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post #1 of 48
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Here I am, at dads factory, components in one hand, trigger to an industrial air compressor unit in the other. Cleaned my heatsink, PSU, graphics card and motherboard, all with no problem.
So I take the CPU out of the motherboard and notice there's some thermal grease stuck around the edges that I couldn't get off with a normal wipe. The jet is strong enough to push it off. So I'm there for a few minutes blasting away, having a merry old time, when all of a sudden, there's water in the air-line and the IHS of my precious Q9650 is covered in droplets of water.

I dried it with a tissue (the only thing I could find) and then blasted it with a dry air line for another few minutes.

What do I do now? Is it safe to use it, is it a write-off, or do I need to do something else (heat?) in order to make sure it's 100% dry?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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post #2 of 48
Ouch man that's really unfortunate. If it were me I'd definitely let it sit for at least a day or so. You never know if there's water left. Hopefully a member with some more knowledge about the subject can tell you if you might need to use heat and how to go about doing it (hairdryer?)
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It's fine, just make sure its completely dry before you put any electricity through it tongue.gif
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post #4 of 48
If it was only on the IHS and not the under-side (with the pin connection thingys) then it should be just fine.

Maybe let it dry for 24hrs just to be safe but I highly doubt you would have done any damage with a few dropplets of water on the IHS

So it should be fine
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post #5 of 48
I'll keep it out to dry personally. Then blast with some more heat on a medium heat setting. make sure the WHOLE CPU is covered with warmth. Do the pins too.
post #6 of 48
I would just leave it for a couple of hours to make sure it completely dry. And you can use a hair dryer - the CPU is obviously built to stand that heat.

I've spilled a lot of water on my motherboard and GPUs while assembling water-cooling, and they still work so I don't think your CPU is dead.

I wish I had access to a compressed though, my rig could do with a good blast. redface.gif
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blow dry it
    
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post #8 of 48
Believe it or not it's actually very rare that electronics are damaged by water when powered off.

I'd be willing to bet you could even submerge one of them under water for a few seconds and it might still work, so long as it was dried off pretty quickly.


Now introducing electronics to water while power is active is another thing...
    
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post #9 of 48
I split TIM cleaner on my CPU and socket when I had my old LGA 775 setup. Leave them to dry and it should still work.
post #10 of 48
Let it dry out completely. Like tudj said water isn't dangerous unless there is a current passing through it at the time.
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