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Worst Tech mistake you have ever made?

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After my first proper pay at the age of 16, I deckded to try out some online shopping. I really needed a new phone and laptop.


So, I bought a phone and laptop...a day later I realised the phone wouldn't work on the 4g network in my area, and the laptop was an ex demo model that had really bad specs anyway.


Thankfully the phone company was awesome and was fine with a return, and the laptop arrived broken (maybe the one time I'll ever say that XD), so I was able to get a complete refund for my stupidity.


I have learnt better since then :P

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I have done stupid things with dying/dead HDDs. First victim got fried when I tried plugging in power while the system was running. I can't recall what issue it had to begin with, but it was already out of commission at that point (I may have been lucky I didn't wreck anything else)? I was young back then, simply curious and just didn't know any better. I hold on to the drive for some years after this in case I'd some day have another board to try and resuscitate the drive, but that never happened.


This next one is a lot less forgivable since it happened only a few years ago. When my last external HDD died, I once again took the opportunity to do stupid things with it and decided to open it. No, this wasn't the first time I opened an HDD, I already knew how it looks inside. To worsen my chances to ever try recover the drive with board from another one I even managed to twist the top cover while removing it. I suppose a few minutes worth of entertainment is often more valuable to me than the years worth of memories.


You have probably been thinking (if not even screaming) my biggest tech mistake while reading this: not having backups! I admit, I'm guilty. I have recently started taking steps towards rectifying that: I have had my files duplicated on my main PC to two separate drives, and I now finally have a RAID1 in my server. My excuse for not making offsite backups to cloud is the intermittent nature of my subscriptions to any services I'd even consider using for it. On the other hand it's not really like I have extremely important files either, just personal clutter that builds up over the years.


Times I have lost data thanks to neglecting to back it up before wiping a drive are countless, it's usually just things like game save data and bookmarks, but every now and then something harder to replicate gets lost. 


I'll now go to the corner and quietly shame my bad practices. If you throw rotten eggs or something, please avoid the head.

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I bought the Audioquest Dragonfly Black thinking it would improve the audio of my iPhone or PC. It didn’t do anything but increase the volume, which may be useful if you have super high end headphones that require a lot of power. But I don’t have that. 


But I learned one thing: the iPhone headphone dongle is an impressive little unit. The audio measures rather well and it only costs about $15. The volume output is just relatively quiet however. 

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Blamed everything else for 1.5 years before realising that the Corsair liquid cooling unit had been manufactured with a faulty pump that tripped out after X amount of time / heat / electrical resistance.


Then ... whilst trying to make space in the machine to fix it ... I managed to pull out the port with the graphics card ... 9_9

(Let's just say I won't be buying MSI ever again).

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Bought a 2nd hand internal Asus sound card really cheap without really looking at it and what exactly it was. Thought I'd shove it on my gigabyte motherboard as a slight upgrade over onboard audio.


Turned out to be a card that only works with specific Asus motherboards that have a certain port, that isn't quite pci or pci-e. 

i5-760: Corsair Vengeance LP 8gb Asus GTX 760 2gb



i5-4300u: 8GB ram, Intel HD: 128GB: 1080p Touch

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I once spent an entire day trying to connect my PC to the internet via old dialup on windows 98 only to discover that i had forgotten to plug the end into the phone line.

MAIN PC (Beast) - Asus ROG Crosshair Hero VII WIFI , AMD Ryzen 7 2700x + Corsair H115i Pro RGB Cooling, 32GB G.Skill 3200Mhz 16,18,18,38 1.35v DDR4, Inno3d HerculeZ Design Nvidia GTX 1080 X2 8GB GDDR5,  2 x Samsung U28E590D 3840 x 2160 4K, 1 x Samsung Evo 970 NVME PCI-E 500GB, 1 x Samsung Evo 850 250GB, 1 X Sandisk Ultra II SSD 240GB + 2 X 3TB Seagate Baracuda SATA III, 1 x LG BH16NS40 16x BR\DVDRW, Corsair Obsidian 750D Windforce Edition Case + 5 Corsair ML140 140mm Case Fans, EVGA 750 g3 750w Gold 80+ PSU, Logitech MX Vertical Mouse, Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard, Windows 10 Pro x64 Retail, Synology ds215j NAS + 2x3TB WD Reds connected to a 6TB Seagate USB 3.0 Backup Plus Hub, Logitech C920 Webcam, Blue Yeti Microphone, ESET Internet Security 2019 V12..


Second PC (Cyclops) - MSI 990FXA Gaming, AMD FX 8370 4Ghz, Corsair 16GB Venegence Red 9-9-9-24 1600Mhz, Arctic Cooling Freezer 13, Asus Strix 1050TI 4GB, 1 X Acer 27" Full HD Monitor, 1 X Sandisk Ultra II SSD 240GB, 1 x Samsung Evo 850 250GB, 2 X Seagate Baracuda 2TB, 1 X WD Black 2TB, 1 x ASUS 16x DVDRW, X-Case Eagle III Case, 3 X Corsair AF 120 Case Fans, EVGA 850 G2 80+ Gold + PSU, Logitech MX Master Mouse, Corsair K30 Keyboard, Logitech C920 Webcam, R0DE NT1-A Microphone, Scarlet 212 Audio Interface (Revision 2), Windows 10 Pro X64 Retail, Kaspersky Internet Security 2019, 2TB Seagate Expansion USB Hard Drive.


Third PC (Old Trustie) - Acer Aspire M3400, OEM Mainboard, AMD FX Athlon II X3 425 2.7Ghz, 16GB Corsair Value 1600Mhz Ram, OEM CPU Cooler, AMD R7 260 2GB GPU, 1 X Acer 27" Full HD Monitor, 1 X Sandisk Ultra II SSD 240GB, 2TB Samsung SATA III, 1 X OEM 16X DVDRW, 1 X Acer OEM Case, 1 X Corsair AF120 Case Can, Corsair CX500 Bronze+ CPU, Logitech MX Master Mouse, Corsair K30 Keyboard, Windows 10 Home X64 OEM, Logitech C920 Webcam, Kaspersky Internet Security 2019.


Printers Include - Canon MG5750, Canon, IP8750, 2 X Samsung C410W.


Asus AC-RT86 Cable Router Using a Virgin Media Hub 3.0.


Internet Speed.....


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When I was unplugging the power cable on my build, and accidentally touched the metal prongs as I was pulling it out, dident hurt, but it scared the crap out of me!

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Forgetting the process I used to screw in my Threadripper CPU the first time and wasting another 30 mins and tons of effort only to remember I had to do the screws out of order.

Build Logs: Cotton Candy Threads | ZEN CLARITY + | Just NCASE mITX | Noc Noc | NUC | Storage Log


Cotton Candy Threads - CPU AMD Threadripper 2950X | GPU EVGA FTW3 RTX 2080 Ti | MOBO Asus ROG Zenith Extreme | MEMORY 128GB (8x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance RGB 3200 | STORAGE 3x Samsung 960 Evo SSD + 4x Crucial P1 1TB + 2x Seagate Ironwolf 8TB 7.2k HDDs | PSU Corsair HX1200i w/ Cablemod Pro Extensions | COOLING Cooler Master TR4 ML360 | CASE Lian Li O11 Dynamic Black | LIGHTING 2x Corsair HD120 Fans, 4x Corsair Addressable RGB Strips, 2x Corsair Commander Pro | PCPP
ZEN CLARITY + - CPU AMD Ryzen 2700X | GPU Radeon VII | MOBO Crosshair VII Hero | MEMORY 32GB (4x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro @ 3200 | STORAGE Samsung 960 Pro SSD + 2x SanDisk Ultra II SSDs | PSU Corsair RM1000i | COOLING Corsair H150i Pro | CASE Crystal 570X | LIGHTING 6x Corsair SP120 Fans, Cablemod Addressable RGB Strip, Corsair Commander Pro | PCPP
Just NCASE mITX - CPU Intel Core i7 8700K @ 5.2GHz | GPU EVGA RTX 2080 Ti XC | MOBO Asus Z370-I Gaming | MEMORY 16GB (2x 8GB) G.Skill Triden-Z RGB 3000 | STORAGE Samsung 960 Evo 500GB SSD + Corsair MX500 1TB M.2 SSD | PSU Corsair SF600 | COOLING Noctua NH-U9S w/ Redux Push/Pull Fans | CASE NCase M1v5 | LIGHTING 2x Cablemod Addressable RGB Strips | PCPP
Noc Noc, Who's There? - CPU AMD Threadripper 1950X | GPU ASUS RTX 2080 Ti OC | MOBO ASRock X399M Taichi | MEMORY 32GB (4x 8GB) GSkill Trident-Z 3200 | STORAGE Samsung 970 Evo SSD | PSU Corsair HX1000i w/ Cablemod Pro B&W Kit | COOLING Noctua U9 TR4 w/ 2x Redux 92mm | CASE Corsair 280X White | FANS 6x Noctua 140mm Redux | PCPP
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I didn't insert my DIMM properly and spent like 5 minutes freaking out while my system bootlooped. Not the greatest 5 minutes of my life.

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When you think something is broken but you didn't switch power switch at the wall.

Magical Pineapples

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The Screen Power cable for my Commodore PET 4016 was loose and as a result I wasn't getting any output on the screen.  I tried dialing up the intensity to see if it was just turned down but that didn't work.  I didn't dial the intensity back down when I switched it off and got an infamous black dot burned in the middle of the otherwise perfect screen. 


The good old days of technology... only this was just about a year ago so I don't think I can replace it.

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Upgrading to Windows 10 :P



Women. They are a complete mystery.

-Stephen Hawking


I think the hoomans put their builds here?

Why do you hoomans give your builds a name? Here's my build, which I shall call "Do as I Say, Not As I Do" (seriously, don't get this build)


Ryzen 1500X @3,925 GHz

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo + 2x ML120

MSI B350 Tomahawk Arctic

2x8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000 MHz CL15 (Micron B-die) @2933 MHz

Sapphire Radeon R9 280 Dual-X @1120 MHz / 1450 MHz

120GB 850 Evo

120GB Kingston SSD

500GB WD Blue

Cooler Master Elite 430

Seasonic Prime Titanium 650W

Logitech G710 with Kailh Box Jade

Logitech G502

HyperX Cloud

And my laptop, which I shall call "If It's Stupid But It Works" (It can actually play CS:GO at 50 FPS, and Civ V at 25 FPS)


Lenovo Thinkpad L460

Intel Core i3 6100U

4GB (probably) DDR4 2133 MHz

Intel HD Graphics 520 0.3-1.0 GHz

128GB Samsung MZ7LF128HCHP

Corsair M65 Pro RGB (worst mouse I've ever had)

Sennheiser CX 5.00G

And here would be where I would put a picture of my cat. But apparently, images are not allowed here. So take this instead (*ΦωΦ*)

Hello fellow night theme users

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Not mounting the cooler tight enough and surprised by NH-D15 having the same performance as Hyper 212.



 it turns out that it uses cassetes to play games

games also took forever to load at that time. Without reading the instruction you might not even be able to get the game loaded correctly.

"What's under the heatsink?" ep1, "Why it's not as good as it seem?" AMD fanboy edition out, episode 2 "Why my gaming board is a scam?" Intel fanboy edition coming soon (this is a link)

Hardware specs below

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.4?V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1


Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync


Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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Didn't plug my front fan in on my first PC case. Luckily I had a side intake but the front fan had a red LED

I WILL find your ITX build thread, and I WILL recommend the SIlverstone Sugo SG13B


Primary PC:

i7 8086k (won) - EVGA Z370 Classified K - G.Kill Trident Z RGB - Force MP500 - Jedi Order Titan Xp - The venerated Hyper 212 Evo (with RGB Riing flair) - EVGA G2 650W - Black and green theme, Razer branwashed me.

Draws 400 watts under max load, for reference.


Linux Proliant ML150 G6:

Dual Xeon X5560 - 24GB ECC DDR3 - GTX 750 TI - old Seagate 1.5TB HDD - Dark moded Ubuntu (and Win7, cuz why not)


EVGA G3 thread, BR/BT threadSeasonic Focus thread, S12II/M12II thread, Userbenchmark (Et al.) is trash explained, PSU misconceptions

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My short ass MOBO cable disconnected itself cuz I didn’t plug it in all the way and I spent like an entire day trying to figure out what was wrong (FYI this was my first build like 3 months ago and 3 days after I built it and i was playing BF1 at 5 in the morning) and then right before work I saw the mobo cable on the PSU side was disconnected. After I came home from work I replugged everything and it works xD




How to be a fucking idiot 101




CPU - i7-8700

Cooler - Cryorig H7

Motherboard - MSI Z370 Gaming Plus

Ram - Trident Z RGB (DDR4 16GB @ 3000Mhz)

Storage - 1x MX500 (500GB) SSD, 1x Barracuda (1TB Hard Drive)

GPU - EVGA 1080 SC 

Case - Cooler Master H500P Mesh (White)

PSU - Rosewill Photon 650w Fully Modular 80+ Gold

OS - Win 10 Home

Monitor - Asus VG248QE 144hz 1ms 24'




Mouse - Razer Deathadder Elite

Keyboard - G910 Orion Spark

Headset - HyperX Cloud II

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I was cleaning the computer and I/O cabinet on a CNC lathe, took 4 days to disassemble everything and clean it all properly. When I went to turn it on I got the relay clunk and nothing else. I managed to bump the breaker switch with the vacuum hose. Hit that back on and everything worked great.
This was done because an identical machine caught fire the week before because it hasn't been cleaned. Some dust bridged two 220 volt contacts and started the fire.

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Ever broke a laptop's charger port by using a shitty charger? Yeah, rendered an HP laptop that had an AMD A6-5200 in it utterly useless.

Volume / Normalized 100% / 66% (content loudness 3.7dB)

Local VHS collector and video capture amateur. PM me for any questions concerning VHS recording if interested.



@Dan Castellaneta x @pinksnowbirdie | Jake x Tyler :^

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17 minutes ago, OnyxArmos said:

When I was a lot younger, I broke a laptop's charging port by trying to shove a 3.5mm headphone jack into it..

oh lord

Volume / Normalized 100% / 66% (content loudness 3.7dB)

Local VHS collector and video capture amateur. PM me for any questions concerning VHS recording if interested.



@Dan Castellaneta x @pinksnowbirdie | Jake x Tyler :^

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