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hello guys. i need input from my water cooling brothers.
i had my first coolant leak after 4 water builds. see photo:
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i built this r3e 1 year ago. over the last 5 months i noticed the coolant level in the res. was lower than when i built it. thinking.gif i opened up the case but didnt see any leaks. sunday morning i fired up my rig to play wot with my son and got the black/grayish screen of a dead video card.
i open the case,went right to the video card and saw a small puddle of coolant in the opening of the backplate. i powered down at once.
removed the card and found a few drops of coolant on the m/b at the rear of the pci ex slots down to the bottom of the case. mad.gif
i wiped the coolant off the m/b. i havent opened the video card yet. madsmiley.png.
all ssd,hdd, bdrom drives are safe. lower crossfired video card seems safe.
any input for cleaning m/b?
maybe even salvaging the video card?
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post #2 of 61
blow dryer for heat to help evaporate and compressed air from a can to blow out water from small crevices, make sure you get under things like caps and pci-e slots, ram slots etc... take your time, it will take awhile
 
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will the coolant leave a residue?
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if its a glycol based then yes it will be oily, you can get electronic contact cleaner or use Isopropyl alcohol first then the contact cleaner, iso alch absorbs water too, so it will help as well, but rubbing the board when these things are on them might wear off print and such so be careful and test on the back of the board or something.

you'll know if the water feels kinda oily, slippery when you rub your fingers together
 
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my gosh, thats so scary!! go luck
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this is a depressing. in february for my birthday my kids gave me (2) heatkiller 69x0 video cooling blocks with the slot bridge. i was very excited. if the m/b is good rolleyes.gif i will take a 6970 out of another rig to complete my crossfire. thumb.gif
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post #7 of 61
Whats your coolant?

If you remove anything that is attached with any sort of TIM you can toss the whole board in your dishwasher (heated dry off) and let it dry out for a few days.

If you don't want to do that, use alcohol and manually clean it very thoroughly.

If you've got any sort of luck at all, everything will be fine once cleaned and dry but BE SURE TO CLEAN AND DRY THOROUGHLY FIRST! It will leave a residue otherwise and cause all kinds of problems.
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post #8 of 61
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the coolant is hydrx by swiftech. (2) 2oz bottles mixed with 3 liters of distilled water.
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post #9 of 61
Anytime I see "coolant leak" I always think of Star Trek TNG. I know, nerd.

If you feel like you need to clean the board, you can use any high-alcohol content alcohol (IPA is probably the most common), and make sure to let it dry thoroughly before you try to use it again. When you think it's dry enough, let it dry some more. smile.gif
    
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post #10 of 61
I myself just resolved a coolant leak problem my buddy that was helping me finish putting my pc together over tightened a fitting and it leak tested fine but about 8 hours of use later it snapped off and the hose douched 90% of my case (didnt know there was a issue untill I heard the pump cav.) shut it off right away then I took it all apart and let it dry for a week wrapped in paper towels put back together and leak tested then ran and now shes fine tongue.gif p.s. I use distilled and a kill coil only if you where wondering
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