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Originally Posted by BodgeITandRun View Post
Ok, I don't reckon I am an expert at PC building and overclocking, but would say I am at a somewhat moderate level. So I was rather ashamed at myself today.

I recently bought a new GPU and was quite impressed with it, until today. I firstly saw Green artifacts, which worried me, so I dropped the clocks down a bit and they were still there. So I checked the drivers were upto date, rebooted and then there were purple ones instead! So I was like *** is going on.

I was midway taking my card out of my second computer to test that, when I realised I had missed one obvious thing. I stopped removing the other GPU, went downstairs and my lead going into the back of the monitor was slightly loose. Problem solved! I was panicking, looking at the returns policy,worrying if they would accept it after overclocking, saying to myself why did I get a new Graphics card etc.

I also know how it got loose, I was cleaning my monitor earlier. That'll teach me to clean.

Anyway, confession over.

Please tell me you guys have made similar simple mistakes?
On monday, i brought my computer back from a week long LAN, but i left my VGA to DVI at the house so i used a spare one. When i turned my comp on i had no pic so i started freaking out because i thought my card had gotten damaged in the transport, tuns out it was a bad vga to dvi connector
rookies.....
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post #12 of 64
Use DVI. Only VGA cables would cause that kind of artifacting.

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Originally Posted by E-Peen View Post
Odd you mention it, I just realized something similar last night. I just recently crossfired (bought myself another 5850). Everything has been amazing so far. However, I was playing BC2 one night and the screen would flicker black sometimes. I was like "Ugh, great... screen flickering, just what I need".

I eventually figured out it was me kicking my loose DVI cable
BC2, flickering, and crossfire is a known issue.
post #13 of 64
Thinking the Power on off/ reset etc were colour coated and putting them in completely wrong
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The only mistake I ever made was forgetting to put the standoffs in my uncles comp. It worked fine but still
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post #15 of 64
I thought the PSU was the black cable that goes into the wall lol when i first started off.
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I didn't do this but, my dad was cleaning my grandmas computer with compressed air and was talking out all the fans in the computer and ripped out the heatsink with the CPU attached breaking about 7 CPU pins.

Needless to say he ended up buying her a new computer.
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I very nearly murdered my old Geforce Ti4400 during a lan party.....
.the day before i got my rig all ready for some MOHAA ond COD2 goodness, cleaned all the fans and got everything sorted.
20 mins or so into the first cod game my pc bsod-ed, looking rather foolish in front of my friends i blamed it on poor drivers and fired it up again. Got back into windows and fired up cod, as soon as i got in the game i got another blue screen...this was bad!
I took the side off and noticed it was very much like an oven, after touching the gfx heatsink i noticed quite rapidly it was hotter than the sun.

Guess who'd forgot to plug the heatsink fan back in......didn't live that one down for a long long time, still at least the card survived!!

Rookie mistake indeed!
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I thought the PSU was the black cable that goes into the wall lol when i first started off.
LOLOLOLOL!! shux thats funny
but on a sadder note, before i knew ANYTHING (i knew as much as my mom) i tried to hook up an xbox 1 to my TV and wound up plugin the extensiion cord into itself and wondering why the xbox didnt turn on
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Spent 800 euro modding and painting a stacker 831 (including tools like a dremel, rivet gun, drill and angle grinder but still)...
Now I don't know if anyone knows how nice the finish is on a stock stacker 831 (brushed anodised aluminium) but the finish on my paint job sucks ass
Lesson learned, modding is no problem but I won't be painting a case again for a while

I got a silver stacker 830 for 35 euro secondhand recently though so I think I'm just gonna mod that one and use it instead

... Stay tuned for my second post regarding stacker mistake number 2
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If you've never made a mistake, you've never properly built a PC
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