- Nov 5, 2016
I entered the PC master race last year, and since then, I have built quite a few machines for myself and others, so I am confident in saying I'm pretty OK at it. In my own current system, I have a Ryzen 5 1600 and a GTX 980Ti. About an hour ago, I decided to take apart my 980Ti, you know, just to give it a little tidy up from the summer of Dust Hell. I got out a tiny brush and the isopropyl alcohol and went to work on the dye, getting off all the crusty old thermal paste from around the die itself. After I had re-applied thermal paste and put the card all back together, plugged it back into my rig (or so I had thought ) and there was no signal to my monitor! I sat there for 5 minutes, trying to figure out what the heck was wrong. And oh boy, did I feel like a noob. I had completely forgot to plug in the 6+8 pin power, the cords were just hanging there. How in the world could I miss something so simple and easy? So, to everyone: don't feel bad if you mess up on something, when there is people like me whose problems stare them dead in the face, and they don't even see them.