If you're new and frustrated, try this.

I’ve been playing on the official servers mostly since Steam launch, and of course they are always near capacity and full of new folks. I am hearing a lot of complaints from people not being able to find any resources to get started. Too many people hitting the resources at once. Now personally I prefer to play on the official servers, but I would suggest to the folks just starting out to find one of the private servers that has no one, or a very small amount of people on it. Just spend a little time figuring out where stuff is, grab some resources, craft some stuff, maybe throw up a small house. Then as soon as you’re ready, jump right back into the higher pop servers and you’ll be good to go. Find the road, the road is a circle, most stuff is near the road.