Let me start off by saying I read these forums like a bible since building my computer and this is my first post, be gentle!
I bought a Dell Studio XPS 435t/9000 (the model was renamed at some point), and I loved it. It ran great and had some decent hardware inside. After a while I decided that I wanted to get into building my own computers. Money was my biggest concern, so what better way to get my feet wet than to buy a new, nice case and just "move" my computer to it. This decision left me forced to get a little bit more than my feet wet, let me explain.
I chose the HAF 932 computer chassis for my project and I was very impressed with the features and the cooling. I began dismantling the Dell Studio in preparation for the move. Unfortunately, a few problems occurred.
The heatsink that was attached to my motherboard was a no-name, alternatively mounted heatsink. The Heatsink screwed DIRECTLY into the back of the inside of the chassis. if you don't know, the HAF 932 (and many other 3rd party chassis) have a big open square where the heatsink is placed. This left me with NO place to screw my heatsink into.
Also, Dell used a no-name motherboard (go figure). I could not find ANY documentation on the motherboard, no manuals, no nothing. I even called Dell and they pretty much blew me off, not helpful at all.
At this point, I have the dell motherboard inside the new case with no way of mounting the heatsink, and NO documentation on where ANYTHING plugs into on the motherboard. (keep in mind this is the very first time I had ever tried to move a computer to a new case). I was screwed. (As a sidenote, the power supply was also no-named and was not long enough to connect to the cd/hd drives).
So this is what I did:
I bought a new motherboard, an aftermarket heatsink, and a new power supply.
I installed all of the parts carefully making sure to do extensive research on installation as I built the computer. I had everything in the HAF 932, all the cables connected properly. I was ready to boot it up for the first time.
The computer boots up perfectly, all the fans run, the LEDS are lit, and I get it to POST, AWESOME!
Believe it or not, there is still a problem, i'm not just using this as my blog
When I boot up the computer, the monitor shows the bios screen (its a flashy screen with options on how to enter setup and whatnot) and it hangs and locks up. If I power down the computer and start it over, it POSTs perfectly, but it ALWAYS requires 2 "start-ups". If I restart the computer from windows, it POSTs perfectly. If I SHUT DOWN the computer, and then turn it on, I need to power it on twice due to the hang.
The motherboard I purchased has an LED readout that displays numbers and letters that tell me where it hangs, and when it hangs/locks up the motherboard reads "78". My motherboard manual lists this as:
"Initializes IPL devices controlled by BIOS and option ROMS"
Now, this isn't neccessarily a HUGE problem, but it's pretty annoying having to start my computer, wait for it to lock up, then restart it again to get to desktop.
Does anybody know what could be going on here?
CoolerMaster HAF 932 Case
Corsair GS600 Power Supply
ASRock x58 Extreme LGA 1366 Motherboard
Intel i7 920 2.66Ghz Quad Core
Ninja Scythe 3 CPU Cooler
Nvidia GeForce 460 GTX 1024 MB GDDR5
4GB DDR3 Memory
500GB Hard Drive
Windows 7 Home Premium
(If any further info is required I would be more than happy to help)