New computer/Monitor not working

June 24, 2010 at 15:08:22
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I have a newly built gaming computer with no OS. Everything is new and installed into a custom case:

MSI AMD 7550 Motherboard
AMD Phenom 9950
Corsair XMS2-6400 8gb (2GBx4)
Coolermaster CPU Cooler
Corsair 800D Case
Nexus RX-8500 PSU
ATI Sapphire 4870 VGA Card
ATI TV tuner card
LG Blu-ray Drive
Western Digital 2x1TB Green Drives
Rosewill Wireless Network Card

The computer turns on, the BD drive runs and opens, seems to read. I need to install Windows 7 on it (I have a disc) but I can't get the monitor to work. I have tried plugging a standard monitor into the two available ports and I tried plugging in a TV via the HDMI but I am not getting anything, the monitor just stays asleep. The fans are running as is everything else, seemingly. Any help is appreciated. Lamens terms please, I'm new at this! Thanks!

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June 24, 2010 at 15:33:22
Rule # 1 when building a system is to ALWAYS benchtest your hardware BEFORE installing it in the case!

How to Bench Test Your System

Curious hardware configuration. I don't know what an "MSI AMD 7550 Motherboard" is & also wonder why you got the old Phenom when the Phenom II's are so much better.

EDIT: the "AMD 7550" threw me off because it's actually a CPU model. Did you mean an MSI MS-7550?

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June 24, 2010 at 15:42:25
lol, as I said I am a lamen, that's just the specs I was given...

I am thinking that perhaps the hard drives that were put in are just WD MyBook drives stripepd from their cases and not formatted. could that be the problem?

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June 24, 2010 at 15:50:54
Did you build this or was it built for you? HDDs have nothing to do with the display on the monitor. If the screen remains blank, you either have a hardware problem or something was installed incorrectly. That's why it's very important to ALWAYS benchtest the hardware BEFORE installing it in the case!

If the hardware works outside the case but not after it's installed in the case, you'd know you have an installation problem. If it doesn't work outside the case, you obviously wouldn't install it in the case. Now you have no idea if you have an installation problem or a hardware problem.

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June 24, 2010 at 16:16:29
it was built for me, I actually won it as a custom gaming computer

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