|Follow the instructions in the mboard manual - the markings on the mboard can be confusing.|
"Stripped it down so that nothing is on the board but the psu, speaker, and the on button."
I assume the CPU is in it's socket ??
The cpu fan wiring connector MUST be connected to the proper cpu fan header, otherwise the mboard will probably shut off within seconds of when you first boot.
The no ram installed test .
Make sure you have a speaker or speakers or the equivalent connected to the mboard so you can hear mboard beeps (see your mboard manual if you need to).
Remove the AC power to the case/power supply.
Remove all the ram. (You don't have it installed in this case)
Restore AC power.
Try to boot.
If nothing else is wrong, you will get no video but you will hear a pattern of beeps that indicate no ram is installed, or a ram problem.
E.g. for an Award bios or a bios based on one, that's often a beep of about a half second, silence for a half second, a beep of about a half second, silence for a half second, continuously.
"""Many fellas make the common error of trying to use the detachable four pin connector from the 20+4 motherboard connector to power the CPU this does NOT work you must use the CPU power plug""
The PS wiring connectors and the power sockets they plug into are almost all "dummy proof" !
The only exception is the small 4 wire molex connector you normally plug into a floppy drive's or older video card's pins - that can sometimes be plugged in so it's not on the pins right.
All the connectors coming from the PS, and all the power sockets on the mboard, drives, and on modern video cards, are designed such that the plastic around the pins on the male connectors and in the female sockets, and/or the shape of the plastic on the outside of the socket, cannot be used with anything they weren't designed to be used with !
E.g. You cannot plug in the 4 pin connector in the PS's main connector 20 + 4 wiring pair into the 4 or 8 pin socket on the mboard !
You DO, however, have to have all required connectors from the PS plugged in !
You must connect wiring from the PS to the main 24 pin socket on the mboard, AND to a 4 or 8 pin socket on the mboard.
If your PS has the usual 20 pin + 4 pin pair of main plugs, if your mboard has a 24 pin main socket, you must plug in both of them - the 4 pin one is in the same wiring bundle as the 20 pin one, if it isn't already clipped onto the 20 pin one. Sometimes that 4 pin connector is tied back to the same wiring bundle so it isn't in the way of the 20 pin one.
If the mboard has an 8 pin power socket rather than a 4 pin one, if you don't have an 8 pin plug from the PS that fits in it, or a pair of 4 pin plugs in the same wiring bundle that will plug into that socket, then you must buy and use a wiring adapter for the 8 pin socket.
f you have a video card in a mboard slot, if it has a power socket, or sockets, you must connect wiring plug from the PS to that (those) socket too.