These 7 PC build fails will make you appreciate your rig even more

At the very least? You’ll catch some much needed ‘lulz’

Look, despite being PC gamers, not all of us have gaming rigs that we’re immensely proud of. At least not proud enough to show them off on Instagram.

Even yours truly, an editor on a technology outlet, no less, has a gaming PC that, well, “gets the job done” – the thing we all say when we know our rig is not social media material. But, fret not! For there is always the vicarious joy in looking at things worse off than you and yours.

Behold, some of the worst (and hilarious) examples of PC build botches and computer neglect that should put you right back in a good mood after seeing the latest 100% custom, dual-Nvidia GTX 1080 build on Reddit. 

Think we have enough fans? #pc #computers #noctua #pcmasterrace #pcbuild #tech #computer #funny #pcgamer #pcfail #technology

A photo posted by A photo posted by @thinkcomputers on on Mar 1, 2016 at 10:05pm PST

“Do you think it needs one more? I mean, we are going to be running two Tita – what do you mean we don’t have room for the Titans? You told me we needed ‘serious cooling!’”


it will be cool enough , I think #pcfail #setupfail #pcnoobs #fail #funny #funnyshit #gamer #gamers #gamepc #gameday #gameboy #gamerboy #gamerguy #Razer

A photo posted by @benybeats123 on Apr 5, 2016 at 11:05am PDT

For when no amount of fans will keep your rig’s monstrous power in check. Wait, is that an HP Pavilion?


New 3Tb HDD fitted to the existing 1Tb & 1.2Tb raid drives, but just realised I've no more SATA ports on the motherboard #FML #SATA #PCfail

A photo posted by @studunny on Sep 25, 2014 at 2:15pm PDT

Sure, the 3TB hard drive is a fine addition … to the three disks he already has. I mean, how much por – never mind. Anyway, he might have a bigger problem than a lack of SATA ports: how the hell does he know where each SATA cord even goes?


This just makes us cringe... #pcfail #fail #pcmasterrace #computers #tech #pc #computer #motherboard #pcbuild #intel

A photo posted by A photo posted by @thinkcomputers on on Feb 28, 2016 at 9:41am PST

Man, you just gotta feel for this sad sack. But seriously, how did they attempt to install the processor in the first place – with a hammer?


Always be sure to install your CPU Cooler! #fail #pcfail #pcmasterrace #pcgamer #computers #pchardware #wtf #funny #ummm #techsupport #pc #pcs

A photo posted by A photo posted by @thinkcomputers on on Mar 22, 2016 at 9:33pm PDT

One can at least appreciate the technical prowess and, we dare say, artistry with which this processor cooling fan was installed in the completely wrong place.


I see nothing wrong. Why does my PC not work anymore? #pcfail #pcrepair #cantbreathe

A photo posted by @squ1ddos on Aug 27, 2016 at 9:39pm PDT

TMW you have very strong fears of looking at this when it’s time to fix mom and dad’s PC back home again.


Once again we ask how can something like this happen? #pcfail #computers #pcmasterrace #fail #wtf #computer #pcbuild #nowords #zotac #pc #pcgamer #tech

A photo posted by A photo posted by @thinkcomputers on on Mar 13, 2016 at 5:31pm PDT

TMW you have very strong fears of looking at this when it’s time to fix your anthropomorphic dog Brian’s PC again.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joe has worked in games and technology media for nearly a decade for several publications. His writing has been featured in PC Magazine, AOL's Games.com, Laptop Magazine and Tom's Guide among others. Currently, Joe serves as TechRadar's Senior Editor, leading computing coverage specifically. Yes, that means he uses both macOS and Windows – every day.