drenched video card

Discussion in 'Extreme and Water Cooling' started by Madchimp, May 11, 2020.

  1. Madchimp

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    So I purchased a s/h GPU with a waterblock, off the forums, and it arrived today. Only thing is, it clearly still had coolant in the block, and the card is drenched.

    Am I right in assuming that, so long as I leave it a few days to dry, that it'll be right to use?

    Only asking in here, as no doubt some people have had similar issues :)
     
  2. spit051261

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    I would use a hairdryer on it
    Should be fine
     
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  3. mareke

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    I'd probably clean it with a paint brush dipped in metho to clean off the coolant residue & let it dry.
     
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    Split water over mine from the cooler , 20 minutes under mild heat from hairdryer and good to go
    I did the same as you .
     
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    Thanks guys. I kinda knew it'd be fine, but had the tinge of doubt lol
     
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    Have had plenty of hardware get very wet in my years. A good going over with a hairdryer and 24 hours airing out is usually enough. You can go over it with some isopropyl to make sure everything has evaporated off and no corrosion is left behind also.
     
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    I was going to suggest Isopropanol mate, that or Contact Cleaner (or Hexane) is what I usually use to de-water electronics.

    You only really need to remove any potential conductive 'bridges', the rest is cosmetic.

    If you use an alcohol last you don't need the hairdryer, if you use a solvent last you don't want the hairdryer :p
     
  8. spit051261

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    Unfortunately, I had neither of those chemicals to hand and I wanted it working yesterday so used what was at hand and it worked ok .....hairdryer.
     
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    +1 for avoiding hairdryer u can bake whatever is in the coolant onto the surface- distilled water mixed with mostly IPA should carry away most of the crap. brush with a soft toothbrush (distilled water+alcohol) if anything is stained - also can potentially damage the card with excessive heat just be careful and itl be fine
     
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    That's why I said " mild heat".
     
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    having a can of electronics cleaner on hand is a good thing to do going forward. you can get it at Jaycar, it's cheap.
     
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    I would be very careful - just so long as it is not an IONIC hairdryer - they have a tendency to fry electricals
     
  13. spit051261

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    My Mrs got a top of the range all singing and dancing thing , for some reason :confused:
    Anyway, you can take the temps right down .
    Don't think she would have been too happy if she caught me blow drying my GPU with her pride and joy .
    It's up to the OP .
    I can only relay what worked for me .
     
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    just get some bloody electronics cleaner and an anti-static brush, it dries almost instantly no raiding the mrs hair dryer necessary.
     
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    Yep +1000, electronic cleaning solvent has rectified more old and new electronics problems than I'd ever thought it could have.

    Bunnings do it now too, WD40 have a variant of it in a bigger can.
     
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    this one time my tyre went flat in my car and i used jbweld and some t-shirt off-cut to patch it right up I didn't have any fancy Tyre repair kit- i can only recommend whats worked for me.

    not tryin to throw shade just giving op perspective- IMO wash the potentially corrosive gunk off the card- It might work short term if u let it dry but if u resell it the next guys gonna be cryin
     
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    Ye whatever.
    This happened with my kingpin and it worked fine .
    In out of here
     
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    Mate one day I had stripped down for a leak and I made the mistake of borrowing a nail file to rub away a burr:

    "DON'T YOU HAVE A SHED FULL OF TOOLS FOR THESE THINGS!?!"

    "Yeah, but that's all the way over there in the pissing rain. It's clean plastic, won't hurt - five seconds"

    "I USE THAT ON MY FINGERNAILS, I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU'D USE IT ON YOUR DIRTY COMPUTER BITS"

    "The water from my computer is cleaner than whatever's going on under your nails"

    A rare win for Juzz.


    Hey Tim, how'd you ever get on with that water-damaged 980Ti Classy you picked up from me? Did it ever give you any love? Also, long time no see mate :thumbup:
     
  19. havabeer

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    i'd be concerned someone sold you a card that got wet and not even tell you
     
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    its never a win. Just a delayed loss.
     
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