The other day I was in the local comp shop returning a faulty graphics card (again ). The guy in front of me was complaining that his home-built AMD would post then crash out suddenly and power down, apparently, due to overheating. It was his first AMD effort and he was complaining about the chip temperature saying AMD was no good. I saw the chip and I must admit the top looked a little scorched and worse for wear. I sat and discussed his frustations with him while we waited for them to finish the test. They came back and, to my suprise, told him it was okay even with the apparent scorching. They asked to see his heatsink...and they found the problem. His heatsink (a ThermoEngine) had a one of those thermal pads on it (instead of grease). They generally aren't as good as grease like Artic Silver, but as the shop tried to explain to him, they work a lot better if you remove the protective plastic cover on them before fixing them to the processor! I wondered how the CPU had got to look so second hand, yet still worked.
He was lucky. because it still worked, they RMA'ed it.
"I only use the best cod in my fish fingers"
Shuttle XPC Neon (SB51G)
Intel P4 3.06Ghz D1 Stepping
1GB Geil PC3200
Sapphire Radeon 9600XT @ 532/325
Creative Soundblaster Audigy2 Player
Wester Digital Caviar SE x2 (80GB / 120GB)
hehehe.... brillant! I love it! That's just typical of what I would have done before I saw the light and joined HWC.
K6-2 500 that won't go any faster
384 MB PC 133
crap on board VGA
even worse on board sound
Maxtor 15Gb HDD
Creative 52x CD ROM
10 Mbps LAN connection
Windows 2000 Professional
A64 3200+ Venice | XP-120 | 1024MB GeIL Ultra PC4000 | Asus A8N-SLi Deluxe | Connect3D ATi Radeon X800 XL 256MB | 2x 250GB Maxtor DM+10 (RAID-0) | LG Flatron L1710B | 1999 Ford Mondeo Ghia X 2.5 V6
"Oh Lord, grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference."
It's an old pic now look at the price I guess he wont be the first or last to do it. Guess you need either a modicum of common sense, the capability to read English, or maybe these people shouldn't try to build a PC in the first place without researching the subject.