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Hello all,

I have a crazy question to ask y'all:

Would it harm my brand new CPU (an Intel Gulftown i7-980) to cool it using just water and water ice just long enough to verify a good mobo POST during an external check while prepping a new build?

I propose to cool the CPU thusly: When I'm ready to apply power to the mobo for the first time (just to check to see if it POST's), I'd like to apply two drops of water to the exposed surface of the mounted CPU. I would then carefully lay a 4" x 4" square of Saran wrap over the water, ensuring that there are no trapped bubbles. I would then apply about six drops of water to the top of the Saran wrap, right over the CPU. I would then add a few small water ice chips to the six drops of liquid water.

I would then apply power to the mobo just long enough to verify a good POST. I would then disconnect all power to the mobo, remove the Saran wrap, dry off the CPU, and, presuming a good POST, install the Intel CPU cooler IAW the pertinent installation instructions.

If you care to know the reasons behind this proposed thrash, please read on....

I bought the mobo (an Asus P6X58D Premium) from an online vendor (not Newegg or Tiger Direct). It was advertised as new. However, when I got the shipment, the item showed lots of evidence of being on "open box" item. Thus, I'm a bit suspicious. I don't want to go through the hassle of mounting the CPU cooling system, just to discover that the mobo needs to be returned.

Thoughts? Suggestions?
post #2 of 31
Try aluminum foil. Saran wrap would just melt.
post #3 of 31
That sounds like a bad idea.

A. The plastic melts and water everywhere..

B. You need mounting pressure.

Just get a stock cooler.
Edited by andrewmchugh - 10/15/11 at 10:27am
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post #4 of 31
Installing the stock cooler would actually be a lot simpler... All it uses is a few pins and no screws or backplate (unless the 980 comes with the extreme edition cooler, I don't know about this one. Still easier to mount it though). And if you didn't get what you bought, why don't you just return it?
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A part of me wanted to tell you to just go ahead and do it but...

NO
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post #6 of 31
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Originally Posted by andrewmchugh View Post
That sounds like a bad idea.

A. The plastic melts and water everywhere..

B. You need mounting pressure.

Just get a stock cooler.
he probably doesnt want to have to reapply TIM
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post #7 of 31
I wouldn't risk it you might... get condensation on your water-block your best bet for water "chilling" is to get a chiller that way you can control how cold your CPU gets. if you want to test if it posts thought might as well use that $5 junk they give you with the cooler
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I agree
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post #9 of 31
Your CPU will heat up so fast it will be too late. I would never try this, especially on a 980. This is a recipe for disaster. The plastic wrap will melt for sure. Tin foil could leak.
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post #10 of 31
Use the stock cooler with TIM thats all.

Dont even screw it down just hold it down with a little bit of pressure from your hands....

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