The best horror story when building a computer comes from when I was about 10 back in 1999. A computer I helped my dad build stopped booting after a RAM upgrade. we tried to swap back to the original RAM but it would not boot. Upon further inspection we realized the RAM that was ordered was HP only RAM and the notch didn't quite line up like normal DDR2. during installation the RAM damaged the slot on the mother board and it had to be replaced. That lesson stuck with me my whole life. On a scarier note though it was nothing compared to what happened to about 5 machines while I was in Iraq. I worked with another Marine that thought if at first you don't succeed try and try again.Back in 2007 I was deployed to Iraq. We kept having issues with Machines that my fellow Marine was trying to set up. They all kept coming into the shop with bad power supplies. It took me about 6 hours to realize that when he was plugging in the machines he was not switching the power supplies from 110 to 220 in the back of the power supplies and he was letting the magic smoke out of the power supplies. We had to RMA about 5 computers and wait for replacements from state side. Luckily I brought a few spares.
My horror story is simply this, I have a brand new computer I just built. Best cpu, motherboard, memory and case I could get locally at Microcenter. The horror is utterly no gpus to be had, none. I now have this screaming super machine up and running on a GeForce 550 ti that I found in a pile of junk in my basement....
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