|"am getting no beep when boot"|
I missed that.
"I'm assuming that
- if your NVIDIA 9600GT 1GB card has one or two power sockets on it that you have plugged (an) appropriate power connector(s) into that(those) socket(s) from the power supply), and that the card is all the way down in it's slot.
- you have plugged TWO connectors from the power supply into the mboard power sockets - the main 24 pin one, and another 4 or 8 pin one. "
Have you ?
I should have said two or three connectors for the mboard power sockets.
The connectors from the power supply you use must fill the sockets they plug into. .
The one for the 24 pin socket is usually two pieces coming from the same wiring bundle - a 20 pin piece and a 4 pin piece - both must be connected - the 4 pin piece latches or slides onto the 20 pin piece on one end - they only go into their sockets in one possible place.
There is also a 4 or 8 pin power socket on the mboard that a connector (or two connectors from the same wiring bundle if it's 8 pin?) from the power supply must be pluggeed into to fill it.
Do you have a case speaker or some other sound device (e.g. a piezo device) hooked up to the pins for a speaker on the mboard ?
Modern mboards seldom if ever have a built in sound producing device for mboard beeps etc.
Also, in rare cases, there are no pins on the mboard that will produce sound - mboard beeps - from a sound device - you won't hear mboard beeps unless you have amplified speakers that are powered on and connected to the onboard sound (bright green colored port). (The mboard manual will not mention pins you hook a case speaker or other sound device to in that case.)
If you do have ram installed make sure it's all the way down in it's slots and installed in the right direction so that the bump in the bottom of the slot(s) lines up with the notch in the bottom of module(s contact edge.
Improperly seated ram can cause no error beep(s) and no video while booting.
Ram that is incompatible with using it in your mboard can cause the same things.
You will get no video in any case if there's no ram module(s) installed in the mboard. but you should get an error beep or an error beep pattern when no ram is installed.
A good test for incompatible ram or damaged ram or improperly seated ram is to remove all ram modules then try booting the computer - you will get no video but you should hear an error beep pattern if nothing else is wrong.
If any ram module was installed backwards in it's slot and you then attempted to boot the computer, both the backwards ram module and the circuis of the ram slot it was in are fried instantly. You may have noticed a foul burning plastic smell, perhaps you saw a small puff of smoke. There will be at least one damaged or missing (it was zapped - vaporieed - or it fell off when you removed the module) contact on the module, and damage evident in the ram slot when you use good lighting - black carbon deposits, plastic has been melted. You may or may not be vable to get the mboard to work, if you clean up the carbon deposits and any plastic that is bridging contacts in the damaged ram slot, and use undamaged ram in undamaged ram slots.