First time setting up a computer

John B February 4, 2009 at 20:48:19
Specs: Windows Vista
So I'm building a computer by myself but have run into some trouble, I can get all the fans to run, light to show from my mobo + GPU but I never hear a beep on startup so something's wrong.

I took everything apart today and noticed this after taking my CPU fan off. Is this normal? I was told that thermal paste is optional, is this normal?

* Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
* GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
* BFG Tech BFGEGTX2801024E GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
* CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
* Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model
* CORSAIR XMS3 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
* SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
* LG 22X DVD?R DVD Burner Black SATA Model

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February 4, 2009 at 22:00:38
Thermal paste is not optional.

If you removed the cooler, you should clean the CPU and cooler and apply new thermal paste.

Once upon a time the floppy disk was king.

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February 5, 2009 at 05:21:44
1. Thermal paste is NOT optional. *Most* heatsinks come with a thermal pad preinstalled, if not, paste MUST be used. Here's the instructions...find your CPU & read them over:

2. ALWAYS benchtest the main components (board, CPU, RAM, video, power supply) outside of the case to confirm they're good. Check the temp readings in the BIOS & manually configure the BIOS settings for best performance. If everything checks out, transfer only the above components into the case. After they'll installed, test them again.

3. after completing the above, install just the floppy drive & run Memtest86 to confirm the RAM is good. If you don't have a floppy drive, install just the optical drive & run Memtest86 from a CD instead.

4. if everything checks, install the rest of the components, then the OS/drivers/software.

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