Show us your hardware horrors

Written by Harry Butler

March 8, 2011 | 11:05

Tags: #hardware-horrors #kfa

Companies: #bit-tech

If you've been building or fixing PCs for a while, then you'll have probably seen, heard of and maybe perpetrated some degree of dreadful PC hardware horror. That accidental slip of the screwdriver into the CPU pins, a misguided and ill-informed attempt at water-cooling, or a case mod based primarily on duct-tape and spray paint; we've been there, and we feel your pain/shame.

At the time they can be cringe-worthy and heart breaking, or they may just make you want to rage-quit life, but now you can cash in on your traumatic PC building and fixing experiences. We want to see your hardware horrors, from burnt-out GPUs to bug-infested PSUs and beyond.

Up for grabs for the two hardware horrors we judge to be the most heartbreaking, horrifying or hideous is a KFA² GTX 460 1GB graphics card, ideal for rebuilding your shattered dreams as well as your system.

To enter, you can either post your photos of your horror hardware in the comment thread below, complete with an accompanying description, or, if you prefer, email them to us at

Winners will be announced on 7 April. Good luck, and please remember to only enter photos that you've taken yourself, and which include hardware that you have permission to photograph.

Entrants must hold copyright to all photos they submit. By submitting your photo and/or anecdote, you agree that Dennis Publishing Ltd and its licensees and partners may reproduce it without limitation. This is a non-exclusive license and you retain the copyright. We will select winning entries at our discretion and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners will be notified within 28 days of their selection, which is dependent on our editorial schedule. The competition is not open to employees of Dennis Publishing or participating companies. No cash alternative will be offered. The prizes described are available at the time of publication. Events may occur that render the promotion or awarding of a prize impossible due to reasons beyond Dennis Publishing’s control. We may at our discretion vary or amend the promotion and the reader agrees that no liability shall be attached to Dennis Publishing as a result thereof. Names of winners to date will be available on receipt of a request enclosing a stamped self-addressed envelope to: Competition Manager, Dennis Publishing, 30 Cleveland St, London W1T 4JD. It is a condition of entry that the entrant agrees to be bound by these rules whether they be published or not, and that the decision of the Editor and judges on any matter whatsoever arising out of or connected to this promotion are final. No purchase of the magazine is necessary.

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