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Hey i'd like to know what are the chances of damaging components when watercooling? If you dont mind please say how long you've been watercooling for and if you have had any components damaged, and how you think it happened.
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Hey i'd like to know what are the chances of damaging components when watercooling? If you dont mind please say how long you've been watercooling for and if you have had any components damaged, and how you think it happened.

 

Water-cooling for well over 3 years now and never damaged a component. My biggest recommendation is to have extra fittings, tubing, and distilled water on hand so you can try different loop orders and implementing a fill and drain port.

As long as you take your time installing the blocks, you should be fine. Keep everything clean and use a anti-static wrist strap and non-conductive mat when working as a safety precaution.
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Well said.

I've been on water for about 10 years now. One thing I highly recommend is getting a plug for a power supply that jumps the 2 pins so you can use the PSU for running the pump and making sure everything is nice and sealed up before ever putting power to your system. Or buy a external 12v power supply to run things, which is sometimes nicer if the unit has a selectable voltage switch like mine going from 3v, 4.5v, 6v, 7.5v, 9v, 12v. That way you can test fans at different speeds or run your pump a little slower when filling the loop so you can add coolant as it pulls it from the res and you don't have to keep stopping to fill.

When taking off stock coolers, just TAKE YOUR TIME and BE CAREFUL!! Make sure you don't stress the pcb and just snug the screws, you aren't locking down a wheel to your car LOL. Test your blocks fitment FIRST before final mounting. Use some cheap TIM on the spots where it calls for and after cutting the thermal pads to size, use some left overs in small piece's on the places it calls for, then mount the water block lightly and then take it off and see that everything is making good contact. You don't want to smoke something because a block was made wrong and doesn't cool part of your expensive gpu's. This can save you a lot of headache and also will end up giving you the best thermal performance in the end. You won't be wondering why your gpu is running at 55c when you see others with the same stuff running at 35c thumb.gif

Soft tubing, make sure you don't kink it!! That will never play well. Always make bends with the tubes natural bend from off the spools, that will help not kink it. Heat up a cup of water in a microwave if you need and soak the ends of your tubes before trying to fit over your fittings. Sometime it's hard to get them on and if you put a cpu block on and then try to press the tubes on the fittings you could be putting lots of pressure on the cpu socket and damage it, bend pins, or worst. I always make sure to at least soak those 2 ends so they go on nice and easy. Only need to soak them for 10sec or so and you'll be good, you don't want the tube to turn into a mushy mess and then not seal lol. Measure TWICE, cut ONCE, will save you money. Start with your longest run and work your way to your shortest, you will use less tube that way and if you cut something a little too short in the beginning, you are likely to be able to use it next on a shorter run.

DO NOT USE TAP WATER for coolant, buy some distilled water. Around me you can get a gallon of distilled for $1 - $2 at a local store. Don't use food coloring for dye lol, it will grow bacteria and then you'll have issues. Buy good additives or coolants that are proven to be good.

Follow some good practice's and you will love water cooling. Once you see the after effects, you will never want to be on air again, no matter how many fans a company puts on their aftermarket coolers. I have been on water for around 10 years like I said and it's the best thing IMHO. It's a lot of fun once it's done and you see the results.

Moral to the story, I HAVEN'T DAMAGED A THING tongue.gif

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post #4 of 11
Don't chip the corner of your CPU or GPU with the water block.

I've unfortunately done both.
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Was your CPU delidded? Did you notice what exactly went wrong when you chipped the die?

I have had CPU and motherboard die on me. Can't really tell what I did wrong - put everything together (custom loop installed), powered up, the system worked for 20 minutes, turned off, and never came back on. Motherboard and CPU confirmed dead by swapping components in and out with another working PC. That sucked.

The most stupid thing, half-killed D5 waterpump by offsetting its control header by 1 pin (it fits this way!) That was dumb.
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The CPU's I killed were back in the day of Athlons and Durons. They didn't have "lids."

The GPU was much more recent. A GTX 970.
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Oh, yes. Back in those days that happened a lot more often than now... rolleyes.gif

I'm a bit paranoid every time when I re-mount waterblocks on my Titan Blacks. I want them to be in one piece as long as possible. biggrin.gif
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Hey i'd like to know what are the chances of damaging components when watercooling? If you dont mind please say how long you've been watercooling for and if you have had any components damaged, and how you think it happened.

Hmmm, been water cooling for about 3 years. Punctured 2 radiators, which were thankfully easy to fix with a soldering iron. Killed 1 pump. May or may not have killed a graphics card. (Messed up a seat with liquid metal TIM, so not really relevant to liquid cooling since it could have happened with an air sink.) might be repairable, don't know haven't messed with it.)

I've had 3 leaks once built, no components killed from them. Just jump an external power supply and hook your pump up to that, and let it sit for a couple hours. That'll tell you if you have any leaks right off the back. If you do have a leak, and it's a worst case scenario leak everything gets coated in liquid but nothings on so nothing is harmed. Just dry it out and move on. Or if you want to be professional about it you can always run an air pressure test. More about that from this thread: http://www.overclock.net/t/1534282/how-to-correctly-leak-test-your-loop-101

Don't pay mind to the liquid cooling horror stories, for every story there are hundreds of others who don't have a story because they've never had an issue.

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I think I've been water cooling for about 3 years now. No components destroyed but I've taken a lot of time mounting things and testing thoroughly before firing up a rig. I also do periodic visuals to see if anything is amiss. What Hambone said about mounting blocks using cheap tim is advice I wish I would have had. +1 rep for that. I have a pair of GTX670's with XSPC blocks on them that I'm not happy about but they work decently and haven't given me any reason to remount. Honestly for me the mounting is no different than air. It's the leaks you need to watch for and if you air pressure test first then you will have a peace of mind that is worth the extra step.
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None in my 13 years.

I chipped few GPUs with the old universal GPU blocks, but in the past ten years no damage due to water leak and I have watered down several components due to mishaps (sloppiness) tongue.gif
    
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