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2021/05/17 19:46:36 (permalink)
Mine was when I once like a complete (Foul Language deleted) put a mcdonalds softdrink on top of my tower. I knew nothing would hit it as I was only one in the apartment and I was just going to the other room. Then I came back to a pool of condensation on top. Luckily most of it dripped off the side. 
 
My heart stopped for a bit there...
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    85Bears
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/05/17 20:08:58 (permalink)
    That could have been rough--water damage is a killer.
     
    The closest I've come to killing a major component was when my GTX 650ti's fan died during an intense weekend of Skyrim modding. My Skyrim install was buggy, so I assumed the freezing and crashing was due to mod incompatibilities. When I finally thought to run Afterburner and check my GPU temps, I was sitting at 100C. The card was so hot I could smell it cooking.
    I ziptied an AMD CPU fan to the 650ti and went back to Skyrim modding--these are the kinds of fixes you do when your card is worth a couple of pizzas, lmao.
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    Starshine95
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/05/17 20:29:53 (permalink)
    I literally dropped some tea (sweetened with sugar) on my brand new PC... had a mini heart attack.
    Luckily nothing broke except for the I/O Panel led on the back, could have been much much worse.
    From then I had to replace two keyboards because of the same mistake until I decided to buy a thermos and be way more careful with liquids. Lesson learnt, hopefully.
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    Juggzz
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/05/17 21:48:52 (permalink)
    I did not realise censored language starting with the first letter would constitute foul language, as it was astrixed out.

    Apologies.
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    theberg13
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/05/17 21:54:29 (permalink)
    Thought someone in my family had removed my computer from the surge protected outlets in my parents family room back in the day during a major lightning storm. Turns out it was just moved one outlet down to the other surge protected outlet. Still scared me haha  
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/05/17 22:17:59 (permalink)
    well my pc isnt in a good location and being built in a c700p, its very heavy
     
    so, i was changing my cpus thermal compound to liquid metal. i tilted the pc against the wall, took the cooler off, and cleaned everything. then i started to put the liquid metal... i forgot that it doesnt really stick, so you can imagine what happened. luckily everything still works :P
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/05/17 23:03:20 (permalink)
    It was a really hot summer day, and I was cleaning an old PC. I decided to open the window really big to let some breeze in, and my computer was on top of a table that was 1-2 feet away from the window. I take the side panel off, and clean off some dust that had been piling up in the computer, and took off the dust filters to clean them off too while watching YouTube videos on my phone. Anyways about thirty minutes later I was basically done, and got up to go downstairs, and get a drink. During the three or four minutes I was downstairs it started to rain, and at first, I didn't notice it, I was lounging around, and talked with my parents about what I was doing. Then it started to rain HARD like you could hear the raindrops pattering really hard against the window. This alerted me, and I suddenly remembered I never closed the window in my room so my PC could potentially be drenched right now. After coming to this unnerving realization I dropped everything running upstairs to close the window that was still open. I stubbed my toe really hard on one of the steps, but I sucked it up and crawled up the stairs on all fours in agony. I rushed to my room, and thankfully not a speck of water landed on the computer, but the floor of my room near the window was so wet I almost slipped while running, but I caught myself. 
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/05/17 23:04:09 (permalink)
     
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/05/17 23:13:13 (permalink)
    a few years ago a lightning bolt killed the power supply of the pc I just bought, but the rest was saved
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/05/18 06:39:40 (permalink)
    Somehow I was able to plug in a molex connector the wrong way around, luckely I noticed it before turning the system on.
    I don't really want to imagine what I would have fried.
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/05/18 06:56:13 (permalink)
    Way back in the day, I had the bright idea to 'upgrade' from trusty old Windows 98se, to Win ME.  It was a close one, but I managed to make it through till today and the great GPU shortages of 2021.
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/05/18 07:12:15 (permalink)
    I've managed to actually kill my PC before. I was re-filling my liquid loop after a maintenance teardown. It was about 3 AM and I was tired and frustrated from a bunch of setbacks throughout the day. I tried being sneaky and filling from one of the spare ports on a rad instead of the slower method of filling the reservoir, run, repeat. The fluid spilled out and around the rad directly into my power supply. There was a pop about as loud as a .22, the lights flickered, and my pump immediately stopped. Thankfully, I only managed to fry the PSU on the primary side, so none of my other components were affected.
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/05/18 08:07:39 (permalink)
    In college. PC was located right next to my closet, which had one of those really cheap fabric sliding doors that would accumulate a ton of static electricity... roommate flung it open one day and it grazed my PC, directly on the PSU. It sparked, blew up, let out a bunch of smoke, and died. I lost everything but my hard drives.

    I had to beg my father for money to rebuild so I could finish my digital projects due in a week or so.



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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/05/24 14:02:38 (permalink)
    ****ty psu caught fire
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/05/24 14:23:28 (permalink)
    Mine was my laptop in college, after upgrading the ram and screwing the underside back together I lost a little screw and it fel some where on the motherboard. Afterwards it worked till it shorted, then the only thing that worked was to 'bend' the chassis while trying to power on the laptop. Once it was powered on it worked but as time went on, the little trick didn't work anymore and it went to pc-graveyard
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/06/02 08:05:18 (permalink)
    once i was building a new pc with a coffee nearby. and of course I was so clumsy i knocked over the cup. the coffee was all over the table but luckily it didn't touch most of the electronics. just a splash droplets on the MB. i was so nervous that it wasn't gonna work lol.
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/06/04 05:47:59 (permalink)
    This happened about a week ago to my gaming laptop (still crying a bit inside). I spilled a large amount of tea right over the keyboard. I had ninja-like reaction the moment it happened and powered it down instantly and turned it over so the tea wouldn't drip inside too much. I take out every screw inside the laptop (must have been over 50 screws) and lay out all the parts on the floor. Cleaned everything as best I could over the course a day. Let it stand there to dry for about 5 days I think. Then I put it back together. 
     
    I turn it on. 
     
    Everything seems to be going fine....for 15 seconds. At which point it turns off instantly. I click the power button, the fans spin for half a second and it turns off again. Again and again. It never got past that to this day.
    I assume there must have been some honey left somewhere from the tea that I didn't clean. And, as it turns out, honey is conductive (at least according to google). Hence, here I am, in the middle of the largest chip shortage trying to build a desktop and scouring for anything that looks like a GPU to match my 5900x.
     
    Moral of the story: bad time to fry your pc. Be careful boys.
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/06/04 07:34:20 (permalink)
    Dropped tin foil onto a Titan x while it was running, everything went black and booted into a blue screen
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/06/08 15:47:39 (permalink)
    i haev a Meshify C case which lies on the floot. i almost spilled a cup of water over the case. 
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/06/08 16:46:38 (permalink)
    I had a GPU (a 970) catch fire. I found out later it's a known issue with the model, but it was still honestly surreal.
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/06/08 17:01:32 (permalink)
    i tried overclocking my pc and it wouldn't turn on no matter what i did. 
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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/06/10 16:00:03 (permalink)
    I was working near my dual processor e5-2670 hot Summer day, a drop of sweat fell off my forehead onto the board.
    The drop hit some little transistor looking things bunched together, and the board shut off.
    It was running naked without a case on plywood.
    I unplugged it, washed it with alcohol and dried it with a hair dryer.
    Lucky for me it fired back up and is still running good to this day.

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    Re: Share thread: Closest 'near death of your PC' experience you have had 2021/06/14 15:11:24 (permalink)
    i suppose i always touch the internals of my computer while the computer is still running.
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