So I just assembled my first PC today! Woohoo!
But, now I'm turning it on, and nothing shows up on the screen. All the LEDs and fans are working fine and from the inside it appears to be running normally. There is no system speaker which is frustrating so I can't tell you if it beeps. I've tried two different screens, neither has been used in a long time (only used laptops lately) but both were working fine when last used and are nice monitors.
Two possible reasons I can come up with for this, both of which seem to me very unlikely:
1: The monitor plugs are not making full contact with the adapter on the video card. The reason this might be happening is because the card does not fit my case very well and part of the metal bar that separates one faceplate from the next is almost making contact with the adapter part of the card. It's a paper-thin piece of metal, though, and I'm still able to almost fully tighten the screws in the monitor plugs over it, so I don't think this is it.
2: The CPU is installed incorrectly or not compatible. I may be a first time PC builder, but I'm fairly certain I installed the CPU correctly. I was extremely careful placing it in, and although it did take me two tries because of a weird "cap" that was covering the CPU pins that confused me, I never dropped nor applied ANY force to the CPU. I am also 100% certain that the motherboard is compatible with the CPU so I don't know why I even mention that.
So, as careful as I was, is there really still a significant chance I messed up installing the CPU? Is it worth the time and energy to trim off that tiny metal strip to make sure that's not it, even though the screws will fully tighten despite it? Or is there some other more probable reason for this? Static, perhaps? I grounded myself before working with any components and was on a hard-wood floor, but I didn't wear a static band... I believe that's enough though as I've never really heard of anyone frying their components with static electricity even when they're not careful - seems like you'd need to be rubbing your feet on carpet while working with your computer for that to have any chance of happening - but maybe I'm wrong?
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 Motherboard
Intel Core i7 920 Processor
HIS HighTech Radeon 4870 Graphics Card
Corsair 1000W PSU
Corsair XMS3 6GB DDR3 1600 Memory
Western Digital Caviar 640GB SATA HDD
LightScribe Something-Or-Other IDE Optical Drive
Thanks for any help or suggestions you can provide!
Oh yeah, could the CPU be defective/DOA? Seems like this never happens but...
Edited by W-Unit, 19 June 2009 - 09:06 PM.