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Well, I was almost finished screwing my GPU block in, and I guess I was so excited about finishing I lost control of my screw and scratched my video card a bit. I ended up scratching the gold part up; you can't see it in the pic (crappy camera) but you can definitely see it in person. I don't think it's real deep at all, but does that even matter at this point?
 
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post #2 of 14
There are so many contacts, I doubt you screwed it up.

Only way to find out is to plug it in and find out.
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Theres only one way to find out...
    
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Zzzzzt!



It should be alright.

Don't have anything to lose.
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Looks ok. I would plug it in and give it a try. The PCI contacts go in deep, so it may have enough surface area to make good contact.
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post #6 of 14
dont worry too much. power that badboy up and find out.

be very careful next time.

also do this when working on computers. its what i do, and has never failed on me. it will become second nature after a while.

-always look at how something is going to fit before you try and fit it
-use small screw drivers. a skinny 5" including handle screw driver is perfect.
- never leave your mouth open
-work on solid ground or something that wont creatic static.
-wear shoes
- touch the metal of the chassi if you dont use anti static wrist straps.
- make sure you have a light to shine when needed
- keep a backup power supply for testing
- make sure all the rising screws are in the right place. never skimp on screws!
- make sure the i/o plate is in place, and becareful when "sliding" the mobo into place.

i can go on all day, but im sure you know. hope this helped
Edited by Darqside - 4/21/11 at 10:50pm
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post #7 of 14
I chipped the bottom half of one of them off before and the card still worked.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TheRockMonsi View Post
Well, I was almost finished screwing my GPU block in, and I guess I was so excited about finishing I lost control of my screw and scratched my video card a bit. I ended up scratching the gold part up; you can't see it in the pic (crappy camera) but you can definitely see it in person. I don't think it's real deep at all, but does that even matter at this point?
Probably fine. As the above said... only one way to find out. Fire it up
There is a lot of surface area you would have to destroy to stop it from making proper contact. Your more then likely fine. But be more careful next time haha
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I can see the little nick on it. It's only a little off the bottom it seems so the slot should easily connect with the rest of it
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post #10 of 14
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Thanks guys so much for all the info and help. I'm going to be putting this baby in my system in the next week or so, so we'll all find out soon enough if it's all good.

Btw, that tidbit of the gold stuff that's off the bottom half in the pic there is not what I'm actually talking about. It's a scratch going across three of those, but you can't see it in the pic - like, if you think you see it, you're seeing something else. I guess since it can't be seen, however, it should be just fine. Guess we'll know for sure soon enough.

Thanks again guys!!!!!!!
 
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