I followed a rough guide on a forum for a new build. I purchased all the parts and assembled them together last night. My system is made up of below:
- Sapphire HD7850 2G.2G 256Bit GDDR5 PCIE3.0 DVI HDMI 2*Mi
- Samsung S23A750 23" Wide, 1920x1080, 2MS, 3D
- Samsung 22X DVDRW Black SATA
- Kingston 8GB(2 X 4GB) DDR3-1333MHZ PC10600
- Seagate SATA3 2TB 7200RPM Barracuda 64mb Cache
- Intel Core i5 3550 LGA1155 CPU 3.3Ghz 6Mb Cache Ivy Bridge
- Asus P8H61-M-LE USB3.0 REV3.0 H61 2DDR3 GLAN PCIE16 STEP3 LGA1155 UEFI
- Antec 520W High Current Gamer Power Supply, 80+ Bronze
- Zalman HD501 case
I stayed up until 4am last night to finally get it to boot up and install Windows 7 Home Premium. It took me all night because it wouldn't boot up all night, but the fans (PSU, x1 chasis fan, graphics card fans and CPU fan) spun for like 1-2 seconds and then stopped and kept repeating this way until I unplugged the power cord. I eventually fixed it somehow (not sure why) by reinstalling the CPU, memory and graphics one step at a time from barebones. It is now running only on 1 stick of 4GB ram. I made sure the number of motherboard standoffs matched the number of holes in the motherboard (many times) before I installed everything else. I made sure the CPU fan and chasis fan were in its right slot, the 4-pin 12V power connector and EATX power cable was connected to motherboard and 8pin power connector was connected to graphic card. The SATA drive is connected by hot-swap, which can be quick-uninstalled from the front-panel of the case (not sure if connecting SATA this way can be a problem).
When it successfully booted to BIOS at around 2am, I installed Windows and drivers. Before I went to bed, I left the PC to install Star Craft 2, but when I woke up this morning, the monitor showed a blue screen with error: STOP: 0X000000F4.
I pressed the reset button and it won't boot into Windows, but instead a black screen that asks me to insert boot disk or something I can't remember and press any key. I pressed reset again to go into BIOS setup and I could see only the DVD drive was detected and I had no choice for boot options. I turned off the computer and turned it back on again and now it's doing the same thing last night – the system tries to power on, but powers off after 1-2 sec and repeats (fans and stuff sound like they spin and then stop).
This is my first build and I haven't really touched the insides of computers since Athlon CPUs came out. Can anyone please help me get my system working?
Thank you all so much.