What are we looking at?
Two RAM sticks.
A smear of thermal paste (oopsy, stupid me).
What’s missing? Yeah, lots of stuff is missing but what’s the most predominant thing that’s not there? What’s the next logical step in assembling a computer from these parts?
Yes, right again. The mainboard, the motherboard, system board, baseboard, planar board or logic board, or colloquially, a mobo. It’s missing from the photo. But not only from there but missing from my desk, from the house, from our heap of spare PC parts as well.
It’s now like almost a week since I’ve brought the mobo in for warrantee repair/replacement, and still no word from the Gigabyte guys. 😦 You know what? By now I’m almost ready to say fukit! and just buy a new mobo. They aren’t that expensive and I always wanted a better, more fancy one anyway.
But now, where tf will I find a LGA-1150 Mini-ITX board of Intel’s Haswell generation? Saffas are generally too poor/cheap to sell stuff off but ride the shit until it falls apart. New parts availabilty will tend towards zero because by now it’s two or three generations out of date. So I’m basically fucked, my fate lies in the hands of our local Gigabyte service center. 😦 I can only hope they’ll manage to find a satisfying solution. Hmmm …