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October 15, 2013 12:25:38 PM

Hello guys,

i have come to an end as far as my knowledge goes with building a computer.

Here is what I purchased:

1. ASUS F2A85-M PRO FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model 997123
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also adding: Kingston HyperX Genesis 16GB Kit of 2 (2x8GB) 1600MHz PC3-12800 DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM XMP Desktop Memory KHX16C9K2/16X
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008PK0KAM/ref=oh_deta...

3. AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7660D AD580KWOHJBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD5000HHTZ 500GB 10000 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


For my graphics card i have two and could use both:

1. GIGABYTE GV-R467ZL-1GI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 DVI-I/HDMI/D-SUB Crossfire Ready Graphics Card GV-R667D3-2GI
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0086A7AB8/ref=oh_deta...


For my power supply i am using:

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with Build-in LED Fan On/Off Switch
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The issues that I am having:
I connected everything but i am getting no graphics on my screen what so ever.
On my Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 DVI-I/HDMI/D-SUB Crossfire Ready Graphics Card GV-R667D3-2GI the fan doesnt even spin when powered on

instead on the: GIGABYTE GV-R467ZL-1GI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

the fan does spin but still no graphics :( 

Everything else seems to be working OK but then again i am no expert in this.

When i hit the Dram_Led button while the PC is on i get a red flashing light
and it does not stop


Anything you guys can tell i am doing wrong or maybe some of the parts i am installing are not compatible?

Any help is greatly appreciated so thank you in advance!

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October 15, 2013 12:34:10 PM

interesting. have you made sure you have the 8 pin CPU cable plugged in as well as the main 24 pin? if you haven't already you could try turning the PC on with only one 8GB stick, and a different RAM slot when you try the other 8GB stick.
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October 15, 2013 12:37:19 PM

Do you have both memory kits installed at once? That is definitely a no-go. Even buying two of the same kit, 2 separate packages at different times, can cause stability issues. 2 kits with completely different MHZ ratings and timings can not be mixed.

Are the video cards verified to be working? Can you get video from just the integrated graphics on the APU?

It could be possible the motherboard is shorting from something touching a contact on the bottom/on a standoff.
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October 15, 2013 12:54:45 PM

dwatterworth said:
Do you have both memory kits installed at once? That is definitely a no-go. Even buying two of the same kit, 2 separate packages at different times, can cause stability issues. 2 kits with completely different MHZ ratings and timings can not be mixed.

Are the video cards verified to be working? Can you get video from just the integrated graphics on the APU?

It could be possible the motherboard is shorting from something touching a contact on the bottom/on a standoff.



I am only using memory kit at a time (Kingston).

I have tried getting picture from just the integrated APU and not even installing a graphics card and still no luck :( 


How would i find is smth is shorting the MOBO?
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October 15, 2013 1:02:40 PM

you have a weird rig...?? you mixed too many different hardwares at the same time
ram= no compatible (1600 vs 2400)
you have two differents gpu...??why?
your psu is not reliable



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October 15, 2013 1:06:34 PM

It's a pain in the butt to find what is shorting if something actually is but pull the motherboard out of the case and set it on the anti-static bag that it came in. Like JWK3 mentioned, make sure you have the 4+4 pin CPU power connector hooked up to the motherboard, not a 6+2 pin PCIe cable. Should be the red ended cable, not a black one.

Also in agreement with JWK3 on the memory. Install 1 stick in the first slot (reference motherboard manual to find which is the primary slot). If the system still won't power on, try 1 stick at a time and run through them all.
To start with, unhook everything that isn't necessary to power up. Unhook all SATA and USB devices, leaving 1 stick of memory and front panel power/reset buttons hooked up. I would try this before pulling everything out of the case. Pull the motherboard from the case if you exhaust all other options. Try this with only the integrated graphics first, then try a video card if the integrated graphics won't detect either. Just try 1 part at a time basically, it's usually a process of elimination at a point like this.
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October 15, 2013 1:10:20 PM

jwk3 said:
interesting. have you made sure you have the 8 pin CPU cable plugged in as well as the main 24 pin? if you haven't already you could try turning the PC on with only one 8GB stick, and a different RAM slot when you try the other 8GB stick.


Can you explain this to a 5th grader lol? I see no cables on my CPU...
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October 15, 2013 1:15:38 PM

badboyrog said:
you have a weird rig...?? you mixed too many different hardwares at the same time
ram= no compatible (1600 vs 2400)
you have two differents gpu...??why?
your psu is not reliable

The reason why i have 2 GPU is because i had them previously from my old PC. Only planning to use one though. As far as the ram goes are you saying i cannot use all 4 of them at the same time?


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October 15, 2013 1:21:01 PM

ok... on the mobo you have a 8 pins connector (cpu) and you have a 24 pin for the main power of the mobo
on your graphic card i think you d ont have any connector to plug in , i had one before and it didnt have a connector on the gpu
check if your psu got the good connector to power the mobo


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October 15, 2013 1:21:57 PM

There should be an 8 pin connector on your motherboard.

Right, you can only use 2 of the sticks of the same type at the same type. If you are looking at your motherboard from the top down, it is directly behind the ports for the keyboard/mouse/usb etc. That is where the red ended 8 pin power connector from the power supply goes.
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October 15, 2013 1:35:06 PM

I have uploaded some photos for you guys and a pic of the red ended cable with PCI-E written on it which is currently not connected anywhere. It is a very short cable













If any other photos or even videos would help make this easier to understand let me know i can have it done
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October 15, 2013 1:39:41 PM

badboyrog said:
ok... on the mobo you have a 8 pins connector (cpu) and you have a 24 pin for the main power of the mobo
on your graphic card i think you d ont have any connector to plug in , i had one before and it didnt have a connector on the gpu
check if your psu got the good connector to power the mobo




Correct my graphics cards has no cables. it just installs in the appropriate port

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October 15, 2013 1:40:44 PM

Ok my fault, the image on Newegg shows the CPU power cable with a red end. That is the PCIe cable like you said that you have in the pics. Sorry. So what you need is the ATX 12V/EPS 12V connector. It has yellow and black wires going into two 4-pin connectors that need to be combined and connected into the socket that is in your second from the top picture. Blue socket, 8 pins. It is right above the large blue aluminum heatsink. The 8 pin socket is labeled EATX12V.
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October 15, 2013 1:42:16 PM

thanks for the pictures...well the cpu connector is not connected ...this a blue socket near the blue heatsink , you have to connecting (8 pins )
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October 15, 2013 2:01:20 PM

Wow i must have FACEPALMED myself and the so called "tech guy " at my job for not knowing this. I now have graphics. I will update you guys if i run into any more issues.

I feel so dumb but hey you live and you learn lol

Thanks a bunch guys
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