New poster here and new to mucking around with the vital insides of my machines. Replacing a drive or GPU, no problem. Fiddling with mobos or CPUs...BIG PROBLEM. At any rate, here's the deal and I appreciate any and all feedback/help you guys can provide in advance.
So...I order a brand spanking new barebones kit (case, PSU, mobo, CPU) online. I also order a new GPU and RAM to go with the drives I salvaged from my previous rig which finally died. I must state in advance that I originally bought 2GB of OCZ Platinum Revision 2 PC6400 800 MHz memory. At any rate, when I installed my drives, etc, the system wouldn't stay stable long enough for me to install Windows. It would freeze either in BIOS or during Windows install. Figuring bad memory, I RMAed the memory and got the Corsair memory I currently have. Put that in, same thing. The system would hang during POST, in the BIOS or during Windows install. I tried adjusting timings/voltages when I could but this would only make my system more unstable.
So, after extensive "Googling" I learned that the PSU I got originally with my system was considered trash. It was an OKIA 650W ATX SLI-ready PSU. Prior to that, however, I mistakenly took my system to Geek Squad for diagnostics, where it took them a week to tell me that I had bad memory (with the Corsair) after I'd told them about my persisting symptoms through both Corsair and OCZ memory and about the possibility that my PSU was insufficient/trashy. Annoyed, I reclaimed my system from Geek Squad and bought an Antec Neo HE PSU. I'd never installed a PSU before, but the instructions were easy and I quickly got the thing in with no problems/issues. I go to push the power button and all fans light up/spin, HD spins, CPU fan spins, mobo light comes on but no POST, no monitor signal, no beeps...nothing. Extremely annoyed, I remove the Antec, put the OKIA back in and same thing. I remove all the drives and GPU leaving only case LED, RAM,fans and mobo connected to the PSU...same thing happens. Everything spins/lights up, but no post beep. I remove the RAM (leaving everything else out) and I get memory error beeps like I'm supposed to. Put one stick of RAM back in, same thing as before with all fans spinning and mobo light being on but no POST/beeps.
So, in your expert opinion(s) what could be causing this? Did my new CPU somehow get fried? Do I just need to reseat it? Is my mobo dead? Is it grounding/shorting out somewhere? What? I'm at an absolute loss as to what to do and I'm about to toss this potentially wonderful system out the window (meaning...box the PoS back up and RMA it) but I really don't want to do that if I can help it (as it would take forever to get it back).
Any recommendations as to additional things to try would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by Enigmatik, 02 April 2007 - 12:25 PM.