[SOLVED] Water damaged GPU

severian2012

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My son spilled a small amount of water on my PC while it was running. Unfortunately I was unaware of this and the computer was left on for the remainder of the day. he showed me where the water went and it looks like it just went directly on top of the GPU. It now crashes to a blue/green/pink screen after 5 to 20 minutes of turning on. It doesn't seem to matter if I am playing a game or just sitting at the desktop, it will crash to this screen each time. This only occurs when I am running the GPU (RX580). Everything runs fine when I take the card out. I have taken the card out and let it dry for a few days and the issue stays the same.

I have accepted that the GPU is probably dead, but before I pull the trigger on another GPU is there any other issue that could be causing this? My fear would be if I bought a new card and then the same thing occurred due to it being some motherboard/PSU issue. The fact that it runs fine when the GPU is off leads me to believe that the problem is isolated to the card but I don't know enough about these things to be sure.
 

geofelt

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It may be telling that you do not fail immediately.
I am not certain what that indicates.
Failure after a time smacks of some sort of a heat issue.
Perhaps there is some water residue that boils off after a time.
Certainly, the gpu is the prime suspect.
A common cause of a failure is the psu.
Unfortunately, about the only way to diagnose pc hardware failures is to replace parts.
A local shop will have such parts to test.
Or, perhaps a willing friend.
Failing all of that, I would order a replacement graphics card.
Buy an upgrade while you are at it so you will feel better about the loss.
Buy from a shop with a good return policy.
Expect to pay a 15% restocking fee if you need to return the card.
 

geofelt

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It may be telling that you do not fail immediately.
I am not certain what that indicates.
Failure after a time smacks of some sort of a heat issue.
Perhaps there is some water residue that boils off after a time.
Certainly, the gpu is the prime suspect.
A common cause of a failure is the psu.
Unfortunately, about the only way to diagnose pc hardware failures is to replace parts.
A local shop will have such parts to test.
Or, perhaps a willing friend.
Failing all of that, I would order a replacement graphics card.
Buy an upgrade while you are at it so you will feel better about the loss.
Buy from a shop with a good return policy.
Expect to pay a 15% restocking fee if you need to return the card.
 

severian2012

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Oct 6, 2018
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Failing all of that, I would order a replacement graphics card.
Buy an upgrade while you are at it so you will feel better about the loss.
Buy from a shop with a good return policy.
This is the route I'm going to take. I will use this as an excuse to get a better card. I don't have an extra GPU to test so I'll just make sure where ever I get it from has a decent return policy. I'm pretty sure its just the GPU seeing as how everything else works fine.
 

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