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Please move this to where ever it should go, I just saw "General Hardware. For brand-independent discussion...questions that don't fit anywhere else" and I started typing.


...I am not having a good month.

My new cat I got Saturday, currently still living despite my better judgement, knocked over my 32oz instant coffee... some portion of which got into the case [Cooler Master 590] through the top. A piece of paper on top of the case diverted most of the spill, though it did poor down the front.

Luckily, it was unplugged at the time. Also lucky that I happened to have my GTX 260 in it instead of my HD5970 in the case at the time

So far as I can tell, what got wet was the front top fan, the GTX 260 [I'm sure some went into the card] and at least some of one HDD. There was a little coffee on the bottom of the case. The mobo doesn't look like it got hit, I don't see any streaks or stains, but I'm not sure about the RAM.

I'm going to let it fully dry for now, but is there anything else I should do?
Edited by thegreatsquare - 1/24/11 at 9:48am
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post #2 of 6
Just let it dry fully and you should be good to go. If your really concerned try and pick up some of the little absorber things from Lowes, and set them in your case and turn all the fans on.
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You can get something like this if your worried about left over residue. I used one similar (just different brand) to clean inside an old TV , the pcbs were full of tar and dust , worked like a charm.

http://www.alibaba.com/product-free/...ner_Spray.html

Here´s another one.
http://www.cpcares.com/TAE/puretronics/TAE-3800.html
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Pad it lightly (the fitting such as PCI-e buses) with kitchen paper and leave it in a cool, aired room for a day or two. It will be fine.
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Did you have sugar or milk in the coffee?

If so, don't even think about letting it sit. Unless you like mold and sticky goo, that is. I would disassemble the case and clean surfaces with a high percentage ISO alcohol or wipe with a damp cloth and let dry.

Instant coffee might be different than brewed grounds, but I wouldn't chance it. Everything that stays in there will only collect dust like glue anyways.
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post #6 of 6
Spray it down with distilled water to clean out the coffee(do you take cream and sugar?), then with denatured(or isopropyl) alcohol to displace the water.
    
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