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Came home from work yesterday evening, and in the mail was the last piece before I was done with my computer for a while.. The one simplest piece there was, my Yate Loon for my RX120.

Without hesitation or waiting I screwed it right in, everything seemed perfectly fine. Boot up, everything is all well, until my screen goes nuts and my heart sank as I instantly knew what it was. I slammed the power off on the PSU and pulled out the cord faster than ever before.

As I reached my hand into my case, and laid my hand upon the top of my video card, every water coolers nightmare was suddenly a reality.. I felt water. Instantly I drained everything, applied towels where they needed to be applied, pulled the GPU out, and etc.. There was quite a substantial amount of water spilled onto it..

What had happened was the seller shipped me the wrong size fan.. Instead of the standard size, this yate was about quarter of an inch thinner.. Not seeing this or expecting it I screwed it in as usual. And that damn quarter of an inch was just enough to puncture the rad.

Water had began to slowly drip onto my gpu.. Luckily it ONLY got onto my gpu.. either way, that's $450 + $50 ( the rad) gone into the trash because of my own stupid mistake..

I dried off the gpu instantly and I have it now sitting in rice, but I doubt thats going to do the trick.. I believe the damage has already been done..

I was going to order a RX360 to switch out my RS240 and RX120 for, in a few months.. but ended up having to do it last night...

Now I get to wait until Friday until the new rad comes in.. Until then I'm leaving my gpu in rice, and letting it dry.. maybe just maybe I'll be lucky, although I doubt it.

Long story short, Literally just finished, or was about to finish my computer this week, on the finishing touch, it leaked and now I get to wait another whole week without it

Thats a $500 dollar lesson I never want to learn again..
Edited by antonr90 - 8/16/11 at 1:48pm
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post #2 of 26
You're not going to like this, but it should be said.

Yates come in 20mm and 25mm. At the end of the day, it's not anyone else that you put a screw into your rad. Before putting the screw in, measure twice, etc.

In the future, run your loop w/o power before going live, it'll prevent something like this from happening again. I hope your damages are limited to just the ego. Will keep my fingers crossed for you.
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You're not going to like this, but it should be said.

Yates come in 20mm and 25mm. At the end of the day, it's not anyone else that you put a screw into your rad.

In the future, run your loop w/o power before going live, it'll prevent something like this from happening again. I hope your damages are limited to just the ego. Will keep my fingers crossed for you.
I didn't say it wasn't my fault. Its completely my fault and I am a moron for not checking the size. I don't blame anyone but my self

So no offense taken. If anything, make an example of my stupidity.

As for testing the loop without power. I was in the mindset of, "oh I just changed a fan, what could possibly go wrong?" I wish I would have noticed that it was the 20mm version..
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Its a common mistake, they really should include a stop cap for screws or another layer of metal to prevent this - add a few dollar premium on top of it if they really need to.

I had something similar happen to me when I was trying to drill bigger screw holes in my rs360, I gave it a little too much force and the drill bit when straight through the radiator. Needless to say I pissed myself a little, but in the end the drill bit only when through the fins and not the actual pipes.
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WC is not a walk in the park. I am sorry that the most common mistake happened to you when screwing the fan on rad.

Next time RTFM! And look at the measures.
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Its a common mistake, they really should include a stop cap for screws or another layer of metal to prevent this - add a few dollar premium on top of it if they really need to.

I had something similar happen to me when I was trying to drill bigger screw holes in my rs360, I gave it a little too much force and the drill bit when straight through the radiator. Needless to say I pissed myself a little, but in the end the drill bit only when through the fins and not the actual pipes.
You're never supposed to put a drill to a radiator. Ain't cha heard of a tap before?
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the gpu might not be dead mate.
i had condensation dripping off the cpu rentention bracket onto the back of the primary 470,god knows how long for,but an overclock too far and i reached into the case for the reset cmos button and i peeked a puddle!
both gpu's still work though
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Yeah I've heard of people having a lot worse situations and after letting things dry properly for a few days them working without an issue.. I sure hope that by the time Friday comes around that's the surprise that I get, and not a different surprise which has to do with me going to the store and spending $450 on a new card..
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Get one of these if you can't make it yourself.

http://www.jab-tech.com/24pin-power-...e-pr-3597.html
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Get one of these if you can't make it yourself.

http://www.jab-tech.com/24pin-power-...e-pr-3597.html
I have one already. Like I said earlier, I wasn't expecting to puncture anything.. Obviously I leaked tested after setting up the actual loop itself.

Just switching a fan usually doesn't require more leak testing..
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