[SOLVED] How do I know if my gaming PC has liquid damage

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So about a month ago, I bought a new pre-built gaming PC. It arrived to my house but my mom (who is OBSESSED with the coronavirus) sprayed blue alcohol disinfectant onto the box. And the box wasn't 100% sealed so I'm worried that the disinfectant might have gotten into the PC through one of the vents and damaged some components. I've been using the PC since then and I only noticed 2 issues:
  • The PC gets really slow when copying/moving large files from one of its drives to the other, it literally becomes unusable while I copy large files. I also noticed that this takes up like 90% of the RAM.
  • There's a 32bit game that doesn't run quite well but I'm suspecting this is because the game is 32bit and I'm on a 64bit system (to be more specific it's Train Simulator 2018, I have to run the 32bit version because the 64bit version doesn't work for some reason.)
The PC specs are:
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 2TB HDD, 480GB SSD
  • Nvidia RTX 2070
I'm assuming that if the disinfectant really did get into the PC, it would take a while for it to corrode components until eventually the PC suddenly stops working. How long after the disinfectant got into the PC will the effects of corrosion become obvious? Should I even be worried about this? Can the issues that I had with the PC be caused by liquid damage? Please let me know. Thanks!
 

Phaaze88

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Yeah but it's not 100% alcohol, it's not like isopropyl alcohol, so can't there be impurities that corrode the components over time? I don't know exactly how corrosion works
Isopropyl isn't pure either. It's a mixture of water and a couple other chemicals.

Unless you've been running a liquid cooler, corrosion isn't even applicable in your situation.
Alcohol is used to CLEAN PC hardware from things like oil and thermal paste.
 
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That wont damage anything.

Onto the "box"? The cardboard shipping box, or the metal case?

Did you turn the PC on within 30 minutes of her spraying it?
Yes I did turn on the PC within 30 minutes of her spraying it, and by box I meant the cardboard shipping box, but it wasn't 100% sealed so it could have gotten inside the PC through the vents
 
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What brand of prebuilt?
Can you link the sale thread, or more specific specs?

Perhaps run a userbenchmark and post results here?
It's not really a brand of prebuilt, it's just some local company that imports components and builds PCs and then they sell the prebuilt PC at a slightly higher cost to make a profit, and I'm not at home right now so I can't run a benchmark
 

Phaaze88

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Yeah but it's not 100% alcohol, it's not like isopropyl alcohol, so can't there be impurities that corrode the components over time? I don't know exactly how corrosion works
Isopropyl isn't pure either. It's a mixture of water and a couple other chemicals.

Unless you've been running a liquid cooler, corrosion isn't even applicable in your situation.
Alcohol is used to CLEAN PC hardware from things like oil and thermal paste.
 

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