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Spilled water into computer, shutting off before boot after 7 days of drying.

Last Friday, I knocked over a glass of water which spilled about a quarter of the glass through the mesh-grate of the case. A substantial amount of water landed on the top of my GPU, with some on the heatsinks of the motherboard. I quickly shut down the computer and removed the power cable.

I decided to remove the GPU, since upon first inspection, it seemed like not too much water. I wiped it down with a cloth before re-inserting it. I booted the computer up, and Windows began to update the computer until it crashed at 100% of updating. I tried to restart the computer, and it simply wouldn't start.

I removed the GPU, CPU fan (which ended up breaking upon removal, requiring me to buy an Evo 212 and mount it), and both RAM cards. I left everything in the same room to dry for 7 days.

Upon reassembly (which included the new CPU fan after my intel cooler broke) I plugged everything back in and tried to power on the computer.

The computer did power on for a few seconds, before shutting down. There is no visible evidence of water being still present in my components.

This is indeed a chaotic scenario. I would appreciate any help on this situation!
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  1. Just because there's no signs of water left doesn't mean damage wasn't done. You most likely shorted the motherboard and no amount of drying is going to help.

    You need to start replacing parts - most likely the motherboard is dead. The GPU is possibly dead as well.
  2. ThatVietGuy said:
    Just because there's no signs of water left doesn't mean damage wasn't done. You most likely shorted the motherboard and no amount of drying is going to help.

    You need to start replacing parts - most likely the motherboard is dead. The GPU is possibly dead as well.


    Oh no. Should I try removing components and adding them until I figure out which parts are defective?
  3. Best answer
    If possible, I would test components in a friend's computer if you know anyone that can spare the time and effort.

    Otherwise, you can try booting from the integrated graphics to rule out a dead GPU and/or motherboard.
  4. Yeah I definitely would have waited before booting the computer again. If some got on the motherboard and you did not see it, the motherboard would have shorted out. I would see if you can test all the parts and find out which one is defective.
  5. Look for burn marks on ribbon cable ends.sometimes can snip a bit off the end.
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