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Whats been your WORST computer related purchase?

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I have a semi-regret for my Fury X, but at least it goes through Team Fortress 2 just fine. 

I had a PNY CS1111 SSD that I bought in November 2016 that died a year and three months later, for whatever reason. That was $60 down the shitter for a mediocre SSD at the time that just died for no reason.


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Pentium 3 450mhz at launch paid something like 4500 DKK for it and that is in 90´s money = aprox 750 dollars.

 

it was not a bad CPU, but a celeron 300A with a 450 mhz overclock which all of them ran, were just as fast in what i used that pc for..

 

it won all syntetics though, i think what made me accept it was that i bought a TNT 3400 ASUS card (i think it was a 3400 cant remember all the Geforce revisions) with it, and that boosted my pc quite a bit, but that card also ran great on my 233Mhz pentium 2, that i sold. 

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14 hours ago, quickhakker said:

couldnt you have gone to the manufacturers website or used cable mod? or was that not an option at the time

The trouble is, I live in the UK and the cables on Corsair's website were REALLY expensive, and it wasn't even clear if they were compatible, I think they wanted £28 a cable too, and i bought the PSU for £70. Also there was no possibilty of modding the cables as there was only the motherboad and gpu supplies coming from the PSU thanks to the m.2 hard drive.

 

In the end it was easier to just buy another.

 

Then the other day i found the original PSU cables so I sold the PSU on eBay for £60 so not too much of a problem after that.


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4 hours ago, scuff gang said:

Cable mod!!!

why would you do this!

Cable mod was not possible, there were no cables to mod! Besides even if it was, my friend paid for the modular PSU, it wouldn't be right to bodge it.


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buying a 6600k for almost 300$ vs a 6700k for like 40$ more when I was already going to wait on my monitor and GPU.

man do I wish that CPU had the extra threads.

along with that a better board the asus z170m plus from asus overclock horribly. I couldn't get more than 4.0 or 4.1 out of it.


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9 hours ago, Godlygamer23 said:

I personally dislike iCue. My Corsair mouse uses it, and it drives me nuts sometimes.

When I bought my new HX750i (replace my previous Seasonic Focus Plus 650FX). Corsair website recommand me to use iCue. I downloaded it but this software isn't good because the informations are not complet. iCue can't read intensity informations, only voltage & wattage (any other softwares can to do it too). I uninstalled it and downloaded Corsair LINK software. Now, I have all informations from my new PSU :D

 

I don't know why Corsair recommand to use iCue which isn't good for RMi / HXi / AXi.


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1 hour ago, ObsidianAura said:

Cable mod was not possible, there were no cables to mod!

I imagine they mean cable mod as in the company CableMod who have regularly sponsored LTT for cables, often custom lengths, colours and styles.

They provide aftermarket cables for PCs. I've never needed to use them.

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1 hour ago, ObsidianAura said:

Cable mod was not possible, there were no cables to mod! Besides even if it was, my friend paid for the modular PSU, it wouldn't be right to bodge it.

They were probably talking about CableMod. 


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2 minutes ago, Godlygamer23 said:

They were probably talking about CableMod. 

Oh I see!

 

That would have completely solved the issue! Oh well, lesson learned...

 

https://cablemod.com/product/cablemod-c-series-axi-hxi-rm-basic-cable-kit-black/


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A 1U server its loud as crap!


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I bought an intel 3820 thinking that It would take months for me to find and buy a intel 3970X to replace it with. I bought the 3820, then very quickly found a 3970X( which I'm pretty sure came from the intel retail edge program) for a cheap price and bought that. I still have the 3820 lying around somewhere.


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Anything related to Thermaltake.

 

Mouse broke down in three months.

Mechanical keyboard was even worse. It was my very first mechanical keyboard, and I RMA'ed it five times, yes five freaking times in just eight months.

 

I think it's called "Poseidon" or something.

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I think the worst one was buying a used i7 6700k $230 in april of last year, along with an h110 motherboard. I wasn't very good at PC building then.


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Antec HCG 750W. Shorted and cost me a nice ASUS Z97 board and an i7-4790K in 2015. Antec's warranty support was hilarious: "You must have connected something incorrectly."

 

I went back to Fry's and they exchanged it, and I put the new one aside. I used the new one later in 2016 to patch up an HP Elite X58 desktop system, and the new one fried that motherboard. Ever since then, f**k Antec. I've got better things to do with my life than cook expensive hardware.


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7 hours ago, ObsidianAura said:

Cable mod was not possible, there were no cables to mod! Besides even if it was, my friend paid for the modular PSU, it wouldn't be right to bodge it.

You can buy single cables from cable mod, they make custom cables, they don’t mod existing ones


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7 hours ago, mrbilky said:

A 1U server its loud as crap!

You can get the mixed copper block and fan for those though to drop the noise level (Worked for me!) or half depth poweredge, (relatively quiet!)

 

Mine was a Linksys NSS4000 NAS. Absolute POS thats soon to be relegated to a backup file server. Slow read/write speeds, claims gigabit networking, never reaches it, SNMP doesn't work. UPS port is spotty at best, can't access the Linux terminal through SSH. Shoddy shoddy & expensive purchase.

 

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10 hours ago, ObsidianAura said:

Cable mod was not possible, there were no cables to mod! Besides even if it was, my friend paid for the modular PSU, it wouldn't be right to bodge it.

bodge is the best way to deal with any computer stuff

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47 minutes ago, quickhakker said:

bodge is the best way to deal with any computer stuff

I totally appreciate this conceptually.  People don’t knowingly buy bodged stuff though.  There are all these websites on repairing broken hardware that gets bodge fixed quite often and resold as “refurb”. This has mostly made me unwilling to buy “refurb” parts since what it used to mean “used parts brought up to new part standards” but what it seems to mean now is “bodge fixed”. Refurb used to mean better than used, but now it means worse.


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Just now, weaselciuy said:

Roomba vacuum, neighbor cat dropped one on the carpet & Roomba dragged it all over the house, creating a 1 mile long trail...

 

fun

 I would say I have sympathy for you, but this is hilarious.


 

 

 

 

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Just remembered another one. Bought 16 Dell P4  Optiplex's off ebay for £120 quite a few years ago. 

 

That in itself isn't too bad. Easy flip for a couple of £ profit on each one. 

 

The problem was I didn't look at the location before bidding. It was a 300 mile round trip. 

 

Still got two left if anyone is interested. 

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