I'm afraid I have made a grave mistake. I was just finishing up my new PC build with some pretty pricey components when I had made a simple, yet gut-wrenching mistake. I was under the presumption that the PC was off, but alas; it was doing a reboot. I know I should've unplugged everything but I learned a great lesson that patience goes a very long way when dealing with hardware...
Anyway, while the PC was booting (no OS, just BIOS) I had reseated the RAM and inserted right as everything turned on (lights, fans etc.). I panicked and quickly unplugged the power a second after I had realized my mistake.
I'm a bit paranoid in nature so I took out the RAM, replugged it to see if it worked (as in, I had booted into the BIOS again to see if both of my ram sticks were detected in the same slots); it did indeed.
I then proceeded to sniff the entire computer to see if I had fried anything; it doesn't seem to appear so visually at a glance and I didn't see or smell any smoke. It just smells like electronics.
I thought the worst and thought I fried my new CPU that I didn't even get to use, I took out the cooler, rubbed off the thermal paste and inspected the top and the pins. I didn't smell or see anything out of the ordinary.
I inspected the GPU next, but that seemed fine too. Booting the PC seems normal, but my pessimistic mind keeps thinking I did irreversible invisible damage and the only reason I'm not seeing it now is because the hardware is new (except for the GPU).
My (relevant) specs are:
- Ryzen 9 5900X (new)
- MSI GTX 1070 Ti (5 years old, but only used for a little bit after 5 years)
- 600W EVGA PSU (5 years old but completely unused and practically new usage wise but it is technically old)
- (8x2)GB SP RAM (new)
- MSI B550 Tomahawk Motherboard (new)
How do I know if something messed up? Would I have to wait until I do a real OS install before I can really know?
Ran (memtest86) on my system (twice just for reassurance), it came out with a pass on all the tests and my system is working as expected :). Again many thanks. I figured I would put this note here to let others know in the future what was the outcome and figure how it can apply to their situation(s).
Also ran the PassMark PerformanceTest that showed the CPU running on par with the average score, actually scoring higher; but that's probably because I went overkill with my cooling setup and I live in New England so it's nice and chilly.
Again, future paranoid viewers: The only real issue I saw before and after was that one of my HDDs starting throwing errors that it hadn't even done before. It was already old but after this entire hassle S.M.A.R.T had noted it was writing more read and write errors. Most likely bad timing but it may be possible that could've taken some sort of damaged. This is a heavily used HDD from 2014 however. And it was plugged into the SATA port when this had occured of course. All 3 other HDDs are completely fine.