It's Time for A New Computer

Gary Schafer, 23 March 2016

A couple of weeks ago, I had a fairly rare occurrence. I had a power cord inside of my (now dead) desktop computer get tangled in a fan on the video card, short, and melt the video card along with a USB 3.0 expansion card. This also wound up frying both the power supply and the motherboard. Pretty good days work, if you ask me.

You don't have to take my word for it, either. I have photographic evidence.

First, allow me to show you how the system appeared when I first took off the side lid.

Now, when you look on the left-hand side, you see a dark area. Except that's not just "dark". It's "charcoal black", as you can see below.

Here's how the video card and USB card, which had been essentially melted together, appeared when I pulled them out.

Once I peeled them apart, you can see that the power cord for the USB expansion card was melted to the video card fan.

Here's one final, slightly closer look at the video card.

I've since built a brand-new, custom-made desktop PC. And let's just say that none of the cords are anywhere near any of the fans, mmm-kay?

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