Dead mobo? USB and monitor not working with new build

BTW mods - go ahead and move this to Homebuilt if you like... where I should have posted this

I recently assembled my first build. Everything seems to be seated correctly (I've checked and rechecked). When I power the computer on, the fans run, leds turn on, and I can hear that the hard disk is spinning as well. However, when I plug in the monitor via DVI, it doesn't turn on with the computer. If I try to manually turn on the monitor, it just displays a 'no signal' message on the screen. When I plug in a keyboard/mouse (which I have confirmed work) into USB ports they don't seem to have any power (since the capslock light and mouse's laser don't light up). This applies to ALL of the USB ports, on the mobo itself and on the front panel. The only thing the mobo seems to be doing correctly is running the CPU fan...

I tried clearing the CMOS; no change.

My hunch is that the mobo is dead, either on arrival or because I screwed up somewhere along the line.

Is there any way to confirm this?

parts:
cpu: AMD FX-8150
mobo: MSI 970a-g43
gpu: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950
ram: 2 Corsoir 4GB DDR3 (all I know atm)
hdd: Seagate Barracuda
psu: Raidmax Hybrid 2 RX-730SS (730 watts)
case: Ultra Rogue M950

Thanks for your time
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  1. Did you plug in the EATX 8 pin connector?

    Take the gpu out, and run your setup on the IGPU. Once you get running, then install drivers for gpu.
    Make sure you download the newest drivers for the m/b from MSI - don't use the driver disk.

    Mark
  2. Well, the motherboard I bought was pretty much bare minimum (ie: cheap) and doesn't have a IGPU. But I did try my old video card and memory. No change, computer doesn't boot.

    RMA! Thanks anyways.

    markwp said:
    Did you plug in the EATX 8 pin connector?

    Take the gpu out, and run your setup on the IGPU. Once you get running, then install drivers for gpu.
    Make sure you download the newest drivers for the m/b from MSI - don't use the driver disk.

    Mark
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