|I see you changed the setup that we discussed. Why did you go with an SLi board instead of the 780G? And why did you change the power supply? I just had a look at the BFG website to check the specs & they don't even list a 500W model?|
Anyhow, here's how you should proceed with your build:
1. benchtest your hardware BEFORE you install it in the case. This is a very important step that can save you a ton of headaches later on. If you're not familiar with benchtesting, what you'd be doing is testing the basic hardware to confirm it all works. By "basic hardware" I mean the motherboard, CPU, RAM, video & power supply. There's no point installing it in the case if it doesn't work.
2. assuming the benchtest goes well, the next step is kinda up to you. Some people will skip this step & go straight to installing the hardware in the case. Personally, what I would do is leave the hardware out of the case install ALL the RAM, connect a floppy drive, then run memtest86. If you weren't planning to install a floppy drive, I suggest you reconsider. They're relatively cheap & come in handy for running diagnostics, flashing the BIOS & installing the SATA drivers during the Windows installation. Anyhow, once you confirm ALL the RAM is good, move on to step 3:
3. install the same "basic hardware" that you just benchtested into the case, then test it again. This is another very important step. You already know the hardware is good because you benchtested it...if it doesn't work after you install it in the case, you probably did something wrong during the installation. A common mistake is to install a motherboard standoff in a wrong location causing a "short" on the underside of the board. But if the system boots up, enter the BIOS again, double check the CPU temp, then take the time to configure the BIOS settings.
4. if all the above checks out, shutdown, unplug the power cord, then install the rest of the hardware...optical drive, HDD, floppy drive, etc. Then go ahead & install Windows.