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April 18, 2014 8:22:06 AM

I just finished building my first PC. Excited, I plugged everything in, connected my monitor, and turned it on.

The LEDs on my graphics card that indicate power began blinking, not staying on steadily.

Both of the original fans in my case, and the fan on the power supply repeatedly spin about a 1/4 rotation and stop. I can hear a slight *click* at the same second the fans try to spin. I think the sound is the power supply 'Powering Up' but then it seems like it's cutting out immediately.

What could be the issue? As far as I'm concerned, I plugged everything in correctly, but I've never done this before so it's worrying me.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Here is my build:

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3ppKb) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3ppKb/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3ppKb/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox) | $109.99 @ Amazon
**Motherboard** | [Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a97ler2...) | $73.98 @ OutletPC
**Memory** | [G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl9d8...) | $74.98 @ OutletPC
**Storage** | [Sandisk 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sandisk-internal-hard-driv...) | $50.99 @ Newegg
**Video Card** | [Asus Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-r9270dc2oc...) | $199.99 @ Amazon
**Case** | [Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc912kk...) | $49.99 @ Newegg
**Power Supply** | [Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx430) | $44.99 @ Newegg
**Optical Drive** | [Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-optical-drive-sh22...) | $15.00 @ Newegg
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | $89.98 @ OutletPC
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $709.89
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-18 11:21 EDT-0400 |

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a c 203 ) Power supply
April 18, 2014 8:36:52 AM

Make sure you using the correct number of stand offs on the case. It can cause a short. It is best to take everything out of the case and test it on a wooden surface /on top of the motherboard box.
Run through this guide:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/261145-31-perform-s...
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April 18, 2014 9:08:13 AM

I'm currently following the guide. After referring to my motherboard manual again, I noticed that neither of my case fans hook into the motherboard, even though the mobo has 'CHA FAN' connectors. Is that an issue?

I also noticed I forgot to install the 'speaker' wire that uses beeps to help with troubleshooting. After installing it and powering up, no beeps occurred but still wouldn't start up.
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a c 203 ) Power supply
April 18, 2014 9:13:04 AM

If the case fans uses molex power it is fine but you have no speed reading nor control.

'speaker' wire? do you mean HD audio? that is not the purpose of the wire. it is meant to allow the front panels headphones and mic to pass into the motherboard.
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April 18, 2014 9:32:26 AM

Suztera said:
If the case fans uses molex power it is fine but you have no speed reading nor control.

'speaker' wire? do you mean HD audio? that is not the purpose of the wire. it is meant to allow the front panels headphones and mic to pass into the motherboard.


I do not know what 'molex power' means, but the PSU does have a 4 pronged cable that matches both of the case fans and plugged up rather nicely, so that's what I was using out of assumption.

No the wire is not HD Audio. It is literally just a 5CM long wire with a plug on one end labeled 'speaker' and a small speaker on the other end. From my understanding through the mobo manual, it exists to put out a specific pattern of beeps to indicate certain boot up issues to aid in troubleshooting (it should be helping me with this issue) but even that isn't beeping.
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April 18, 2014 9:34:12 AM

Suztera said:
Make sure you using the correct number of stand offs on the case. It can cause a short. It is best to take everything out of the case and test it on a wooden surface /on top of the motherboard box.
Run through this guide:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/261145-31-perform-s...


How am I to test the system on a wooden surface if the standoffs would obviously then not be connected? Or are they only important if it is in the case.
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a c 203 ) Power supply
April 18, 2014 10:17:10 AM

Wfs0801 said:
Suztera said:
Make sure you using the correct number of stand offs on the case. It can cause a short. It is best to take everything out of the case and test it on a wooden surface /on top of the motherboard box.
Run through this guide:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/261145-31-perform-s...


How am I to test the system on a wooden surface if the standoffs would obviously then not be connected? Or are they only important if it is in the case.


stand off are important in case to not cause a short witht the case and the motherboard.
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April 18, 2014 10:20:45 AM

Oh ok, I see. Well, I connected everything, even the ssd and optical drive outside of the case. None of the fans ever came on (Case, PSU, CPU, or GPU), but the power indicating lights on both the GPU and the mobo stayed on rather than blinking repeatedly. So something has changed, and I plugged in and turned it on every time I installed a component. So I still don't really know what's wrong, but I'm going to go step by step through the guide and see where that gets me.
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April 18, 2014 10:44:09 AM

I just noticed that my graphics card has connection slots (idk what they're called) on both sides. One side, fits into the MOBO, but the other side has a very small slot for connection (just like into a connector on the MOBO) but nothing tells me to plug this in, what could this be?
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a c 203 ) Power supply
April 18, 2014 10:47:33 AM

Wfs0801 said:
I just noticed that my graphics card has connection slots (idk what they're called) on both sides. One side, fits into the MOBO, but the other side has a very small slot for connection (just like into a connector on the MOBO) but nothing tells me to plug this in, what could this be?


That is a crossfire finger. It is only used for connecting another graphic card to run in crossfire using a crossfire link. The PCI Express (PCIE) is the name of the connection between the graphic card and the motherboard.
EDIT: Did you plug in a 6 pin connector to the gpu? Is the cable secure? is the cables in your pc secure?
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April 18, 2014 10:59:59 AM

Oh ok, that would explain the crossfire cable that I received as well. Yes I did plug in the 6-pin cable from the PSU, I'm rebuilding it all right now, using that troubleshooting guide step by step to see what happens
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April 18, 2014 12:03:40 PM

I GOT IT!! Lol, I don't know what I did wrong, but taking it all apart and starting from scratch did the trick. Thanks a lot for your help and the link to that guide. I learned quite a few new things through building this, which is always great.
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a c 203 ) Power supply
April 18, 2014 12:14:00 PM

Wfs0801 said:
I GOT IT!! Lol, I don't know what I did wrong, but taking it all apart and starting from scratch did the trick. Thanks a lot for your help and the link to that guide. I learned quite a few new things through building this, which is always great.


Good to hear you fixed the problem.
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