Hey guys! I know this may seem like a dumb question but i can't find a spot to connect my power switch or reset switch or LED header too, my liquid cooling system is lighting up when i connect the power supply so i know that both the power supply/mobo are functioning. I tried connecting them to item #23 in the manual, a red light appears in the front of my tower but its the little circle not the big one . Any ideas?
Some of the 8 core require a BIOS update. Check the CPU Support list: http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/970%20Extreme3/?cat=CPU
And yes, the system would not POST without RAMs and GPU.
However the case fans should spin when starting the board.
Is the 8-pin power cable connected to the motherboard?
Your 8 pin is mis-arranged for the socket of your Mobo, this happens sometimes, you can verify this by looking in the header pinouts in the motherboard manual and comparing it to the header pin-outs written on the front panel switch. This is why your reset button is on, your mobo is sending electricity to your reset light instead of your power button as they are misaligned
The solution is somewhat simple and safe, but not for the faint of heart. Take a craft knife and cut between the two leftmost rows of the case connector, then rotate them 90 degrees.
You must have a old or rare case, most new cases come with them already separated for this very reason.