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Old 11-02-2010, 03:26 PM   #1
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Hi, I just built my first computer with the following general components. (I'll list the steps I took)

Asus Sabertooth X58 motherboard
Corsair 850W power supply
Intel i7 950 processor
Intel Stockfan
Corsair Dominator 2x3 1600
MSI 470 GTX Twin Frozr II graphics card
LG blueray burner
120gb phoenix pro SATA II SSD
1Tb Seagate 3.0gb/s hard drive
Power-up card reader
Coolmaster HAF Full-size Computer Case

1. Anti-static
2. Case stand offs + placing motherboard in with IO shield
3. CPU in motherboard + stockfan (connected to motherboard cpu fan slot)
4. RAM placed correctly in triple channel position provided from board instructions
5. Video card placed in PCI-e slot
6. all drives in bays (SSD, HDD, Blueray, Cardreader) + SATA cables with sata slots
7. Case fans power connected to motherboard slots
8. Power supply in case
9. 26pin power connected + 8 pin power connected + 2x PCI e connected to video card + all drives (SSD, HDD, blueray, card reader) power connected
10. q-connector with case led, power, reset connected
11. case usb + HD audio connected

---finished--- (thats when i turned on the power)

***only the standby light on the motherboard appeared to be on everything else... my motherboard standby light is on, everything is connected, but won't boot up board, fans, led, or anything. The PSU fan won't even spin, also I already checked if the PSU was working.

*The psu fan was not spinning

*Tried using only 1 DIMM but still doesn't work

*Checked positioning of CPU, stock fan, and it was in the right place

**tested the PSU fan with paper clip (green wire black wire), it spins and works

****also forgot to mention, what i mean by turning on is switching the PSU on (I), meaning the power button wasn't functioning on the case, maybe its the connectors were defect? **i placed the case connections with the q-connector correctly as stated in the instructions

Getting ready to RMA motherboard, any suggestions on how to fix so I don't have to?
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:33 PM   #2
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This looks like a very nice build. MOst of us who have done this for a living (building computers) always start out this way out of the case:

Bench Test Your System

If you follow this, most likely you will be able to find the real problem as you go. Might be just a small thing, so I would do this as a first step.
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:31 PM   #3
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Is this correct *The psu fan was not spinning*? Or did you mean the CPU (processor) fan was not spinning?
Sound advice from Tumbleweed36 about bench testing. It helps avoid problems and assures all hardware is working properly.

All PC's are not the same. Posting your PC specs will help us to assist you quicker and effectively.
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