ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard
Intel core i5 650 Clarkdale 3.2 GHz CPU
Nvidia Gigabyte GTX 460 SE 1GB video card PCI-E 2.0
x2 ADATA 2x2GB DDR3-2000 RAM
XION PowerReal AXP-850R14N 850W ATX 12V v2.2 / EPS 12V v2.91 PSU
The rest are of no consequence. I unpack/assemble everything into a new case, ATX size, plug all my stuff in, turn on the PSU switch, hit the power button, ANNNNNND.....
nothing. Not even a little bit.
But thats a lie, there is a little bit. The NIC card is lit up, showing a 100Mbps Link and the activity LED is flashing. So there IS power! After alot of crazy ideas that did or did not pan out, the power supply seems to be working. I tried it on a different, older, PC and it booted fine. So that's out.
I tried a different power switch, so that isn't it. The motherboard needs to be OC'd to support the RAM I chose, and if RAM isn't setup just the way they say, apparently it won't turn on, but I had all four slots filled, number one, and number two, I put in a 2 GB stick of DDR3-1333, which is supported by both the motherboard and the CPU. So it apparently is not the RAM.
The video card is currently in use on this computer I am typing on, so that's quite obviously not it.
What I've narrowed it down to thus far is either the CPU or the motherboard, and from what I know and experienced, motherboards will still power on without a CPU, and this one did not. But I can't be sure it's not a fail safe to do that, so I have doubts.
Everything is leaning towards the motherboard, ever so slightly, and the CPU's character is still a wee in question, and there is the off chance that somewhere I messed up and the PSU won't work with the Mobo or something ridiculous like that.
Anyone have ANY ideas or theories? I'm thinking about RMAing the mobo but I want to be sure there's nothing I can do on my end before I do that. If we can eliminate the Mobo and it's the CPU, well there not much to do about that, RMA.
Also I should say that I have never broken or fried a part by use or ESD or otherwise, and have never been shipped a bad part either, in all my 13 years of ordering parts and assembling computers among other things. I had the 8-pin connectors plugged in the mobo and the 24-pin also. The CPU fan doesn't twitch even a little, nothing happens when I hit the power, which usually means it's the PSU, except the PSU works on my older comp.
Thank you to anyone who reads this and many thanks to those that help!
EDIT: I just read in the feedback tab of the Motherboard page that if my PSU is not ErP/EuP it will *appear* to be DoA, which it's doing, quite well in fact. Is this true? Did I purchase a Mobo that REQUIRES ErP PSUs? And if so, why the **** is this not mentioned on the page?
Edited by 3therea1, 10 February 2011 - 09:43 PM.