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Ok, straight to the point - 1) apologies if this is the wrong forum, but I looked around on the site and I believe this is the closest fit. 2) I'm a college student so I don't have the resources to test individual responses and do a bunch of diagnostics. 3) Yeah, I'm an idiot, I know...

So I spilled a cup of water all over my sig rig. The case is an Antec 900, so naturally 95% of the water went *into* the case through the big 140mm (or whatever it is) fan hole on top. I quickly turned off my computer and unplugged it, but I fear I was too late and I've short circuited some/everything... I have no idea if just my mobo is dead, my cpu is dead, RAM, gpu's, PSU, or all of the above (eek!).

The only troubleshooting I've been able to do thus far is that I've figured out that when I plug in the computer and turn on the PSU with the power switch on the back of the unit, the two power and reset LEDs on the mobo light up and I can hear a faint capacitor whine. Keep in mind that these LEDs light up before I push the power button on the case, and that the power/reboot buttons on the front of the case have no effect.

Luckily I do have very recent backups of my computer and the GPUs are 5 years old (but I love 'em). I'm typing this on my adorable Lenovo x120e, so all is not lost, but to reiterate- I don't have another desktop computer to hot swap parts and isolate which componenet(s) short-circuited.

For reference, my mobo's manual is here.

Any advice? Thanks, love you guys!
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post #2 of 33
Just leave it off for 48 hours +

Strip it down if you can and put rice over it and allow it to air.

Fingers crossed for you man! - There are tons of people that have had watercooling leaks their stuff has dried out fine.
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post #3 of 33
Your #1 mistake was (supposedly) turning the rig back on right after you dried it. Should've let it sit for at least 24 hours, with a fan blowing on it.
    
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post #4 of 33
the thing that can get wet the worse is the psu, make sure its super dry...don't run it when you think its still wet, they dry up fast under the sun...

a shorted psu can kill most of the components, dead psu killed ok parts lol, thats my experience..
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post #5 of 33
give it heat or leave it for 1-2 days.
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post #6 of 33
I doubt every component is dead but start with getting a multi-tester and checking the PSU, I see your case mounts it right at the bottom and I'm sure it got most of the water. If that checks out fine, your MOBO is definitely shot if it won't even turn on.
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post #7 of 33
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Thanks for the quick replies guys, I'm getting a fan blowing on it right away.
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post #8 of 33
Ya... powering it up was not a good idea. Even though the results were positive, dont do it again untill your sure all water evaporated.

Take the system out of the case and leave it in a static free area. If you cant, then open the case up and leave it open in a high air circulating environment.

Just take a break from gaming for a little bit... in hopes of gaming longer later!
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post #9 of 33
DISASSEMBLE IT ALL!! Strip the graphic card, strip the heat sinks on mobo and strip the PSU. One drop can kill it. Wait a couple days for it to dry out.
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post #10 of 33
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Ok, I've taken all the RAM sticks and graphics cards out with a fan blowing on it. I'll reassemble a minimal set (1 stick of RAM, 1 gfx card) in a few days and see what happens. Fingers crossed!
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