Once I have a whole new build I could care less what happens to my old one. I can't think of a single reason not to build it in an aquarium. Hilarious is hardly the word for it, I'm thinking awesome.
And done properly, an oil submerged system can last for years. http://www.pugetsystems.com/submerged.php
Also, Jarnis thanks again for your input. I lapped my heatsink and reapplied thermal compound and managed to get my cpu temps down to low 50's from low 70's. My 3dMark score went up to 3900, and Dragon Age is running great. Do you think lower temps yet will continue to improve the performance? At what temps does the heat start to affect my performance?
No. It sounds like your CPU was overheating before (which dropped the score due to CPU thermal throttling). Now that the temps are what they should, it is running as it should. Further temperature reduction will not bring extra performance.
It is a very on-off thing - either CPU thinks it is overheating and cuts back the speed a ton which then cools down the CPU and it switches back to full speed which again brings up the temperature over the limit and...
Once you are under the thermal limits all the time, CPU is running always at full throttle under load. "As good as it gets without replacing parts".