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mine would be installing the motherboard and PSU backwards.
Well, it was an older Pentium 1 PC, so it didn't really matter. However, i didn't have the layout for the motherboard to connect to the case, so i was just connecting it wherever i thought it went.

Needless to say, i connected something wrong and the entire computer smoked. I was shocked really, every single component simultaneously smoked, looking back on it i'm not even sure how it was possible... The IDE cables, processor, ram etc all started to smoke, everything except peripherals like the HDD and CD-Rom.
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Being 15 and buying a new PSU because I thought the PSU was dead but it was the motherboard.
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spilling green loctite on the socket and not seeing it till i went to put the cpu in
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I installed the standoffs into my case, and then put the motherboard on. I then started screwing in the screws that came with my motherboard into the standoffs that came with the case. Little did I know they were slightly different in size, and the screws were really hard to get in. I got frustrated and used force to get the screws in. I thought everything was good until I needed to take the board out, and as I unscrewed the screws, the standoffs came with it! I had to get a pair of pliers on one side of the board, and the screw driver on the other to get them out.

I'm surprised nothing was damaged. Computer parts are tougher than you think, they can take quite a bit of abuse. That's why building your computer is so possible for the average person, because if you mess up, chances are you're fine. Everyone messes up in one way or another at one point in time.
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Completely reinstalling Windows 7 on my new SSD (right after installing it the first time) because I realized I had the controller set to IDE mode and it had to be AHCI to support TRIM.
About 2 days later I found a way to change from IDE to AHCI without a reinstall
So much wasted SSD performance

Converting my main hard disk to a dynamic disk... resulting in it being unrecognizable every time I booted my PC and causing problems (AppData & ProgramData were on my main WDD 1TB HDD); I ended up spending $20 for a program that would convert it back to a basic disk. Running fine ever since

Dropping a box with a whole bunch of random things off a table and into an open PC on the floor I was trying to repair. WHILE IT WAS RUNNING.
It was already having POST problems. I had managed to get to the OS boot screen but it pretty much got stuck there; after removing everything that fell in, the computer wouldn't POST again
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post #226 of 334
Plugged the speakers into the onboard sound card instead of the audigy 2....spent about an hour before i realised that
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Pretty scary but you would have walked away with a "Damn that kind of hurt". I accidentally hit my finger on a fan going at 2500rpm and it hurt but didn't even scratch any skin off. Besides, the fan wouldn't suddenly turn on at 2500rpm.
I know, but I wanted to make it sound cool. It's going to take more than that to chop off my hulk fingers.
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I tried to mount a hard drive in linux for hours. Only to find it was sat on my desk, not plugged in.
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When I got my first water cooling set up installed, I went to boot and nothing happened
Got a series of beeps that turned out to mean my CPU was not working so I ordered
a new better CPU and during the course of installing it I found that I had forgotten to plug my 4 pin ATX power back in after I had finished installing the water block

Now I did not mind buying the new CPU, went from a Intel 506j to a P4 641 but I was with out my gaming rig for a week
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post #230 of 334
When I got my new PSU it (wouldn't fit). By that, I mean the screw holes didn't line up except for one so the PSU fan was at the top and the PSU was hanging by one screw. The next 2 days I new something was wrong so I looked online and fixed it.

That's stupid!
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