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So I set up my first custom loop tonight, and one of my fittings dripped onto the paper tower I had set up on top of my video card while I was leak testing. I'm afraid that the top of the card may have gotten a little damp through the paper towel. I took all my tubing out and made sure once again all my fittings were tight, as I believe the culprit fitting became loose while I was putting on the tubing. It's been running for about 2 hours now, no leaks yet. I'm going to let it run today while I sleep.

Now do I need to do anything special before I power my system on for the first time, since the video card may have gotten a little damp? Obviously there was no power running to it when it happened, since luckily it happened while I was testing for leaks. Do I need to let it dry for like a few days before I fire it up, or clean the top of it with something? I'm using regular distilled water by the way.

Thanks for any help.
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Nothing bad should have happened, especially seeing as it wasn't powered on. I would leave it dry for 24 hours before you power it on though.
 
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I had a leak on to my 7970 while it was on. Just dried it off for 15 mins and popped it back in. Been fine ever sense.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by iMica View Post

I had a leak on to my 7970 while it was on. Just dried it off for 15 mins and popped it back in. Been fine ever sense.

I'd say it is better not to risk it though.
 
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First, since you're using distilled water, you should be fine, since the water shouldn't have any ions to conduct electricity.. HOWEVER, even distilled water can still have trace amounts of ions to conduct electricity, as such, to be safe, give it adequate time to dry before powering on. A few hours should be fine unless you're in some unusually humid environment. Overnight if you're really worried.

Other than that, you should be fine. People put motherboards in the dishwasher to clean em. Just gotta let it dry. thumb.gif
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Yeah, it's going to be leak testing for 24 hours before I power it on. I'm paranoid like that.

Thanks for the input and reassurance, hopefully by this time tomorrow I'll be enjoying some nice temps.
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If your using distilled water, and testing with the computer off.. you could probably pour a gallon of it on your computer and then wait a week and your computer would work. Chances of damage are almost 0 with a drop.

I usually tilt the computer a bit, and move tubes around, while testing. It shouldn't leak when things are bumped or moved around.
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if you have problems with leaking at the barbs use cable binders to make the tube sit tighter at the blocks / res / rad

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Quote:
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If your using distilled water, and testing with the computer off.. you could probably pour a gallon of it on your computer and then wait a week and your computer would work. Chances of damage are almost 0 with a drop.

I usually tilt the computer a bit, and move tubes around, while testing. It shouldn't leak when things are bumped or moved around.

lol i can almost confirm that when i switched to my 1/2 3/4 tubing the peice between my gpus leaked everything i put in my loop out when i jumped the pump all over my 2nd 7970 and motherboard lol. I used compressed air and paper towels and in about a hr powered it up everything ran fine.
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