Good list of a straightforward, step-by-step, overall best practices on dealing with new and "to be repaired" components. Next would be the fun part of diagnosis of the "patient" and to do no harm before you know what you are dealing with!
Thanks for verifying the RAM replacement and that it was as easy as I thought it was, but that made me a bit nervous, being much more comfortable building desktops as large as my or my customer's budget would allow!
Take 'em out, put new ones back in. As a technical writer, I also appreciate that you kept it to the point without creating further questions to complicate that which is not complicated. Thanks again. Will check out some out your other work.