AMD FX-8350 AM3+ @4Ghz
4GB DDR3 PC3-10700 667Ghz 1GBx4
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 AM3+ Motherboard REV 3.0
Inland 240GB SSD 2.5'' SATA (Boot drive)
500GB+2x 1TB Western Digital SATA Hard Drives
XFX Radeon RX 550 2GB Video Card
Cooler Master HAF 932 Series Chassis
Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit BUILD 1909
This was an eBay build. I fully tested and shipped with it no issues. A day or two later the buyer (who btw had 0 feedback and yes I should have known to never sell to 0 feedback buyers). The stated that the pc does not show anything on the screen. I go through the typical trouble shooting steps. Unfortunately I was at my wits end and threw in the towel. I sent a return shipping label and full refund since I didn't want to deal with more bs...but wait there is more.
I got it back but I just let it sit in my living room thinking "probably just needs a new PSU and its good". The money was refunded back to the buyer and I opened the returned pc a week or two after the fact. It came back worse then when I initially sent it out. The CM HAF came back with more dents. the RX 550 PCI bracket plate was tweaked (still working afterwards). I tried to turn on the PC again but no avail. Then I realized there was thermal paste smeared on the chipset heatsink (that goes up to the MOSFETs/VRMS) I took off the CPU cooler and pulled the 8350 and behold....half the cpu pins are jacked up like no other. Pretty much destroyed. I flipped the backside of the motherboard and sure enough the VRM area has burn marks. Which didn't have before when I built the system initially. Right then and there the entire system is trashed and I'm out $80 bucks shipping and returning the pc back home. In my years of PC build and selling a few rigs on eBay. This one made me not want to sell towers anymore.
What I should have done is have the PC shipped back, inspected it then and send a claim with eBay that the product was destroyed but I guess I wasn't thinking clear that time.
The four cores on my trusty I7-7700K just were not cutting it
anymore and last October I decided to upgrade.
I was going to build a beast of a machine with a Ryzen 9 5900X. My first mistake: I bought an Asus TUF X570 motherboard and
realized I had to flash the bios on this particular board with a previous
generation of CPU. So I returned it and bought an MSI B550 Carbon
with the usb bios update feature.
Launch day for the Zen 3 on November 5th rolls
around and EVERY VENDER sells out in minutes.
I was kicking myself for not standing in line at my local Microcenter.
With that lesson learned, I settled on an AMD 2700X – not a bad chip, and its 8
cores would certainly satisfy my needs for awhile.
Finally, all the parts arrived. It had been three years since my last build,
and I just got lost in the process. I tore
my old machine down and built out the new rig – took my time and spent several
hours getting all the drives installed and wiring reset. That was my third mistake – I didn’t test
anything until the build was complete. Shaking
my head, I did the usual trouble shooting routine – disconnecting components
and restarting to see if the problem was identified. I got all the way down to the minimum single
stick of RAM, CPU and GPU – still only a couple of flashing lights on the board
and then darkness.
I did a quick breadboard build with the old I7 to test the
new RAM and verify the old, reused components hadn’t broken during the rebuild –
it fired up perfectly. So, it was the
motherboard or the CPU that was dead. Since
I bought the CPU on sale, I decided to buy a third motherboard. I finished rebuilding the old PC while
waiting for the new part.
I got an Asus Strix B450, and went to work on my third attempt. This time it posted successfully! I assumed my bad MB guess was right, so I
finished putting the whole PC together.
My celebration was cut short the next day, when I started receiving
strange Grub rescue errors. These are
Linux messages that I had a bad file system.
Unusual for the Windows OS I was using.
Did I have a bad CPU after all? Only
one way to find out.
No more waiting – I was frustrated – off I went to my local
Microcenter, where I should have been to begin with. I bought a Ryzen 5 3600, came home and was up
and running, finally. Just to make sure,
I tried the new CPU in the old MSI MB, and found out that was bad too. Both the original CPU and motherboard were dead
I connected the drives and guess what – those weird file
system errors might have been correct. My
hard disk drive was reporting bad sectors and the life on my NVMe SSD was down
to 89 percent. Was it the bad MB or CPU
that caused this issue? Maybe it was a
Windows 10 bug that ran a defrag on every restart. I’ll never know. My last mistake in this whole saga, however, was
my fault. Test your backups,
people. Somewhere in those 24 bad sectors
were the old family photos, that are now lost because my backup did not
Truly a build horror story and fitting end to 2020.
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