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What's the most catastrophic system build you've suffered from?

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Dave James at

So, it turns out that Russian Proton-M rocket which crashed a couple of weeks back did so because some of its parts were installed upside down. Anyone out there who has played the awesome Kerbal Space Program (Update 0.21 has finished Q&A and is so close I can taste it!) will be able to sympathise with the poor technician responsible.

When checking out the wreckage of the doomed rocket investigators discovered some angular velocity sensors had been installed upside down. That lead to the vehicle receiving contradictory information as to its orientation and the subsequent efforts to correct it meant it thrashed around violently before smashing into the ground in a mass of pretty ‘splodes. That got me thinking back wistfully on all the simple errors I’d made putting together machines with catastrophic consequences. Whether it was spending a year debugging the first PC I ever built some twenty years ago, mashing the pins on a modern Intel CPU socket or literally blowing up an expensive new solid state drive (the image below is exhibit A, m’lud) they’ve all been pretty catastrophic to some extent.


Chillblast Fusion Stealth PC review

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Dave James at

Chillblast’s Fusion Stealth PC has left me stunned. That it lives up to the discrete noise profile promised by its name is just half the surprise - it does so without compromising polygon-crunching power.

Normally, high-performance, overclocked gaming rigs come at the cost of your ears. I’ve become accustomed to high-spec gear whining like so many jet turbine the second I stress them with high-fidelity, high-resolution game engines. But the Fusion Stealth remains almost silent at 100% load on either CPU or GPU.


Make your PC run quieter with one simple trick

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Adam Oxford at

Are your case fans giving you nightmares about 'nam? Are they just a few RPM away from sending you into a Ridley Scott style reverie? Want to know a quick, cost free way to make your PC run more quietly than it is right now? Everything you need to stop that incessant din might be right there in your BIOS.