Water Cooling System

Jeef

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Hello computer-forum
Last weekend, I build a custom water cooling system for my computer, but it has a hole in the tube. So the water drips down on my graphic card. And now my computer shows me a blue screen. After this blue screen my pc goes down and I can't restart it.
I don't want to start my pc again at the moment, because I am afraid that I destroy my complete computer when I start it
I want to ask you, if it is possible that I can clean it or try to dry it for 2 days and it works again?
Thank you for fast support and good advices
 

AMD_man

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If your PSU has overcurrent protection them your card probably didn't suffer much. Try cleaning it and drying it and see what happens. Don't boot it again if it still has liquid.
 
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Ah the perils of liquid cooling. Air almost never drips.
Give it a couple days to completely dry (putting a fan blowing across it helps). And check what you need to replace.
 

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It's unusual for a leaking custom loop to cause component damage. You're supposed to use either distilled water and an anti-fungal (e.g. PT Nuke) or other specialist cooling fluids that are non-conductive (e.g. nanofluids).

GPUs and motherboards both (usually, if they're modern) feature aggressive over-current protection that should stop you from blowing anything up.

Some fluids that claim to be anti-conductive just aren't, it's important to buy reputable fluid. If you're just using normal undistilled water in your loop, you've probably baked it! It's the impurities in water, not the water it's self, that are conductive.

Does your GPU have a backplate? Things like this are why backplates should be featured on ALL cards. if not, it's possible you've shorted something on the back of the card depending where on it the fluid landed.

I'd remove the card and place it somewhere dry for 24-48 hours then try it again. If your card has dual BIOS, it might be worth flicking it over as well.
 
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It's unusual for a leaking custom loop to cause component damage. You're supposed to use either distilled water and an anti-fungal (e.g. PT Nuke) or other specialist cooling fluids that are non-conductive (e.g. nanofluids).

GPUs and motherboards both (usually, if they're modern) feature aggressive over-current protection that should stop you from blowing anything up.

Some fluids that claim to be anti-conductive just aren't, it's important to buy reputable fluid. If you're just using normal undistilled water in your loop, you've probably baked it! It's the impurities in water, not the water it's self, that are conductive.

Does your GPU have a backplate? Things like this are why backplates should be featured on ALL cards. if not, it's possible you've shorted something on the back of the card depending where on it the fluid landed.

I'd remove the card and place it somewhere dry for 24-48 hours then try it again. If your card has dual BIOS, it might be worth flicking it over as well.
Distilled water does conduct electricity. At room temperature, it contains 10-7 M each of H+ and OH-. These charged particles conduct electricity. Of course salty water, with many more ions, conducts better.

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I never lost components to AIOs either. THAT is not the point.

The heat pipes on HSFs have liquid, not just vapour. That's all.
Some do, some don't.
 
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I stopped using water for cooling ages ago. Modern components are being made so much more efficient that the need for it has passed. It was useful at one time when CPUs and GPUs were power hogs that got very hot with mild overclocking. Now for competitive overclocking refrigerants and gases are used instead of water and liquids and for most users the built in turboboost is more than sufficient for workflow optimization. Most CPUs can no longer be overclocked as they are locked and the enthusiast lines are built with turbo.

Make certain the system is totally dry (wait a few days) before powering up again and it may work ok for you.
Water doesn't hurt electronics, and in manufacturing they often get a water bath. It's water AND electricity that can kill components.
 
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