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It's OK, we all do stupid things now and then. What's your biggest building fail?

asked Jun 09 '10 at 03:27

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I had the motherboard ontop of the case's frame to test it out before i mounted it....... turned it on.... cpu and motherboard fried because the circuitry underneath was touching the metal frame.

answered Jun 09 '10 at 05:17

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This is where I lose significant "geek cred" points by admitting in a public forum that I have never, ever, actually homebuilt my own computer. I'm up to the task/challenge and I know many people who have done it, but for some reason I have never actually made it a project of mine to build my own system.

answered Jun 09 '10 at 03:36

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Everyone is a geek in their own way =D just because you have never built a computer doesn't mean your any less of a geek :)

(Jun 09 '10 at 03:43) techntux techntux's gravatar image

Your funny when I read your first few words I was getting prepared to read a major screw up. Lol, don't worry your no less a geek for not building a computer or admitting it here.

(Jun 09 '10 at 10:41) 2010 2010's gravatar image

Bought the innards of two exact same laptops. On both, the screen was missing. One was minus the RAM, hard drive, LCD, etc, etc (everything but the mainboard). The other had a fried mainboard. Punched a couple holes in my desktop case and started to improvise, etc... Wanted to convert it to a desktop... Noticed the mainboard had capacity for another stick of RAM, so went online to buy a stick of what I thought was DDR RAM SODIMM. Turns out it was DDR2, when I got it I tried to force it in and broke the mainboard ;)

answered Jun 09 '10 at 04:49

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i forget the 8-pin connector on the motherboard.

Well after 3 days i actually found out that it was that. By that time i already bought a new power supply since i thought that was the problem. But the keyboard was hole new to me

answered Jun 09 '10 at 11:25

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done that myself, frustrating

(Aug 10 '10 at 12:54) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

Yeah, when i first started i didnt put the RAM sticks in properly, it started beeping when i turned it on and started freaking out, but quickly figured it out. :D

answered Jun 09 '10 at 04:37

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When I built my first computer the RAM scared me. You had to push pretty hard to get them to snap in. I could've sworn I was gonna hurt the motherboard haha.

(Jun 09 '10 at 04:46) iSkookum iSkookum's gravatar image

I had the PSU turned off while trying to boot up the computer. That didn't work too well...

answered Aug 10 '10 at 09:07

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humm i have not done much building but i would have to say i set both hard drives on the same IDE cable to master...

answered Jun 09 '10 at 03:29

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My Biggest mistake making a computer was plugging one of the front panel wires in backwards. The computer didn't care for that to much =D

answered Jun 09 '10 at 03:34

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I've actually done the same. Luckily it was only the power LED so it didn't affect anything vital, just no light showing the computer was on lol.

(Jun 09 '10 at 03:40) iSkookum iSkookum's gravatar image

I've never actually built my own computer. But I would and probably I would fry something up the first time :p

answered Jun 09 '10 at 03:55

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Seems to be what everyone is afraid of...accidentally shorting out their motherboard (as if you would purposely do it, haha)

(Jun 09 '10 at 03:58) iSkookum iSkookum's gravatar image

Just get a pair of lab gloves. Thick rubber gloves that kind of look like those dish washing or heavy duty cleaning gloves. The rubber will help avoid static release from your hands.

(Aug 10 '10 at 09:35) Jloper662 Jloper662's gravatar image

i built mine my first time and it came out fine, not a single crash in 8 months, nothing its fine

(Aug 10 '10 at 12:55) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

I didn't connect the power to the CPU, didn't realize... spent nearly an hour checking all other connections the mobo. i also brought out the power meter and checked the power supply wiring hehe I was relieved when i found the cable dangling down.

answered Jun 09 '10 at 04:05

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edited Jun 09 '10 at 04:41

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