Bad CPU? Or bad motherboard? Help!

Micro-star international / Ms-7622
July 9, 2013 at 21:06:15
Specs: Windows 7, 2.9 GHz / 12287 MB
Saddle up fellas, this will be a long one. 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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#1
July 10, 2013 at 00:36:19
Sounds more likely to be a motherboard to be honest, are you sure you are inseting the graphics card in the correct slot on the motherboard?

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#2
July 10, 2013 at 07:01:44
Try to start the system without EPS12V connected.

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#3
July 10, 2013 at 10:36:47
Benchtest hardware:

- motherboard (with external speaker attached if there's none onboard)
- CPU with HSF (with thermal paste properly applied)
- one stick RAM (fully seated in proper slot)
- video card (if onboard not available) - 6-pin PCIe plug connected if required
- power supply (a good one, not cheap junk, properly connected 24-pin & 8-pin plugs)
- temporary power button attached (or jump the pins with a screwdriver)
- monitor
- keyboard

Is that how you did it?


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#4
July 10, 2013 at 12:29:32
I had the graphics card in the correct slot, in the PCI-E slot, and that is exactly how I bench tested it.

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#5
July 10, 2013 at 14:46:03
You didn't answer completely. Look at the list in #3 again, is that ALL you had connected? or did you have the mouse, HDD, DVD drive, 12GB RAM, etc, etc? You do not need those items for bench testing. Did you apply the thermal paste correctly - just a single tiny dab in the center of the CPU? Did you have a speaker connected to the board so that you could hear any BIOS beep codes?

If you want our help, you need to explain exactly what you did in detail. Also, you never listed the specs & what little info you did provide is incomplete. For example, "ASRock 970" - is that the complete model number of your board or is it ASrock 970 Extreme3, or Extreme 3 R2.0, or Extreme4, or Pro3??


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#6
July 10, 2013 at 18:04:13
Well well well. When I stated "thats exactly how I bench tested it" I assumed that would have gotten the point across that I did every exact thing on your list and nothing more. As for the full motherboard name it is the ASRock 970 Pro 3..

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#7
July 11, 2013 at 06:49:10
I assumed your comment about about "exactly how I bench tested it" had to do with your other comment about having the graphics card in the correct PCIe slot (PCIe2, correct?). And you did NOT list your specs like I asked. We have no idea which video card you have, whether it requires a 6-pin PCIe power plug or not, whether you had the plug connected or not, or whether your PSU is a decent one or a complete POS. You also didn't comment about whether you had a speaker connected to the board & if you did, whether or not there were any beeps. As far as I can tell, there's no built-in speaker:

http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/970%20...

BTW, the reviews of that board at Newegg are horrible. 24 out of 60 gave it one star, that's pretty bad.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#8
July 11, 2013 at 11:45:53
Got the SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB, that requires two 6 pin connecters, also Im pretty sure there is no built in speaker on the motherboard, like you stated.

BTW, I dont remember asking anything about the reviews on Newegg. Please stay on topic..


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