Have you ever wanted your computer to smell like a student house party? Probably not, but for the niche group of people who want to make that dream a reality, we’ve got some good news for you.
Popular computing YouTuber Bitwit built a dedicated Jägermeister ring-shaped gaming PC this week, which is an interesting design in itself but certainly lifted by the fact that the system has 1.5 liters of cooled Jägermeister running through it rather than a traditional coolant. At least temporarily, since swapping out distilled water or coolant made specifically for sugar alcohols isn’t good for your computer components.
Don’t try this at home
YouTube Bitwit host Kyle Hansen was careful throughout his video to stress that the coolant swap experience was mostly focused on aesthetics rather than actual performance, but that doesn’t mean the design didn’t have some quality hardware, including the 64 1 gig of Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB memory, EVGA RTX 3080, AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, 1000W power supply.
The real Jägermeister was eventually replaced with a similar-looking coolant to preserve the life of the computer, with Hansen stating that “countless demonstrations across the web have shown that alcoholic beverages, whether Jägermeister or beer, are prone to rotting if left in the water-cooling ring for too long.” “. Smelly problem for sure, but that’s not all. Unsuitable liquids such as soda and soda will corrode metal fittings in a custom ring over time, and alcohol is known to corrode in acrylic.
For as long as the original German Digest has been flowing through the episode, tests have actually revealed that it’s not is very Terrible at cooling computers. The Ryzen 9 5950X averaged around 57 degrees Celsius (134 degrees Fahrenheit) on an episode of the Cinebench R23, which is a far cry from a great recording but still manages to do a decent job.
It’s unwise to do something like this in the long run, but people forget (or never have) the fact that there is a vast PC modification community that is happy to risk PC hardware in their quest to create some seriously cool looking systems.
Or maybe try it, we’re not your mom
Was this build a stupid idea? We certainly don’t think so. People use all kinds of ill-advised fluids to experiment with water cooling solutions, most of which are not meant to be serious. The JayzTwoCents site includes a few videos of computers having the cooler replaced with milk, orange juice, and even beer.
So why replace the original coolant at all? Mostly because it’s just some silly fun, but you don’t really know what you might get stuck in, even when the experiences seem outrageous. One common premise in the mod community is to submerge a computer in mineral oil for better heat distribution, which is a messy system but works better than conventional air or water cooling if you can get it right. Then you have a computer that you can put in a fish tank, which is definitely a unique look (but please don’t add any live fish, be kind to your pets).
The PC mod community also doesn’t need to focus as much on improving performance as they do the raw aesthetics of their architectures. You can even buy custom-made coolant from trusted suppliers like CryoFuel that has micro-sheen, and almost all of them have a warning against using the fluid for display rather than everyday building builds because it can clog your system.
You can see crazy and impressive designs in shows like Computex (we last attended in 2019 and noticed some weird and wonderful PCs), and in the CoolerMaster Case Mod World series.
If you’re happy to take risks with your computer’s components, why not experiment a little? We certainly wouldn’t recommend fiddling with your single system, especially if it has expensive hardware like the RTX 3090 graphics card inside, but if you’re aware of the risks, this could be the prelude to a fun new hobby. Keep in mind that modifications will likely void your device’s warranty and do nothing truly Stupid is like setting your system on fire, but other than that – have some fun.