|I put together my first self-build and was expecting to see something about the BIOS on the screen but when it boots I see nothing. |
Here’s a list of the hardware I have:
Case – CoolerMaster CM 590 ATX
MoBo – Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P
Processor – AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black
Memory – Corsair DDR3-1333 2gb x 2
HDD – Hitachi 3.5” 500gb SATA
DVD burner – Samsung 22x SATA
Video card – HIS HD4850 512mb PCIE2
Power supply – CoolerMaster 600w
Monitor – Acer 20” LCD (I know, it’s an Acer…but it was on sale and I was already over budget)
Here are the facts as I know them to be:
1. System is getting power – system fans are turning.
2. Processor fan is turning
3. Video card fan is turning
4. I can hear the hard drive spin up
5. DVD is getting power – door opens and closes
6. Monitor works with my laptop, although it doesn’t look great.
7. I attached corded keyboard and corded mouse I had laying around.
8. Tried hooking monitor up with DVI connector and VGA adaptor. Also tried both connections on video card. If I move from one monitor connection to the other the monitor briefly says “no signal”.
9. Mobo has a SATA bracket that goes in one of the card slots. I disconnected power and the SATA cables from the mobo to rule that out.
10. Mobo has 4 slots for memory, 2 blue and 2 white. I’ve tried moving the sticks around since I’m not sure if they have to be in a certain position or if one of the slots might not be functioning correctly.
11. I’ve tried connecting the HDD and DVD to different SATA ports, thinking maybe one of the SATA ports isn’t working correctly.
From the start, the only part that I’m a little unsure about is the memory. It isn’t listed as having been tested with this mobo but the saleslady said she was sure it would work.
One question: The main power harness from the power supply has 2 fittings on the end – 1 with 8 pins and 1 with 24. I’m assuming both of those need to be plugged in.
The only thing I can think of that I did that they said not to do was to unseat the processor fan. When I first put it on top of the processor I didn’t realize the cord for the fan wouldn’t reach. I took it off and turned it 180 degrees so it would reach. Maybe I don't have enough "goo" between the fan and processor now?
Any assistance is greatly appreciated. I don't think I'm that far from having a great game...er...I mean work machine!! :)