June 2007. The month of Project Halcyon. It’s 2009, most of the warrenties are up, what survived? what didn’t?
- SilverStone Zeus ST85ZF 850W Power Supply, DoA
- Western Digital Raptor 150GB Hard Disk, 1 DoA, 2 RMA Later
- ASUS P5K Deluxe/WiFi-AP Motherboard (details), Replaced with another faulty board, gave up and bought a Gigabyte EP-45-EXTREME
- XFX NVIDIA 8800 Ultra xXx Edition – Started to artifact, RMAed, replaced with a GTX260
- 2 (of 4) Corsair 1GB Dominator XMS2-8500C5D, gave up, replaced with OCZ RAM (damn MSY and their lack of Corsair stock)
- Logitech Z-5500D Speakers, Control Unit died, RMAed, should be replaced Monday
What didn’t die?
- Intel Core2 Quad Extreme QX6700
- Creative X-Fi Fata1ty
- LG DVD Burner
- LiteOn DVD Burner
- Gainward NVIDIA 8500GT (Fanless)
- Hitatchi Deskstar 7K1000 (1TB) x2
That’s a pretty short list of things that survived…
And that’s just the parts that I purchased for my Desktop PC. What else went wrong?
- Dell XPS-M1330′s heatsink/fan began to make loud noises, replaced next day on site
- Dell XPS-M1330′s hard disk is significantly slower and casuing BSODs, yet to be replaced
- Bang & Olufsen earphones, left ear goes very dull. Replaced for free, then the left ear goes dead. Replaced with SuperFi 5 Pros…
- Ultimate Ears SuperFi 5 pro earphone wire splits, purchased a new wire, but pulling the wire pulled out the internals of the earphones. RMAed, waiting for a new pair
- Random generic microphone, started making lots of noise, $5 replacement. Meh
If there’s one person that’s sick of parts dying, it’s me. Once get my speakers and earphones fixes, the only thing I have left to fix up is my laptop’s hard disk. How I’m going to convince Dell to replace it, as it still sort of works, is beyond me, for now.