No one wants to strip their PC down to the case to add a few things, so how do you figure out how to get the old parts out, and get the new ones in? Switching a power supply and CPU cooler are two of the more invasive upgrades you can undertake, and I’ve put together my process below for anyone who wants to add some new parts into their PC the right way without rebuilding the whole thing. Contents: Preparing to Upgrade Your PC One of the biggest … [Read more...] about How to Upgrade Your PC: Add a New CPU Cooler and Power Supply
Every time we hit up the drawing board for a build like this, there’s a sense of apprehension. The degree of organization and luck required is Herculean, and even with all our experience, it never comes easy.From planning the spec list, to requesting hardware, arranging photography, and more, it can take months for everything to come together, only for a new product to launch, or a shipping deadline to fall through, and scupper the entire thing.Unlike our Dream Machines, these one-off specials are not about absolute power and pushing everything to the bleeding edge of technology, but about crafting a PC that’s perfect for the individual it’s designed for.Let’s be realistic: You can probably get the same performance for half the cost. But you rarely find someone who’s invested this much time and effort into a rig and regrets it. It’s a real labor of love.This time around, we’ll be crafting a super-small liquid-cooled ITX Ryzen 2 rig, packing … [Read more...] about Building a next-level liquid cooled PC with Ryzen
THE PCG Q&AWe ask a question, you tell us your answers! Here are some previous editions of the PCG Q&A:What's your favorite non-violent game?What's the first game you really loved?What's the most you've spent on a game?It's off to the nostalgia well for this midweek edition of the PCG Q&A. Most PC players collected physical versions of PC games back in the day, but in the last few years, thanks to digital distribution, there's been little cause to do so. There are exceptions, of course: Kickstarter campaigns often add some interesting boxed niceties and cloth maps at certain tiers, which is neat. Generally speaking, though, picking up a physical copy of a game generally involves stripping out the code, redeeming it through a client then having three useless discs sat in a box in your home forever. So we ask you, reader: what was the last game you bought a physical copy of? Let us know in the comments below. Samuel Roberts: Pillars of Eternity, but hot damn I … [Read more...] about What was the last game you bought as a physical copy?
This feature was originally published in issue 316 of PC Gamer UK and issue 304 of PC Gamer US. Get our lovely-looking magazine delivered to your door every month and save a bunch of money on the cover price. With Divinity: Original Sin, developer Larian Studios created its most successful game in its two-decade history, netting a plethora of accolades and comparisons to genre titans like Ultima V2. Not content, the studio rolled out an overhauled Enhanced Edition, all the while working on a fresh prototype. That would become Divinity: Original Sin 2, Larian's newest and biggest success story. That Original Sin 2 prototype started life as an arena mode, like the one that's still in-game today, allowing the designers to quickly create scenarios and fights to test new and returning systems."We were using it to prototype how combat would feel, what we were going to do with Action Points, what new elemental combinations we could come up with, and how we'd shape the roles and … [Read more...] about The making of Divinity: Original Sin 2