I live in the Philippines and our house here was one of the many that was submerged by the flash floods that Typhoon Ketsana brought. We moved one of our computers from the first to the second floor in an attempt to spare it from the floodwaters, but the water rose past the second floor and submerged the computer anyways.
I've managed to retrieve that computer to see what parts I could salvage, but it doesn't look good. The computer had been disconnected from power and from all the other components attached to it and was powered down when the water hit it, so is there any chance of me salvaging all the components? So far I've managed to salvage the lone stick of RAM that was inside it, I simply washed off the now hardened mud from the module, dried it very thoroughly and placed it into a machine that was donated to us by a family friend.
I'm interested in salvaging the GPU (a passively cooled, geforce 2 mx400) and the hard drives next (2 IDE, one Hitachi 40 GB and one Seagate 80 GB), but this looks tricky seeing as there are more places for water and crap to seep into. Is there any chance of me being able to salvage either of these? What would I need to do, do I need to get it completely clean (I don't think so, the RAM module I salvaged still had a little crap stuck between the pins of the memory chips)?