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So I got my sig rig under water. Leak tested for 2 days - no leaks. Got my computer up and running. Still got this issue with noisy pump that I am trying to work out with XSPC.
This being my first water cooling endeavor, back of my mind I have this thought what if I do spring a leak? Just a trickle? What can I do to minimize the damage?

Looking at my loop, I can see that CPU may not be in harm's way because of its location. Any leak or drip will flow down away from it. The hard drives are somewhat protected from any leak because of where they reside - unless a hose completely bust. No matter which way I look, I probably cannot save the motherboard if the leak is at the CPU block or if there is a trickle down the hose from the radiator to the CPU. That leaves us with the graphics cards. Any of the leaks will somehow touch the graphics card. So I am thinking what I can do to save the graphics card. And here is my plan:

What if I cut a piece of plastic that will be kind of like a back plate. And glue some water absorbing material such as sponge or shamwow on top of the plastic. Attach that plastic on back of the card with the absorbing material facing away from the PCB. Any small drips should get absorbed and hopefully you can catch it before a catastrophe. This is not a full proof damage prevention, but more so a way to assist in detection by giving more time. But I also need to consider any static electricity due to the plastic/sponge and also the aesthetic point of it.

So, you think I am going crazy here?
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if you leak tested your as good as its going to get
you dont want water obsorbing because before you realize its leaking the material will just get saturated and start drippng
you could make a flap that would run the water off to the edge of the case then when you see water you know its leaking but hasnt hurt anything
but that all extreme. there is always some risk but if you leak tested your pretty safe. distilled water is non-conductive. I did have a o-ring start leaking on me and it dripped on the video card for the better part of a day before I caught it and no harm was done.
Lessons here:

use distilled water ONLY (a drop or 2 of pk nuke is ok)
check your system at least once a week just to be on the safe side

Understand you take some risk water cooling but when done right its about the same risk as driving a car, possibly even less if you buy quality wc'ing parts
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