|A year ago in April, I purchased a PC on Ebay it was was fine. I have purchased laptops and other devices without any problems.|
I agree that the home is not the best environment for building PCs, unless the builder adheres to factory clean standards at the home shop. (smoke and pet-free, e.g.) Once the assembly leaves home, it's on a truck for a day or two. I suspect in both cases, parts got shifted en route. So I'm placing more of the blame on FedEx and maybe bad roads on this one. I once worked at a PC assembly shop back in the 1990's and there's so much attention to detail required. It appears to have become much more complicated today.
This is an issue of fitting a card to the board and computer case. I had a problem last month when I installed an NVIDIA on my other system where it was the bracket slot assembly that was not straightforward like the older types with screws that bolt down cards firmly. This one did not have screws, but some other mounting method that I could not figure out. I found a creative solution to that so that I could plug in my HDMI cable without shifting the card. It's very easy for anyone to give up in frustration when these sorts of installation problems occur.
[I am having some other problem (futon assembly in my apartment) going on at the same time, so this has been on the 'back-burner' for the time-being as less important.]
For the Radeon card, I used pliers to bend the tab. It wasn't that hard to do. Now the card does go in, but not all the way. The mounting tab over the case slot is down as far as it can go, but the card will not press in. Maybe I'll have to work with the card mounting tab.
Plus, I have nothing to secure the card to the bay. (What could the card manufacturer send that would work for any computer case slot bay?) All spare screws on hand (I keep stuff!) I could find are too big. Maybe a trip to a hardware store will resolve this.
Thanks for the replies!