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1st computer help...errors?

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So, before I start to post anything, let me apologize if i'm in the wrong section for this. I didn't know where to really post this.

So, my computer parts are already here and the system itself is already assembled. The trouble is i'm having problems with the Memory(I think).

Here is the parts list:

Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3

Case: Antec 1200

Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB

CD/DVD Drive: LG DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive Black SATA Model GH22NS50B - OEM

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

Graphics card: PowerColor AX6970 2GBD5-M2DH Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16

Everything is pieced together and plugged in as I said. The Motherboard is getting power(the standyby power LED is green), but the DRAM LED is red and giving one long continuous beep. No continuous then short beeps after, just one solid beep. I know one continuous then 2 short beeps means no memory detected, 3 short beeps means no VGA detected, and 4 short beeps means a Hardware component failure. My original thoughts were that maybe I had to overclock the the system and then it would accept it, but the monitor won't display anything(other than the "no signal" message). I also know the motherboard accepts 1033 and 1066. So, i'm confused as to why it's giving me an error and making one continuous beep. Any ideas/suggestions?
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It is always preferable to test new builds on the bench before assembling in the case.
Remove EVERYTHING from the case.
Set the motherboard on a non conductive surface. The motherboard box is perfect for this. DO NOT PLACE THE MOTHERBOARD ON THE STATIC BAG! It can actually conduct electricity!
Install the CPU and heat sink.
Install 1 stick of RAM.
Install the video card and attach the power supply connection(s) to the card if your card needs it.
Connect the monitor to the video card.
Connect the power supply to the motherboard with both the 24pin main ATX Power connection and the separate 4 or 8 pin power connection.
Connect power to the power supply.
Do NOT connect ANYTHING else. Make sure you have the power connector on the CPU fan connected.
Use a small screwdriver to momentarily short the power switch connector on the motherboard. Consult your motherboard manual to find which two pins connect to your case's power switch. Then touch both pins with a screwdriver to complete the circuit and boot the system.

If all is well, it should power up and you should get a display. Then assemble the parts into the case and try again. If the system now fails to boot, you have a short in the case and need to recheck your motherboard standoffs.

If the system does not boot after this process, then you most likely have a faulty component. You'll need to swap parts, start with the power supply, until you determine what is defective
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All right. Thanks! I'll have to try that when I get home from work tonight. I'll update again to let you know the results.
All right. I did exactly as you said and I still got the same error(the red light and continuous beep). This may sound stupid, but is it possible to tell which part could be faulty? I'd rather not have to spend another thousand dollars to find ONE faulty part. I thought it might have just been the RAM (because of the DRAM LED lighting up red), so I replaced them with a couple of corsair ones in the motherboard booklet. That didn't solve anything. It confuses me as to why it is just making one loud continuous beep. The only other thing I can think of is that the motherboard is faulty(maybe it short circuited, but I can't imagine it still working if it did).
I have to ask: Are the auxilliary PCI-e power cables connected to the graphics card? Your 6970 requires two. A 6-pin and an 8-pin.

PS: Simple matter to eliminate the graphics card as the problem. Remove it totally and use your motherboard's onboard graphics.
With NO RAM installed attempt to boot. You should hear a repeated beep from the Mobo speaker. If you hear that beep, the Mobo is probably OK.
Refer to the last paragraph of the Bench test: If the system does not boot after this process, then you most likely have a faulty component. You'll need to swap parts, start with the power supply, until you determine what is defective
The 8pin connector wasn't plugged in. Now I feel REALLY stupid.

Nothing on the screen still, but the beep is gone. Let's try this again.
I'm betting you're good to go now!
Sometimes it's the simple things that are the most difficult.:grin:
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