Well yesterday, I did some PC shopping. I went to tmy fav used local store and grabbed a 512MB DDRII667 for my laptop and I bought a Socket 7 board with a K6-2 500. He left the board for free with the CPU. I was preety happy. Now, I was still looking for someone to accept my crap I had sitting in the back of the car. On our way to my sis's place, there was another PC shops, but there, I can buy HDMI cable for 20 bucks, caps and all sort of things that bats The Source's butt. Extra cheap stuff....until it comes to computing.
I asked the lady for a S462 motherboard and heatsink (To fit my AMD Athlon XP 2000+). She gives me a board with dead caps. No probs. I can fix it. Guess what...SHE ASKED 10 DANG BUCKS! She was telling me those are for P4s....err...Socket 462? P4? Err, no. That's the second time I got there and both clerks can't even understand what the he!! I'm talking about. All other shops knows that. Anyways, for 20 bucks, no tax, I end up with that board, and the Thermaltake Volcano 6Cu heatsink.
So, today, I try to fix the POS. Two cap legs broke, rendering the board irreparable. All the soldering dissolved for some reason. Tried applying more and it made the board a bit flaky. Not only that, but I see the greenish color on the blue mat on the board (Gigabyte). Not only did I had to change caps, but volt regs also. Now, I know that if I try to return it, I'll never get another one
What a waste of cash. Now, I've got to cross fingers that when I find a 4700uf, 6.3V cap for my MSI board, it will power on. A VIA KT133 with a 2000+ doesn't really fit.
So, I am sitting here, with the 3 mobos I bought from Ebay, and since I did a local pickup, he gave me 3 defective DVD Burners. I ended up fixing one, but the two others were self-destructing themselves! The boards? None started, but it was expected. The P4PE-X didn't had the green LED on, and the two others wouldn't even turn off upon the power switch. So, I'll have to desoler the caps. So now, I have wasted...32 bucks. Well, sort of. 12 bucks for caps and a refurbished DVD burner (I fixed it) isn't bad and 10 bucks for the TT volcano...meh. Still...10 bucks wasted.
Not only that, but I looked at a 486...and they were asking 200 for it...no HDD. Wow, what a rip off! So, I'll go there to buy bits and pieces, but for computing, my local PC shop OWNS.