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I'm in tears... Accidentally ruined $600+ card, and I'm totally at a loss.

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2017/03/16 13:22:30 (permalink)
I was so excited when I finally came into some money and was able to build my new computer. It included the amazing GTX 970! Sadly after about 2 weeks of use I spilled a glass of water on my desk, and a droplet fell through my computer case and DIRECTLY on to my card. The best part of my new computer was ruined. Now I'm stuck with a water damaged card that costs 2-3 of my paychecks and I'm not able to play any of my games. I have no clue what to do.
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    Scarlet-Tech
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    Re: I'm in tears... Accidentally ruined $600+ card, and I'm totally at a loss. 2017/03/16 13:25:16 (permalink)
    How much of a droplet? Did you shut down, let it dry, and then try it again? EVGA wont cover water damage, but if you let it dry, it may work again.

    Could you take a picture of it and post it? It will take 11 posts before you can post pictures, but we can talk to you for a bit and see if it is possible to get it working again.

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    Re: I'm in tears... Accidentally ruined $600+ card, and I'm totally at a loss. 2017/03/16 13:30:46 (permalink)
    If you have household insurance this might cover a portion of the damage unless you have a high deductible so check this with your insurance company.

                
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    Re: I'm in tears... Accidentally ruined $600+ card, and I'm totally at a loss. 2017/03/16 13:47:18 (permalink)
    Bummer,
     
    As mentioned let it dry out, probably 12 - 24 hours depending on humidity in your room
     
    Blow a fan at the MB after tipping it to remove any pools of water from any other places.
     
    Pull power cord from the wall for the PSU and remove the card, in case water seeped into PCIe slot
     
    Also test in a different slot after giving plenty of time for everything to dry, if it does not work in original PCIe slot

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    Re: I'm in tears... Accidentally ruined $600+ card, and I'm totally at a loss. 2017/03/20 20:11:59 (permalink)
    In case this happens to you or anybody else in the future, be sure to power off your machine immediately and disconnect the part(s) which have gotten wet. This has happened to me years ago and I did not had any problem until a year after whereby the FAN of the GPU stopped working.
     
    But that could have been the GPU itself and not because it got wet. 
     
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    Re: I'm in tears... Accidentally ruined $600+ card, and I'm totally at a loss. 2017/03/20 20:43:34 (permalink)
    If you unplugged the power or at least shut down immediately you have a good chance of saving it. Take it out of pc, wipe it down, and stick it in a bag of rice in a open box. Leave it there at least two days then pull it apart entirely, save the thermal pads though if they look ok and clean the PCB with qtips and at least 91% isopropyl alcohol. You will need to apply new thermal grease to the gpu chip so make sure you buy some if you don't have any. You may want to grab some 1mm thermal pads too just in case you need them. You can just leave it together and just put the card in rice for a couple days but the more thorough you are the better your chances resurrecting it. If you see any black spots that look like burn marks on the PCB then it's probably dead.

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    Re: I'm in tears... Accidentally ruined $600+ card, and I'm totally at a loss. 2017/03/20 20:52:08 (permalink)
     
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    Re: I'm in tears... Accidentally ruined $600+ card, and I'm totally at a loss. 2017/03/20 21:05:03 (permalink)
    A GTX 970 isn't a $600 card... It's $189 if you want to replace it.
    http://www.evga.com/products/productlist.aspx?type=8
     

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