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Old 02-05-2006, 05:32 PM   #1
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Question Which part of building a pc scares you the most?

Jamxx gave me the inspiration for this.
Which part of building computers scares you the most, or just in general computing, mine is that first time i go to switch it on, is it guna work? is it guna blow? is it dead?

so what scares u the most?
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Old 02-05-2006, 05:34 PM   #2
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Default Re: Which part of building a pc makes you most scares?

The scariest part for me where I cringe a bit is trying to get the PC to recognize the HDD and install Windows.
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Old 02-05-2006, 05:38 PM   #3
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due to a bad past experience i'm scared about hardware compatibility. my dumb old version of linux was quite selective about hardware. was dual booting win 98 and whatever linux that was. found that linux liked all the hardware(horray right....wrong) but win 98 had no drivers for the mobo and none were provided. now know it was just stupidity on my part but still always scared.
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Old 02-05-2006, 05:39 PM   #4
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Default Re: Which part of building a pc makes you most scares?

Probly putting in the cpu/heatsink and fan.
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Old 02-05-2006, 05:40 PM   #5
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Default Re: Which part of building a pc makes you most scares?

I don't know if it's considered part of building a computer but almost everyone has to do it at least once and that's reformatting. I hate it. I almost scared when I realize I have to do it. lol
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Default Re: Which part of building a pc makes you most scares?

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I don't know if it's considered part of building a computer but almost everyone has to do it at least once and that's reformatting. I hate it. I almost scared when I realize I have to do it. lol
reformatting doesn't bother me at all, I do it all the time lol.

I've never built a PC before, but if I was I'd probably be worried about the CPU heatsink and fan.
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Old 02-05-2006, 05:50 PM   #7
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Default Re: Which part of building a pc makes you most scares?

Yeah, reformatting is the easy part because you know you have nothing to lose. Everything's gone already. CPU and heatsink installation is a piece of cake as long as you are extra careful at handling them. I guess a part that gets to me too is the USB headers. I hate installing those tiny wires into the pins. Even the case wires are a pain in the butt to install.
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Alright so maybe reformatting isnt scary so to speak but i do still hate doing it.
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Default Re: Which part of building a pc makes you most scares?

I'd say that it's installing the cpu for me, if u have to put the thermal paste there. If the hs has a thermal pad then it's not that scary.

And yeah, the moment when u press the start button for the 1st time makes my heart beat faster.
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Default Re: Which part of building a pc makes you most scares?

the heatsink and fan because if you snap one of the levers you have to buy a new heatsink
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Default Re: Which part of building a pc makes you most scares?

Probably installing the cpu because you can bend a cpu pin so easily and then putting the thermal paste on the cpu with the heatsink after that. Either that, or installing a water block on a gpu on an exposed core... *shivers*
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the first powerup is actually i think slightly worse....im always afraid i screwed soemthing up and then im afraid of zapping something
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Yeah, that's true too. But the gpu water block still scares me the most...
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thats not too bad because theres no water or anything already in it...and if water does get on it before its on just let it dry completely before starting it
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Old 02-05-2006, 09:10 PM   #15
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Default Re: Which part of building a pc makes you most scares?

To me, there is 3 things:

a mobo
a HDD controller
a PSU

The mobo: If I ever power the computer and it sparks, I can run out of the room, killing my door

The HDD controller: Imagine a controller catching fire...it happened and my god was I ever scared

The PSU: Imaginethe mobo is fried and nothing powers on in the comp...the PSU blows up, having huge pow! It happened quite oftenand I hate when it happens. It can make you crap in your panties
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thats not too bad because theres no water or anything already in it...and if water does get on it before its on just let it dry completely before starting it

Haha... you know how easy it is to overtighten the water block and crack the core? That could be a $600 gpu down the drain...
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Default Re: Which part of building a pc makes you most scares?

turning over those heatsink knobs on the intel heatsinks, amd's knobs are a lot easier to fix into place. also installing the ram, it feels like the ram is going to break everytime i install ram.
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Default Re: Which part of building a pc makes you most scares?

I have to agree with jac here on the water block, but since i'm not into water cooling, my scariest moments would have to be when I frist power it on.

i've had lots of experience with putting in mother boards, CPUs, heat sinks, etc..
but what scares me the most is, what if the PSU fries all your hardware?

A buddy of mine lost his 6800GT and Asus SLI-Deluxe to a bad PSU...
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Default Re: Which part of building a pc makes you most scares?

Um CPU its the hardest part. And the first bootup. If somthing burns your screwed. Thats why I always triple check everything REALLY CAREFULLY. On customer builds and I got time i'll put everything together do two quick checks come back 30 to 45 mins later when i'm at rest to boot it up after checking it again. In fact this method has saved me a pretty penny first two chekc ups I missed that I didn't install teh CPU fan right. And I fixe3d it booted it up and I didn't blow anything up.
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Um CPU its the hardest part. And the first bootup. If somthing burns your screwed. Thats why I always triple check everything REALLY CAREFULLY. On customer builds and I got time i'll put everything together do two quick checks come back 30 to 45 mins later when i'm at rest to boot it up after checking it again. In fact this method has saved me a pretty penny first two chekc ups I missed that I didn't install teh CPU fan right. And I fixe3d it booted it up and I didn't blow anything up.
Thats probably do when I get my parts for my own system, check, recheck, then check again.
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