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Originally Posted by xHighAlert;13781919 
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...

Indeed. While water and electronics are definitely not a good mix, assuming there was no current while it was wet, it is highly unlikely that a little moisture will ruin the part itself. Just make sure that it is fully dry before you try to get it running.
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wait at least a day for best practice
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FYI, I just washed my new X58-OC MOBO in the sink the other day, I waited 4 days for it to dry but that was a complete soaking. You CPU is fine, toss it in and fire it up.
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If you want to be sure, let it dry for however long you feel safe, but if it was just on the top of the IHS, it's fine.

As others have said, water doesn't do a thing to electronics, unless it's powered on at the time. There's videos on Youtube where people wash motherboards in sinks, and even whole PCs (sans hard drive and PSU) in dishwashers.

Of course, there's some arguable factors involved there as well, such as impurities and mineral deposits from normal water left behind, or oxidization if it's not dried quickly, but in general, it's not the end if water so much as touches it. With motherboards, you need to ensure the battery is removed as well.



http://www.badcaps.net/forum/showthread.php?t=1463

I think I even saw someone doing it to an X58 motherboard on Youtube, so it's not just older stuff it's done with. I think this stuff even gets a wash/bake to clean the soldering off when it's made.

I wouldn't recommend doing it for it's own sake, but water and electronics aren't a bad mix unless current is passing through it. I am researching more on this to perhaps clean an old motherboard and video card from a PC that's infested with a huge smoke smell and film. I've put my keyboard in the dishwasher (a cheap Microsoft one), and it worked fine. The key is making sure it's it dry, and that you take precautions.
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Here is the link to mine in the sink http://www.overclock.net/13543848-post263.html
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What I see the biggest problem being, is the industrial air hose using an air gun/chuck, they are normally regulated to 90psi, but I know many shops that regulate there air pressure higher, 110 to 120psi.

These air lines are not filtered air, and are full of particles and impurities, oil being 1 of which.

Thats what I'd be more worried about.
But it's really all nil at this point, cause it's done!
As many others have said, just let it dry, for a day, then install it and see if it works. Thats all you can do, and hope for the best!

Next time use a Q-tip!
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You shouldn't have to go through a bunch of stuff like that man, but better safe than sorry I guess. A friend spilled an entire beer down into my case when it was lying flat one night with the side case off. The computer was even turned on at the time. I let it sit, powered off of course, over night. Placed a fan over it for about 4 hours and fired it up, worked with no problems. Put the cpu in front of a fan or a very small heat source with a blower for a few hours to be sure and you should be fine.
Working for a small shop, my boss tipped a 2liter of MountainDew on a running system, yes with the case on its side. He immediately pulled the plug but it got drenched. Still worked, tho, I used it for 6 months everyday! Very hard to pull out or insert the PCI devices or RAM lol
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post #28 of 48
Do NOT seat it and turn the computer on. Just blow dry it for ~10 minutes, and let it sit for a few hours, 24 if you want to be completely safe.
post #29 of 48
I look at it like this. Would you worry about an extension cord that was not plugged in getting wet? No you would let it dry and use it with out thought.

Though before you go putting your motherboard in the dishwasher to clean it off remember that capaicotrs can hold a charge for while and there are parts that water can seep into.
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post #30 of 48
Manufactures wash PCB's and semiconductors in water so I'm sure a couple of drops won't do any damage, just let it sit for a day to make sure their is no moisture left.
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