How often are parts DOA?


Jul 9, 2014
A group of friends are all switching over to PC from console gaming and all of them asked me to build computers for them. I've only built 3 computers in my life. I planned on assembling the same computer for all of them because it would be easier but I don't want to run into problems with DOA parts.

All of them are okay with spending $800 with monitor and OS included which means the parts I choose won't be able to be top quality. I've put together a system and read reviews on all the parts.

How often do you get DOA parts? It seems like a lot of people on the forums have problems when building a pc. Neither of my 3 builds have had parts DOA or problems where it wouldn't POST or boot, but adding another 6 systems to that might be increasing the chance that I get parts DOA and I have to deal with returns. Here's my plan if it helps:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($107.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($67.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
Case: Corsair SPEC-03 White ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: BenQ GW2255 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($107.60 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-G300LX 802.11b/g PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($10.99 @ Newegg)
Other: PowerColor AX6970 2GBD5-2DHE Radeon HD 6970 2GB ($99.99)
Total: $765.40
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-04 00:23 EDT-0400