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How NOT to watercool your PC (Old but funny)

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DO NOT WATERCOOL YOUR PC like this guy did.

Here is the first post, but the posts after are hillarious too.

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I decided this weekend to try and quiten my PC by following some other members lead and going down the water cooling road. The fans on my PC were really starting to drive me mad

The first thing that I did was to remove all the fans. The one on the processor and graphics card were no problem but the one in the power unit was a bugger to get out.

The most difficult part was sealing all the ventilitation openings in the PC case with silicon. I also put silicon all around the joints on the PC case. The smell of silicon was dreadful but when my wife complained I told her to be patent as it will be worth it when we have a completely silent PC.

Because I had completely sealed the PC case the only opening near top was the DVD drive. So I opened that and put the small hose I had purchased specially for the job into the DVD drive as far as it would go. With what I can only describe as great excitement and anticipation, I turned on the water. It really is amazing just how long it took before the case was complete full, and boy was it heavy. That didn't really bother me as I didn't intend to be moving the PC anyway.

The big moment had arrived so I called in my wife and mother in law (who was visiting) and I announced "prepare to hear nothing!" and flicked the switch on the socket on the wall.

Before I could even press the power button on front of the PC, with a loud bang, the whole place was plunged into darkness

I knew that it was only the tripswitch so I told my onlookers not to panic and I ran out to the hall to turn the trip switch back on. But can u believe it, it wouldn't stay on. After five attempts I decided to try unplugging the PC and would you believe...yes the trip switch stayed on. My conclusion: the PC must have in some way been causing the problem.

After about an hour of tries I finally decided to abandon the whole idea of water cooling and emptied the water out of the PC, put back in the fans (except the fan in the power unit, I had broken that one getting it out) and tried the pc AGAIN. IT STILL CAUSED THE TRIP SWTICH TO BLOW!

My PC is completely shagged thanks to stupid suggestions that I got on this forum. What the hell am I going to do now. I spent two hours last night with a hair drier inside the PC case and it still trips the switch.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated

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post #2 of 52
yeah yeah, he got pwned..

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post #3 of 52
Wow. That guy really shouldn't be allowed to do that sort of thing. Makes me want to build idiot-proof PCs (no utilities, no way to open the case, no media for a re-install, just a fat warranty).
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nice lots of smiles with that 1
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post #5 of 52
LOLLLLROLF...that guy is a real plank..really what overcomes these people when they think its a good idea to just pour water all over electronic components and cut them in half...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by laboitenoire View Post
Wow. That guy really shouldn't be allowed to do that sort of thing. Makes me want to build idiot-proof PCs (no utilities, no way to open the case, no media for a re-install, just a fat warranty).
Dell already tries to do that. They parition 10GB out of your HD for the OS image.
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post #7 of 52
What a noob, he didn't have a return line
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post #8 of 52
so is this like something that someone actually did on this forum? lol
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He deserved it, who remove's the PSU, CPU, and GPU Fan when they are going water cooling? You just remove the HSF on your Processor and Graphics Card and mount blocks...
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post #10 of 52
Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Dell already tries to do that. They parition 10GB out of your HD for the OS image.
I wouldn't even do that.

However, theoretically, it is possible to actually do what he tried. For those who paid attention in chemistry the day they had "the lightbulb tester" lesson (what it's known as at my school), 100% pure water (a.k.a distilled) is for all purposes non-conductive. It'll become conductive when ions dissociate in it (i.e you pour in 25g of NaCl [table salt]), or if you just leave it out on the counter for a while (not because anything dissolves, but because a small portion of the water molecules themselves ionize). Once this happens, it becomes conductive.

So if you can keep ions from dissolving in the water, you could potentially just submerge everything. However, let's just say there's a lot of ions out there.
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