Man floods PC to make BioShock case mod. Miraculously kills neither it nor himself

A full fish tank. A Big Daddy figurine. Some gravel. All fairly standard equipment in the making of your common or garden BioShock diorama. But how about computer hardware and live electrical currents? Generally, circuitry and splashy stuff are a match made in house fire insurance claims, but not today.

A chap going by the name of sirleechalot has created a BioShock case mod which subverts all natural laws of RPG elemental attacks. How did he achieve this alchemical affront to all we hold dear? With five gallons of horse laxative.

Mineral oil is funny stuff. A by-product of petroleum distillation, it looks like water, acts like water, but crucially in matters of avant garde PC construction, is non-conductive. It also has noteable laxative effects when consumed, and so is used by vets to hollow out horses.

As a result of these properties (less so its equine flushing functionality) it's the perfect stuff to use in a submerged BioShock case mod. Which is exactly what has happened here. And while the sight of raw computer innards and the steampunk design of a Big Daddy is a little bit of an aesthetic juxtaposition, I think it looks rather natty. So full marks for sirleechalot.

And he gets big bonus points for using Bobby Darin on the video soundtrack, naturally.

Source: Kotaku 




  • funster - October 8, 2010 4:40 a.m.

    Shagnasty, just a few seconds of checking the net would tell you that distilled water is indeed a terrible conductor of electricity.
  • Ravenbom - October 7, 2010 5:52 p.m.

    Wow, I hope nobody knocks that tank over. I can't imagine 5 gallons of horse laxative cleans up easily.
  • Shagnasty - October 6, 2010 7:26 p.m.

    Also, water is never mentioned in the title. He mentions flooding with fluid. It's your own fault that you inferred water from that.
  • Shagnasty - October 6, 2010 7:25 p.m.

    @Frootata It's disturbing how little you know about basic chemistry. Last time I checked, pure distilled water is an excellent conductor of water to the point where that is actually what it is. Dunno, maybe you're just a dumbass.
  • Kage_No_Shi - October 6, 2010 6:01 a.m.

    I thought it was pretty cool. I've heard of this (there is even a company that specializes in this, I think). I was disappointed by the low level components though. The cooling effects of mineral oil should allow someone to make a beast of an overclocker, I think. The bubbles should allow for movement of the fluid, to help keep it a bit cooler than if it was just static.
  • Shagnasty - October 6, 2010 5:17 a.m.

    0_0 I'm taking A+ classes and find this amazing. I must tell my instructors about this. I had no idea you could submerge open solid state components like that. Is heating a problem at all? How are the bubbles made, from just a regular fish...thingy?
  • AlpineGuy - October 6, 2010 1:24 a.m.

    BioShock, PC case mods, and horse laxatives in one nifty place? Thanks, GamesRadar, for broadening my horizons! (Also, this PC is just f**kin' cool.)
  • sniperscope - October 6, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    So cool.
  • Hobojedi - October 5, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    It's just hell to clean though when the parts need to be upgraded/replaced.
  • therawski - October 5, 2010 11:42 p.m.

    I worked on an a few HP Indigo digital print presses and they use mineral oil like nuts, right when I saw that he used it I was like, yeah no shit it won't fry. Still looks really cool tho!
  • Jesse1066 - October 5, 2010 10 p.m.

    I guess his computer is a "well oiled machine."
  • JimmyCooldaddy - October 5, 2010 9:58 p.m.

    I watched this, and it was so cool my head blew up!
  • ThatGuyFromTV - October 5, 2010 8:57 p.m.

    Horse laxative. Yum.
  • PipBowl420 - October 5, 2010 8:30 p.m.

    man, that's pretty nuts lol now THERE'S a BioShock fan! lol
  • djuniah - October 5, 2010 8:25 p.m.

    Hi everyone, OP here. Just wanted to say thanks for the compliments. @infernox, while the performance isn't GREAT, it still can play full 1080P video perfectly, and can even play bioshock! This build was more about looks than performance. I'll keep an eye on the comments here if anyone has any questions about it.
  • EAC73 - October 5, 2010 7:35 p.m.

    @db1331 lol nice bioshock reference also that is very impressive with the computer still working.
  • DanteofFlorence - October 5, 2010 6:11 p.m.

    kudos to that guy. that thing is awesome.
  • db1331 - October 5, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    As a guy who loves building PCs and BioShock, I found this to be totally sweet. I'm going to send this guy an email asking him "Would you kindly give me that BioShock PC?"
  • NanoElite666 - October 5, 2010 5:12 p.m.

    That is ridiculously cool.
  • infernox - October 5, 2010 5:10 p.m.

    impressive but it in terms of performance, its similar to netbooks.

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