Over the past 4 months ive been saving every extra dime I could get my hands on. Finally, I came into a nice pile of extra coin to put me over my "savings goal" so I could score my new case, components, ram, etc, etc. which are as follows:
Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail
SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L - OEM
COOLER MASTER UCP RS900-AAAAA3 900W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Power Supply - Retail
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
The parts all come in on my day off (with today being the following day) which gives me plenty of time to complete the build, install windows (RC 7), and get everything running smoothly.
I spend about 4 hours double checking everything before I finally plug it in, hit the power switch all excited about my first "build it yourself" computer, with everything that I want in a gaming machine....and.....nothing.... Processor heatsink/fan combo does not start up, machine makes no noise.
I spend the next 7 hours of last night checking and double checking absolutely everything I can think of and then some things I hadn't thought of....still no dice....
Last night I pull the processor out to see if maybe i screwed up seating it...nope it was right and its to late to go get more Thermal paste.
This morning i get the new paste put the processor back in place and start looking again, after about 3 more hours of failure and pain with zero progress, I threw in the towel and called a local computer shop to see if they can figure out where Im failing, or what parts i have that did fail...
I guess the moral of the story is I guess there is a certain amount of frustration everyone is willing to put up with when it comes to technology, I gather that my threshold is about 10 hours of what should have been a great day. Whats yours?
tl;dr: Spent 10 hours building machine that still doesn't work, put it in the shop...wasted day...whats your threshold of tolerance for this stuff?