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I just dropped the CPU's corner on my mobo. Bent a pin. I was able to move it back to it's original position though. Luckily.
What are some mistakes you guys have done when building your own pc?
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post #2 of 25
- Put AMD cpu in without opening latch first them proceeded to tighten 212+, bent a bunch of pins
- Install both fans pushing on a heat sink, doesn't work very well for removing heat
- Forgot to plug in GPU power
- Forgot to plug in WC pump
- Forgot to turn on switch
- Forgot to connect front panel power button
- Attached power button to reset and vice versa
- For thermal paste
- Forgot I/O backplate

All of those I can honestly say were from going too fast and not taking my time.
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I screwed my first motherboard directly to the case and then later found the standoffs (after completing the build) and wondered what they were for...

Then, I took apart my entire first build. biggrin.gif
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1.) The really really old style IDE connectors didn't have a tab to prevent you from inserting them in upside-down and brakeing the hard drive, ....yeah.

2.) Had a fan molex connect short-out to the case once, and melted the whole wire and tripped the surge protector.

3.) Knew someone who went to measure the size of their video card with a metal ruler...while the PC was running. The idoit shorted out his motherboard and broke it.

4.) Not directly computer related, but deisgned a powersupply for LED's. Used the wrong sized inductor, and was off by a power of 10. Blew up like 20 LED's in a string. They went off like firecrackers. boom boom boom boom
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post #5 of 25
Put CPU paste in the PCI-E socket thinking it would help overclocking the GPU
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Bent pins can be a real PITA, best thing I've found for that though is to use a mechanical pencil (sans lead) thumb.gif
My most common offense is probably w. front panel connectors - guessing/fixing somehow is more convenient to me rather than just doing it right once lol.

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- Forgot I/O backplate

Done that one once or twice too, so annoying tongue.gif
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Quote:
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Put CPU paste in the PCI-E socket thinking it would help overclocking the GPU

You sir, just made my morning. Did you seriously do that?
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post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by axipher View Post

- Put AMD cpu in without opening latch first them proceeded to tighten 212+, bent a bunch of pins
- Install both fans pushing on a heat sink, doesn't work very well for removing heat
- Forgot to plug in GPU power
- Forgot to plug in WC pump
- Forgot to turn on switch
- Forgot to connect front panel power button
- Attached power button to reset and vice versa
- For thermal paste
- Forgot I/O backplate
All of those I can honestly say were from going too fast and not taking my time.

haha ive done every single one of those minus the bending of any pins and forgetting thermal paste, how do u miss that? biggrin.gif
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forgot to leak test watercling befor connecting every thing and turning on
i wondered why thiere was a blue puddle under case
    
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post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by candy_van View Post

Bent pins can be a real PITA, best thing I've found for that though is to use a mechanical pencil (sans lead) thumb.gif
My most common offense is probably w. front panel connectors - guessing/fixing somehow is more convenient to me rather than just doing it right once lol.
Done that one once or twice too, so annoying tongue.gif

AFAIK, It's impossible to straighten pins with a mechanical pencil with an intel motherboard.
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