My lovely, smart, wonderful partner Ash talked me into using my tax return to purchase a new motherboard, CPU, case, and RAM, so I excitedly did so... only for a capacitor to fall out of my graphics card as my brother and I worked on putting it together. The entire system became nonfunctional - it posted, but even my spare older card didn't output ANY video.
I tearfully took it into a computer shop and over the past week or so they spent a lot of time on it - they gave me a copy of their logs so there was transparency and a guy literally worked on it into the wee hours of the morning, bless him. A lot of stuff was wrong, mostly because of how my brother helped to put it together (but don't tell him that, he's a computer engineer) which was correct for a PC about three years ago but has changed slightly. He claims he had no idea there was any changes. The guy who worked on it also enthused that it was a bit difficult because the manual was out of date! The same one we used! The actual problems took two pages and none of it was remotely predictable - stuff like needing to enable an obscure setting to get both RAM sticks working on the right voltage - so I'm grateful it was able to be fixed.
My card? My beloved GTX 1070? Was absolutely fine. Is fine. I'm using it currently! Hello!
In the meantime, I took out a 15-year-old computer my dad's friend Bill gave me in 2017, an old HP small form factor. The Core 2 Duo is still a zippy little processor - it's very optimised. But damn, if it didn't make me miss my computer. Then, one day, I lean over and notice a sticker on the front... and it's from the same computer shop I just took my own to.
So yeah, TL;DR my shit broke and now it's not broken.
Expect some content shortly!
I was able to recover a bunch of my screenshots so I'm chomping at the bit. :D