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Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by bpmcleod, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. bpmcleod

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    So I had to replace the motherboard in my system so I pulled my two video cards and cpu/hs off ( all on a watercooling loop) and put the new mobo down. After getting evrrything set back into place, I absent mindedly just turned thebpc on without leak testing it. Non of the joints were leaking from the maneuver so I figured it would be ok. After turning it on, the screen remained black ( most likely due to the motherboards bios being outdated because i had the same problem with my previous board which is almost identical) and so I looked down at the pc. I noticed water spewingb out of the ek sli link. I quickly pulled the power plug and drained the remaining power in the system by hitting the power button once more. My question is, any thoughts on to wethrr or not the bottom card and my psu are ok? They both had quite a lot of water on top of them but fortunately for me the card had a backplate catching the majority. I heard a alight wizziing noise like you would here from water hiting something with a current. I read elsewhere that fresh distilled wster shouldnt harm any components most likely unless pretty much submerged. The water wasnt leaking for more then 5 seconds and hasnt been in the system more then two days most of which has been powered off due to motherboard problems.

    Also sorry for the grammar. I'm typing from a galaxy with a crap keypad. Lol.
     
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    What coolant are you using??
    Ouch well there is a slim chance thorough dry and refit it should work fine.

    Really depends on coolant :eek:

    Edit: (saw distilled water) Ah well, should be ok, but you never know, I used Deionised in my loop to keep that risk even lower
     
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    Hi

    If you have not already done so *strip the bottom vga card and dry it, liquid has a habit of getting between the backplate and PCB.

    nb: lost a GTX 295 to a similar accident and did not think to do this

    atb (all the best)

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    I'm hoping with the minimal exposure they are ok. The noise I heard as I pulled the plug is all that concerns me. The bideo seems fine. I see no burn marks or anything on the card. I would prefer the psu go if onenof them is bad lol. Easier to replace a 230 $ psu then a 450 $ gpu lol. I havent opened the psu to find out. Gonna just blow a fan over them for a day or two and pray lol.
     
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    Already did so. Imma have di a cpu only loop anywayd. I think the mobo bios is outdated and won't accept my cards. Gonna put an old 550 ti in. Just don't feel like fighting the cpu block back on. Is there any other way to update the bios otherwise?
     
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    Turn it sideways and put any semi decent heatsink on top, use paste and make sure contact is good, place some weight on top or simply press down on it gently. update ;)
     
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    Imma just use the o nboard vga to update bios. Thought of it aftrr lol
     
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    So far so good. Waited roughly 20 hours on the video cards with them taken apart and sitting in fr ont of fans. They are both operational! Now waiting till tommorow to power on the psu. Don't feel like opening it up and making sure its drained so I have fans running into it 24/7 blowing and dryingb it out.
     
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    Distilled or deionized, it won't matter after a short time. The water will absorb some of the metal from your heatsinks and make it conductive again. The reason for using distilled or deionized water as opposed to tap water is to prevent hard water scale buildup on the heatsinks. The only way to keep the water nonconductive is to use a completely plastic system including plastic heatsinks, but that would eliminate any heat transfer as well. Using a nonpolar fluid like oil would be the only practical way to keep the coolant nonconductive while still using metal heatsinks.

    Still, I don't think water is that big of a deal. The biggest threat of a spill is shorting out components while they are running. Since you shut off the computer quickly, I doubt anything was damaged. As the previous posters have said, just thoroughly dry everything out and it should work fine. The biggest problem would be starting the components with water still in them.
     
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    Yeah i understand this, If he had only just filled the loop it won't have caused an issue ;)
    Maybe after 3-4hrs i'd think the conductivity would have increased sufficiently
     

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