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post #11 of 18
My worst mistake was installing an older (DRAM? DIMM? I forgot...) into a DDR1 only motherboard... I got smoke and that was the last I heard of it.

Then I got a Q9450 + 9800GTX + 4GB ram build and now I don't regret it one bit.
(But, I do now, my brother plays on it all the time! >:[
So, in order to counter that, I will be building a new one in around late December/Jan. )
post #12 of 18
Ehhh I tried to build a watercooling loop.

Worked for about 2 weeks, then leaked and killed a motherboard which I RMA'd to have denied
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post #13 of 18
I bought 8 sticks of ram because I thought I could stack them on top of eachother
post #14 of 18
I've fried a hard drive because of a loose 4 pin connector on the Antec Tri-cool 3 speed fans. The little metal bit popped out and I could see smoke through the window. I **** myself and unplugged everything. That HDD went in the bin.

A while ago, like 4-5 years, my mate asked me to upgrade his PC. I told him to get all the parts and I'd do it. So he got them and I came round. Got everything plugged in nicely. Turned on the PC (with the side panels off) and noticed some smoke coming out the side. I went to have a look and a transistor popped in my face with the little metal cap at the top hitting me square in the forehead and leaving me a little red buddha spot for about a week.

My mate was not impressed and has never asked me to upgrade his PC since.
    
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I ran my old Pentium Extreme with no heat sink for about a minute.. then it popped...
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One of my best/worst experience's has nothing to do with a PC, but is still computer related.

I used to work on StorageTek large box tape drives (10" reel to reel). I was excited to get my first high paying job at Amco Productions in Denver (oil company) so I went out and bought some new clothes (had to dress up, no jeans...) and a brand new $400 watch. First time I wear my new watch, I was in the computer room doing maintenance on one of the large tape drives. I put my hand in the back of the machine to adjust the air going to the main plenum and touched a power coil...

ZZZAAAPPP!!!

Bright flash, breaker tripped and my watch was 75% gone! Molten metal welded to the chassis of the tape drive. I still have the burn mark on my wrist even if you can barely see it. The power blew to the circuit powering a bank of tape drives and the controller costing the company 2 days of production that they had to start again... My boss ribbed me about that incident daily for the next 2 1/2 years I worked there.

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The time in the navy I knocked out the secure comm's during an training exercise... (one of the reasons for the airbozo moniker)
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I overclocked my old 8600GTS too high and it froze. And since I'm still a beginner when it comes to installing parts in my computer, I took the video card out because I thought it would be dead. Well, I unscrewed it from the case, and I pulled it from the computer. It made this huge crack, and I looked at the 8600GTS. It looked fine. But I looked at the PCI-E slot (I used to have a Foxconn 8KS2H) and it was busted because I pulled it too hard. I tried to put the video card back in and it will not post.

Now to this day, I usually get my dad to teach me to install parts. No I did not get yelled at for doing it, because he told me that everybody makes mistakes.
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