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post #11 of 40
I'm going to vote not condesation.

its probably happening off and on either due to....

A. Pressure
B. Movement in the line from the pump
C. Temperature

I think Temperature is likely your issue but not in the form of condensation.

as your lines either get warmer or cooler and the ambient temperature change's I'd imagine the lines are shrinking and swelling causing your line to leak.

Edit: someone beat me to it.
post #12 of 40
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Originally Posted by boom50cal View Post
Second this, a tube of silicone for a caulking gun is pretty cheap.
How would I apply it? Just on the barb it's self (wouldn't that make the barb ultra hard to get off) or on the tubing? Guides plox.

Also would it require entire disassembly.


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Originally Posted by Amw86 View Post
I'm going to vote not condesation.

its probably happening off and on either due to....

A. Pressure
B. Movement in the line from the pump
C. Temperature

I think Temperature is likely your issue but not in the form of condensation.

as your lines either get warmer or cooler and the ambient temperature change's I'd imagine the lines are shrinking and swelling causing your line to leak.

Edit: someone beat me to it.
That line has a super tight clamp on it. What would I do to stop this then??
post #13 of 40
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Got another drip.. guys I am stressing here I have no idea what to do..

My dad came over again today and looked at it with me and he keeps saying that it is indeed condensation. (Nice having family close).

Then everyone here is saying that it isn't. I just want to get it stopped. How do I start to fix this?
Edited by Live_free - 2/5/11 at 6:32pm
post #14 of 40
Yeah it's impossible that it's condensation. Could the water be coming from the fins on the radiator? If it is you may have damaged the radiator. '

Another possibility is that you crossthreaded the fittings when you installed them?

Actually, if you filled the loop with very cold water it could be condensation, but I still doubt it.
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post #15 of 40
charlie, you and I both know, that the cpuand gpu are going to heat the water up past the point of causing condensation excessively quick, even if its cold ass water. I'd go with what you just suggested if anything
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post #16 of 40
Sounds like a small leak to me as well.

As for moisture-proofing, it's a good idea whenever you have the potential for coolant to get onto something in your system. I use clear dielectric grease to place a light film or coat wherever I suspect a leak or condensation will drip. You don't need a glob of it, just be sure a complete film is in place and it will seal the component from the water. Easy to clean too since a can of circuit board cleaner will easily remove it if need be.

I suggest this method since it's saved my stuff on several occasions. Had my CPU block leak directly onto the back/top of my videocard with no ill-effects, even though the coolant was literally pooling up on it while it was running.
As for my boards, it has also saved them from an early death too. Anytime you have water/coolant being used with electrical components, doesn't hurt to take steps for avoiding a disaster, whether it's the way I've done or by some other means.
As to where it would probrably leak and drip, it's normally the low point of a loop/tubing you'll see it drip from but also from around and directly from cooling blocks. I have ran chilled water (Ice water) through my setup many times and from observation, this is the tendency I've seen.

If possible, you can reduce the condensation effect by somehow dehumidifying the air in the room. If outdoors or a place where you don't have good control over ambient conditions, good luck.
Edited by Kryton - 2/5/11 at 7:04pm
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post #17 of 40
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Yeah it's impossible that it's condensation. Could the water be coming from the fins on the radiator? If it is you may have damaged the radiator. '

Another possibility is that you crossthreaded the fittings when you installed them?

Actually, if you filled the loop with very cold water it could be condensation, but I still doubt it.
I think it is coming off the fins... so dammit. But I looked and didn't see any water.


Looks like the money pit is growing ever larger. Wish I could just turn back time and not even buy this **** is just about how stressed I am.
Edited by Live_free - 2/5/11 at 7:23pm
post #18 of 40
Pretty sure its a dammaged rad cause you cant have condensation unless your rad is outdoors and a large temp change. You might not be able to see it all the time because maybe the x20 pump is varrying in speed and when it pushes the water faster you see it when its slower flow you do not. You might be able to repair the rad if you can locate the hole and either solder it or put some jb weld on it to fix it silicon would work to probly.
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post #19 of 40
My minor bit here. I too doubt that it's condensation. Unless you have a humidifier in your room, what the point, living in Seattle, I doubt that it's condensation. I've put the inside of my house up to 40% (humidity) in the winter & the only thing that condensates is a leaky window.

I'd really be looking at taking the rad out, pressure testing over time, try plumbers grease (better a new o-ring), then even silicone it before I'd think it was condensate.
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post #20 of 40
Is the rad outside?

If yes, possible condensation

if no, not condensation.


The surface needs to be colder than the air for condensation to form
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