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Hey guys. Somehow I completely over looked one of the plugs on a ek full cover block for a gtx 570. Luckily nothing was plugged in. I was just filling the loop for the first time when I saw water leaking from the port I forgot to plug

Im pretty sure just a video card and a case fan got wet. I used distilled water for this.

Anyway, I got a fan blowing on it, and a 50 watt halogen bulb aimed at it.

How long should I wait before I attempt to power this rig on? I was going to wait 48 hours. Is that long enough?

Im positive my hardware is ok, but I want to keep it that way by not frying anything.

Any advice on how to speed up the drying process would also be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 21
48 hours minimum
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48 hours sounds great but, take a look in there just to makesure there is no moisture when you wanna turn it on.
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Put your video card in a container of uncooked rice.
Edited by Riou - 6/4/11 at 10:18pm
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Put your video card in a container of rice.
This...rice will draw the moisture out of anything.

I heard something about soaking it in rubbing alcohol then let it dry since alcohol kills moisture.
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48+ rice
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sorry to interupt, but is it ok to use hair dryer?? (2000w one)
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yeap.. the rice method definately worked, I am a living victim of wet components
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post #9 of 21
Be patient. Take the card and put it in a rice bag for a few hours. After that wipe the whole card down with alcohol (70+%) and q-tips. The alcohol should evaporate VERY quickly, and in the places it doesn't then that means water may still be in that area. Just wipe the area with moisture in it down 5-10 times. Then let it sit for a few hours. During the entire process let it sit for at least 48 hours.

Don't use a hair dryer, or before you do make sure you use VERY VERY low heat, and have the card on a flat surface. Do not leave the hair dryer on 1 spot, do circular motion around the entire area. Make sure you tin foil any sensitive parts ei plastic.
    
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post #10 of 21
The safe way would be 48 Hours, but i have never waited that long.

Just re-did my loop, and did not notice the water coming out of the cpu block when i was taking it apart. Had about 3-4 tablespoons of water down on my GPU. I took it out and used some paper to take away what was possible, then i left it in a bag of rice while i finished the build. 5 Hours later i powered the whole thing up and have been working like a charm for the last 3 weeks.
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