Last week I ordered an ASUS barebones system from NewEgg.com that runs an Intel 478 CPU. I have built several AMD computers in the past, but this is my first Intel. I also purchased a Celeron D 315 CPU.
The first thing that puzzled me was the heat sink. The bottom of the heat sink had a gray patch of something covering the metal base. I wasn't sure if that should stay on or not, but I took the risk of removing it, cleaning up the metal underneath with acetone, and then applying Arctic Silver 5 like I usually do on other heatsinks. I also put some on the CPU as well and got it in the socket with no problems. I installed one stick of PC3200 DDR 512MB memory, an NVIDIA 9650 graphics card, and attached the monitor, keyboard and mouse.
I tried turning the machine on and it would not post. The green LED was lit on the motherboard, but neither the power supply fan or CPU fan moved a bit, NADA, nothing happened at all. I figure it is either the power supply or a dead motherboard.
Based on what I've said does anyone else have any ideas of what it might be and why it won't post?