Well, not the case; that's still in the car--I haven't had a chance to stop by Best Buy. Fry's is an hour's drive away from here. But...
Fry's gave me a complete refund without me having to make a point of it. In fact, no one even said "boo" to me about it. Just, "Okay, let me get this punched in...," and after the paperwork was completed, "Just take this to checkout when you're done shopping and they'll credit your card for this amount." And "this amount" was 100% of the cost of the hardware.
So the letter of complaint is going to be shredded and forgotten. I suppose that my frustration at the roadblocks which continually arose in my path was making me paranoid, and making me think that I was going to get stuck with a bunch of hardware I couldn't use. **heavy sigh of relief**
I might still send a letter, but if I do it'll be a complimentary one instead. The people at the store did their best to make me happy, and succeeded.
Really, it's not their fault the memory didn't work with the motherboard; but sometimes it's hard to retain your perspective when you've shelled out $720 for computer stuff and the motherfucking thing doesn't work.
I guess that I have learned from this that I, in the future, am going to have to buy whole computers rather than assemble one from components. Foolishly, I thought I could still do it--having supported myself as a computer technician--but I guess it's not meant to be.
I just need to start comparison shopping Dells and Gateways.