Solved Bad CPU? Bad Motherboard? Wrong step somewhere?

Micro-star international / Ms-7622
January 12, 2015 at 17:54:19
Specs: Windows 7, 2.9 GHz / 12287 MB
Okay, I have had this problem for about two years now, Ive hard the parts just sitting up untill this point. About a year and a half ago I bought a new CPU and Motherboard, the CPU is an AMD FX-6100 at 3.3 GHz and the socket type is AM3+ the motherboard is an ASRock 970 with obviously, an AM3+ socket type. I installed the new motherboard, CPU, and made sure all the cables were in place. Fired up my rig and nothing..the fans were spinning, the GPU was powered up, everything had power, but there was nothing on the screen. So, I reset the BIOS, tried again, same problem, took out the GPU, nothing, same issue. Checked all cables again and still.. same problem. Tried with just one stick of RAM, same issue. Then I bench tested it, and I had once again the same problem, everything powered up, but nothing on the screen. The screen always goes into sleep mode when this happens. So, I ended up, putting my old motherboard and CPU back in and the computer booted with no problem and everything was normal. Im thinking the CPU was DOA. Someone tell me what to do. Im out of ideas. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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January 12, 2015 at 22:46:58
Do I have this correct. In essence, if we put the new board in, and new gpu etc, but the hard drive already has an installation based off the original motherboard chipset, drivers etc and for that installation of windows? If so did you save the data incase the new components forced a reinstall of windows from scratch? You say you reset the bios,, was this a manual reset thing, or do you see the bios screen come up? If you can get a bios screen we have room to work.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!

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January 13, 2015 at 15:36:06
What power supply and graphics card models are you using?

Do you see any POST screens?

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January 13, 2015 at 16:26:15
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Hardware should ALWAYS be bench-tested before being installed in a case. You apparently did it as an afterthought but you may have shorted something out during the initial in-case assembly. Please provide your hardware list & include make/model numbers. ASRock made at least a 1/2 dozen boards based on the AMD 970. Did you check the CPU support list to verify that FX-6100 is supported by the BIOS version that shipped with the board?

Another possibility is the thermal paste was applied incorrectly or the power supply is too weak. Post that hardware list & maybe one of us will be able spot something.

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