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My first build. Problems already... :(

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Hey guys, My name is Ryan. I've been goofing around for awhile and I Decided to finally build a system that meets my needs. It is going to be a basic web browsing system, maybe two games, and it will be heavily used for audio recording music. Here are the specs.

RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100234HDMI Radeon HD 3450 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

ASUS P5Q Turbo LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM

ZALMAN CNPS7000B-AlCu LED 2 Ball Cooling Fan - Retail

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM

Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 Desktop Memory

Okay, I don't have ALL of the parts yet. The only thing left to get would be the Processor. But I got the MOB last night and the hard drive and I wanted to start putting it together. Some may say that I got ahead of myself :4- but I wanted to see my case fans & lights going, so I hooked them up to my PSU and there was a flash of light and a loud POP!. I tried to test my PS after the fact. I found out that I should have used a paper clip to test it with the case fans, and now the PS fan won't even turn. Does it sound like I blew my PSU up?

Also, My case came with NO information on how to power up all of my stuff with the power supply connections. Are there any good tutorials over this kind of stuff anwywhere?


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quite possibly. Do you have another power supply you can test your motherboard with? I would think a RMA is in order
I guess if I have to buy a new PS it will be this one...

Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Power Supply - Retail

any thoughts?

quite possibly. Do you have another power supply you can test your motherboard with? I would think a RMA is in order
Well, I thought about an RMA, but I have been buying everything in peices and I bought it on march the 3rd which means that the thirty days are up. Then I have to pay shipping there and back. So I am almost to the point where I think it would be better just to get another PSU.

I have an old desktop I could yank the supply out of.

How do you test the mother board without a CPU in it?

EDIT: As you can tell I am completley new to this stuff. I appriciate any and all help.
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so 500 watts is not enough then?

Also, what do you guys think about this build? Did I do good in my selection of hardware and such? I didn't really have any help, and didn't know that this forum exsisted!
Yep think you got ahead of yourself....surely something grounded when you powered up. The PSU you listed should be fine. I have the same case and the PSU was removed as soon as I got it. Why buy quality parts and then use a no-name PSU. All the power leads on that case plug into 4 pin molex plugs and there are five that need to be plugged in for the 4 case fans and the Reset switch. The other cables are labled, use your motherboard instructions to see where they plug in....pretty simple. It wasn't the 500 watts that was the problem, it was that something grounded. Even the supplied PSU would have lasted through a test. Just a note, did you "all" the brass standoffs for the motherboard correctly. I had to move a couple from where they came preinstalled and then add the others from the baggie.
I'm not sure what you mean by "all". But I didn't have to move any of the standoff's around, they all matched up well with my MOB.

EDIT: man, now I am worried about EVERYTHING being screwed up, I mean, could that have hurt my MOB? I am such an idiot. I should have done a less expensive build than this for my first one. But I had worked on computers previously and thought I had it under control. :upset:
General Rule: If at all possible, try to get all of your parts at once.
ALWAYS do an on-the-bench test.
By "all" I was referring to many MB having some brass stand-offs preinstalled and then including others in a plastic baggie. Hopefully not too much is broken...wish you luck with the testing.
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