just brew it! wrote:
I tend to screw myself by buying parts fully intending to build now, then getting busy and not building the system for months. So by the time I actually do the build, I could've gotten the same parts for less, or better parts for the same price. You'd think I would've learned by now. Case in point: I've had the parts for a Ryzen 2700X build since late winter. It's still just a pile of parts. Maybe I'll finally get around to building it this weekend...
I've done this as well..
-and it's not just that problem.
More than a few builds I've done (over the past 25 years), something went wrong with one of the 3 components (*return and replace): CPU (almost never), RAM/system-memory (a couple of times), and Motherboard: FREQUENTLY.
You need all 3 to figure-out what (if anything) has gone wrong.
*the BIG problem here is returning the items after a month (and sometimes less than that), even if only to get "identical" replacement
I've also had problems with storage (SSD, and far more-so: Hard Disks), but often the storage goes bad after
the return period. (..though with some of those hard disk purchases the items started "clicking" right away - likely from shipping/poor-handling.)
One of the nicer things here is the OS..
If it's a Linux distro it's probably free-to-use, and if it's Windows 10 then you've got an almost indefinite "Trial" period (before you have to put in a valid key): so that's something that can be "put-off" purchase-wise while still allowing the use of it during your system assembly/hardware-check.