A few weeks ago my ancient weekend-only pc gasped its last gasp and then proceeded to shutter and die.
I was actually pleased becasuse now I had a legit excuse to start a new build (my fourth entirely alone, and ninth or tenth with a partner to assist).
It's now about a month later, and I'm ready to admit that I definitely am not up to the task of building a computer. I. just. can't. get. this. thing. to. work.
I'm about 90 miles away from the disaster-in-progress at the moment (schedule problems this week; usually i spend the weekend upstate, which is where this catastrophic build resides), but i can describe the problem: I put the PC together carefully and slowly - - how i was taught. Specs as follows: i7-4770k @ 3.5GHz, 32 GB Corsair RAM, ASUS Maximus VII Hero, EVGA Nvidia GTX 780Ti "Classified", Corsair RM 1000 watts, BitFenix "Shinobi", ASUS ROG dual-bay control, Samsung EVO 256 GB SSD (win 7 pro OEM), Western Digital 2TB Black Caviar, Corsair H100i liquid cooling unit, LG DVD-RW. I used the paste that came with the corsair unit, after a little cleaning with an alcohol swab. I installed the CPU, RAM, and cooler unit in the mobo and then mounted the board in the case on the posts. [Note: I'm already aware of the many times I had an opportunity to check the components for functionality before installing the partts in the case. I'm dumb. It's too late now.Recriminations would be kind of redundant, at this point.]
I put in the board, connected the cables (except for the drives), attached a monitor (that I know works), plugged the cable in the PSU, flipped the switch. and....
The only indication that the system was now powered up was that the start and reset and plastic red bit in the mobo (decoration only) all lit up. In addition, the ASUS ROG unit fired up completely. Nothing on the (monitors) screen. The PSU fan didin't even start. WTF????
I swapped out to a different PSU, checked all the cables, replaced all the cables, removed each stick of RAM and re-inserted it, scoured the mobo manual.... Dunno. I'm stuck. I guess it's possible that the mobo is fried or the CPU was DOA or got damaged somehow. It's just that.... I was so freakin careful. I've been beating my head against this project for over a month. Aside from starting fresh with entirely new parts, replaced one by one, I am out of ideas.