New Computer problem, not booting up??

Gigabyte Ga-g31m-es2l desktop motherboar...
May 14, 2012 at 13:50:35
Specs: Windows 7 pro, i5 3450/4gb
Hey, ive just put together a new build My specs are,-
Asrock H61m-vs motherboard (new B3 stepping chipset adopted?)
intel core i5-3450 CPU
500GB barracuda 7200 HDD
4GB rendition Ram
Galaxy III case (with free P S U = Winpower, model no; AD-F520A2-30)

my problem is when i switch the compter on it looks and sounds like its turning on ok, however there is nothing being displayed on screen, i just get a blank screen also none of the lights on my keyboard flash when its turned on like they do with my other comps at boot-up?? I think my mmotherboard may need a bios update but how do i do this if nothing is on the screen?? or could the problem be the poor PSU?? can someone help me out please, ty, Roderick.


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#1
May 14, 2012 at 14:57:43
Did you assemble this system yourself? Did you benchtest the board before you installed it in the case? Are you sure the heatsink was installed correctly on the CPU? Did you use a thermal pad or thermal paste? If you used paste, it should have been applied using the "vertical line" method:

http://www.arcticsilver.com/pdf/app...

As for the Winpower CPU, it's cheap generic garbage & should not be used in a modern system.

http://www.internetct.co.uk/500wwin...


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#2
May 14, 2012 at 15:09:50
yes i assembled it myself, no i didn't bechtest the mobo, yes everything is installed correct the CPU came with its own paste already on the intel cooler etc ive been building comps for a few years, but never had this problem...

I have a question: I think it is the bios that need updated (as it is stated on the Asrock website).. so Can You tell me.. how will i go about updating the bios on my comp, if i can even get it to boot up or have any display on screen??? please help soon..


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#3
May 14, 2012 at 16:25:54
Experienced builders always benchtest. And as I said, the power supply is pure garbage & should not be used in a modern system. Save it for an old P2 system & buy something decent for your i5 build.

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#4
May 14, 2012 at 17:01:10
Hey man the PSU should at least run a few components, the pc case is practically empty, i dont even have a DVD drive at mo (please dont ask me "how im going to install a OS" im getting one soon).. surely i would at least get a post screen.. a beep... a bios page even, with the PSU (the computer Switches on OK, all the lights come on and fans spin etc.. everything looks like its working ok)

Cant you Please tell me how i would go about updateing my bios??? AS on the asrock website its says i need a bios update, SOOO.. how can i update the bios on my mobo man, if i only have the hardware that i have listed and i dont get any display on screen at boot?>??? any ideas on...(how to update THE BIOS.. ONLY).

ps i already know my PSU is the worst psu on the planet and i already know how to instal a cooler that comes with paste PRE-applyed to heatsink already for me, im not an expert pc builder just 2/3 Home builds in 2/3 years, so i dont have the equipment to do "Benchtest" on mobo sorry man.. please forgive me, Can you please tell me how i can update these bios Man.. come on..

1 final thing could it be my crt monitor (my HD monitor broke down recently getting a new one soon as), i read somewhere that i need a digital monitor not analog, could this be the issue of nothing being displayed??


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#5
May 14, 2012 at 20:07:33
I don't know what to tell you. You broke the 2 most important rules of PC building 101 - you didn't benchtest & you have cheapazz PSU. Take the board out of the case & start from scratch. If you don't know how to benchtest (no special tools are required), here's an explanation:

How to Bench Test / Troubleshoot Your System

BTW, the montitor has nothing to do with it. But I just had a look at the CPU support list for your board, the i5-3450 ain't on it:

http://www.asrock.com/mb/cpu.asp?Mo...

Even if the CPU would be supported after a BIOS update, you would need to temporarily install a CPU that IS supported, flash the BIOS, then swap the CPUs.

http://www.asrock.com/support/BIOSU...


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#6
May 14, 2012 at 20:23:40
You do not need special equipment to bench test your components, just patients. Just Google "Bench Test Computer Components" and you will get many sites that will show you the basics or you can just look up the "How Tos" right here.
If your motherboard requires a BIOS update in order to run a 3rd generation i-series CPU then you will need to have a 2nd generation i-series CPU to install in it temporarily in order to do the BIOS update. You will either need to borrow one or you will need to return your motherboard with '6' series chipset and exchange it for a motherboard with a '7' series Chipset. This would be the preferred method since this would allow you to get the most out of your CPU. The ability to upgrade many of the '6' series chipset motherboards is mainly for those who purchased or built computers before the release of the Ivy Bridge CPU's to upgrade later, not for you to purchase and mix older tech with newer tech. This is why you are having trouble.
Know that if you NOW remove your heat sink, you will need to remove the thermal compound that was preapplied completely and properly apply new thermal compound. This will need to be done even if you are temporarily installing a CPU for a BIOS update since the heat build up will be way too fast if you do not.

Get at least one like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
or these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
But these would be better:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#7
May 15, 2012 at 03:04:34
ty, thats what i already thought, wish i didnt put myself through this torture AGAIN, of trying to get a simple answer on this site, its as if you come on here to ask a question and you get trolled something awful, "my motherboard need a bios update...how do" ... answer= duhhh yewr need to be an expert benchtesticle.. did yew intall da thermal paste an da heetsink an an an thermal padsss ^_- .. no well F'K yewww...

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#8
May 15, 2012 at 05:20:56
MOST believe that a bench test is always required before you assemble. This will reveal MOST problems before you assemble it.
IF you decide to assemble first, you MUST accept that you might just have to tear it all the way down and start over.
I HAVE built a couple straight through and have been lucky (or just careful on the component list, only time will tell), BUT I understood that I might have more work figuring out what component was bad.
We are just trying to get the whole picture before answering since many posters are chincy with the information.
We are also trying to educate everyone just a little bit so maybe we do not get the same questions over and over, and over.....
Like I said, if possible, swap the board for one that is really made for your CPU. It will be worth the trouble.
Good luck.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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