I thought it was win98 that was the rubbish one, and trather liked ME. But i have Xp now, and have to admit that it is far better than ME ever was.
Rather than BSOD daily I get it monthly, if at all.
As for the PC you have tried to build, there is no real surprise it did not work, if it was a random collection of bits. But them mine was such a random selection, and it works fine. ;-)