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a b V Motherboard
August 28, 2013 8:55:31 AM

Good Afternoon all,

I am currently building my first PC, unfortunately I am 17 years old so i do not have the money to fork out £1,400.00 GBP ($2,175.00 USD) to get all the parts straight away.

I brought my Corsair 350D mATX case last month for £100 ($155)

This month I have brought my ASRock Z77 Pro4-M motherboard and Akasa Venom 550w Modular PSU... as I cannot test the build properly without a CPU, RAM, HDD etc. I was wondering it there was any way to test if they are both working?

I was thinking about connecting the PSU to the motherboard are connecting a fan to the Chassis Fan header and turn it on to see it it works but didnt know if this would damage the MB without a CPU or properly shutting it down... (other that holding down the off button on my case...)

All help is much appreciated

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a c 99 V Motherboard
August 28, 2013 9:49:21 AM

You can't fully test the motherboard. You can't tell if the RAM slots, CPU socket, or SATA ports are working correctly without the components.

Connecting the PSU to the mobo without the CPU and such and powering it on would not damage it.

Here's a guide to test the PSU: http://www.corsair.com/en/blog/testing-your-corsair-pow...

But the best way to test if they both work is to have all your components.
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a b V Motherboard
August 28, 2013 10:41:37 AM

ihog said:
You can't fully test the motherboard. You can't tell if the RAM slots, CPU socket, or SATA ports are working correctly without the components.

Connecting the PSU to the mobo without the CPU and such and powering it on would not damage it.

Here's a guide to test the PSU: http://www.corsair.com/en/blog/testing-your-corsair-pow...

But the best way to test if they both work is to have all your components.


Of course, I just want to know that the board itself is not dead or completely damaged.
If you are saying I can connect the PSU to the MB and power it on (via the case's 'ON' button) without damaging it, will I be able to plug in a case fan, and test them both that way?

Of course the best way to test everything is to crack on with building the whole system, but as I said, I do not have the luxury to buy all of my components straight away.
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a c 99 V Motherboard
August 28, 2013 10:45:44 AM

Yes, you can.

And yeah, this is why people say to buy your build all at once, and if you don't have the money to, then wait and save.
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