Question How to quickly fix broken liquid cooling system?

Apr 23, 2021
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DSzymborski

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I have inherited a "Black Mamba" system from CYBERPOWERPC. It has been sitting idle for a few years. When I boot it up, it gives errors about the CPU temps above threshold.

My guess it the liquid cooling system is not working. Here are some pictures:

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https://ibb.co/55k35qC

Can I just remove the liquid cooling system and install some cheap PC fan?
Well, you'll need a heatsink, not just a fan. Air cooling is typically suitable, but make sure it's a heatsink that dissipates enough heat to be suitable with whatever CPU you're using. You may need to remove the motherboard to install the backplate (I cannot tell from the pictures if you have rear motherboard access in this case).
 
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Thanks. How would I go about testing the pump? I am ok with getting rid of pump, as I don't plan to do anything too CPU intensive with this machine.. And if it overheats, I don't really care.. Main thing is I just want to revive it...
 

faalin

Judicious
First thing check fluid levels
Second make sure the pump is plugged in to ether the motherboard or a molex
Third unplug all power cables coming from the PSU (motherboard, GPU, sata drives), then jump the PSU <- link to power the pump then put your finger on top of the pump, you should fell it vibrate. incase something else fails in the loop your computer will not have power and short out the motherboard
Four if pump is not working replace it or install a good air cooler.
 
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rubix_1011

Contributing Writer
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There is a possibility that the pump is no longer functional, especially if it has been run without coolant....this will permanently damage most liquid cooling pumps.

As others have mentioned, removing the liquid cooling might be the best option and install a quality air cooler.
 

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