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I am still on my hunt to find the perfect GPU!

I found a listing on eBay where a guy had a XFX 5870 which was in pretty good condition cosmetic wise, but he said he had accidentally dropped it in his pool (don't ask me how he did it because I don't know). Honestly I think it was a WC (and I don't mean Washing Closet) accident, but who knows. It is on sale for about 25% of the price of a new one.

Is there anyway to save the card? He listed that he has not tested it after being dropped in the pool.

Would the "rice" method work like it works for cellphones and mp3 players?

The reason I am not posting a link is because one of the moderators told me there is a high chance I would just post my own link and I could get banned for advertisement.
Edited by ComradeNF - 4/27/11 at 9:05pm
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I say buy it and let it sit out in the open for 24-48 hours for good measure.

I saw a video of a guy washing his motherboard in his kitchen sink. He filled the sink with water and proceeded to wash his motherboard (an expensive, high-end board) as though it were a filthy dish with dried-on, burnt-on food. I mean, he not only had the motherboard completely submerged in very soapy water, but he was also scrubbing it with one of those brushes that has a handle and nylon/plastic bristles. It was extremely difficult to watch.

I can't remember how he dried it, but I think he used his oven.

The reason why he was cleaning it is because he had just finished using it for Liquid Nitrogen cooling or something and was getting ready to put everything back to normal.

The board worked perfectly afterward, and so I think the graphics card will still work too (I mean, I think this guy should keep his graphics card instead of selling it - but hey, his loss is your gain).
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As long as he didn't turn it on while it was still wet should be ok.
    
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Hmm...

I wouldn't trust that he hadn't tried it yet. He might have tried to air dry and threw it in too soon OR baked the card for too long and damaged it.


Have you thought about an HD 6950?
Edited by johonm333 - 4/27/11 at 9:14pm
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Hmm...

I wouldn't trust that he hadn't tried it yet. He might have tried to air dry and threw it in too soon OR baked the card for too long and damaged it.


Have you thought about an HD 6950?
Actually I was almost ready to buy it yesterday before I thought I should look at some more cards. I still think to myself "Do I really need it?". All I do these days is just browse the web. Its been a long time since I last game'd on my PC.
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I would buy it but let it sit for a few days. I buy "as is" junk from ebay all the time and 80% of it works.
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I say buy it and let it sit out in the open for 24-48 hours for good measure.

I saw a video of a guy washing his motherboard in his kitchen sink. He filled the sink with water and proceeded to wash his motherboard (an expensive, high-end board) as though it were a filthy dish with dried-on, burnt-on food. I mean, he not only had the motherboard completely submerged in very soapy water, but he was also scrubbing it with one of those brushes that has a handle and nylon/plastic bristles. It was extremely difficult to watch.

I can't remember how he dried it, but I think he used his oven.

The reason why he was cleaning it is because he had just finished using it for Liquid Nitrogen cooling or something and was getting ready to put everything back to normal.

The board worked perfectly afterward, and so I think the graphics card will still work too (I mean, I think this guy should keep his graphics card instead of selling it - but hey, his loss is your gain).
I saw that video, too. The reason it worked is because there was no electricity source. The reason water is so bad is because it conducts electricity so well and creates a short that fries the board/card. If there's no current, there's no short and there's no damage.

@OP: If you think he's being honest about just dropping it into the pool, it's very possible it will still work (the chlorine might be a problem). If it's a WC accident like you suspect, I would imagine the card is dead dead.

Oh, and if you do buy it and try to dry it, the oven will only work if it's not a gas oven. When natural gas burns it creates water vapor which isn't so helpful for drying a card. (It also makes your fried food less crispy if you need to keep it warm).
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I saw that video, too. The reason it worked is because there was no electricity source. The reason water is so bad is because it conducts electricity so well and creates a short that fries the board/card. If there's no current, there's no short and there's no damage.

@OP: If you think he's being honest about just dropping it into the pool, it's very possible it will still work (the chlorine might be a problem). If it's a WC accident like you suspect, I would imagine the card is dead dead.

Oh, and if you do buy it and try to dry it, the oven will only work if it's not a gas oven. When natural gas burns it creates water vapor which isn't so helpful for drying a card. (It also makes your fried food less crispy if you need to keep it warm).
I know that. So, my point is that if this seller dropped the graphics card in his pool, then it was just as harmless as the guy who essentially did the same thing with his motherboard.
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Really depends if hes telling the truth or not both my gpus have had water get on them while off and they work fine same with my board and hardrives. If its really cheap and you got the cash to waste then give it a shot.

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I say buy it and let it sit out in the open for 24-48 hours for good measure.

I saw a video of a guy washing his motherboard in his kitchen sink. He filled the sink with water and proceeded to wash his motherboard (an expensive, high-end board) as though it were a filthy dish with dried-on, burnt-on food. I mean, he not only had the motherboard completely submerged in very soapy water, but he was also scrubbing it with one of those brushes that has a handle and nylon/plastic bristles. It was extremely difficult to watch.

I can't remember how he dried it, but I think he used his oven.

The reason why he was cleaning it is because he had just finished using it for Liquid Nitrogen cooling or something and was getting ready to put everything back to normal.

The board worked perfectly afterward, and so I think the graphics card will still work too (I mean, I think this guy should keep his graphics card instead of selling it - but hey, his loss is your gain).
Lol you know that video was fake right well not fake but it was a server board that was dead and they showed them washing it but then showed it working because they had another server board just like it.
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25% off is not enough on a card thats not guaranteed to work, at least half of would be ok
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