* Anyone can do something stupid. I fried a 2GB thumb drive once after I had plugged the 9 pin case USB header into the motherboard's 9 pin serial connector. (USB interfaces do not like plus and minus 12 volts.) And that was after I rtfm'ed.
I was composing when you posted your second query. Considering the time differences between us, you are burning the midnight oil. Unless you have some sort of weird work or school schedule, it might be better to get some sleep and start fresh later. I know that may be difficult because the unresolved problem will probably be like a mouse knawing on the edges of your consciousness.
I'm that way. Unresolved problems, especially technical problems, especially especially personal technical problems ("Why doesn't this freakin' thing work?") bother me.
i get no beeps at all, if i unplug the video card i get a continuous long beep. my psu is extreme power 500w (rp-500-pcar)
Do you mean unplug the 6 pin 12 volt PSU connector from the video card or remove the video card from the motherboard?
Is that continous beep coming from the motherboard, or the video card? If it's coming from the video card with the 6 pin connector plugged in, you probably have a PSU problem. That loud continous beep is normally eVGA's way of telling you, "Hey dummy. You forgot to plug in the aux video power!!"
I did that once when I tore down Box #1 to upgrade the HSF to the ThermalRight. Startling, but not too bad. After all, that time, I knew I was starting with a working system.
I took a few minutes to do some research on your PSU. I looked at the newegg reviews: 48% 5 star rating and a lot of failures pointing to quality control problems. One of the reviewers said the 12 volt output is inadequate for a gaming machine with upper end video card requiring lots of power.
There's a wiki article that ranks PSU brands and models:
awsome thank you for y our hard work, the fan on the video card starts up, do you still think it could be a psu problem? and it powers everything else. otherwise looks like i am springing for another psu
Yes. In addition to all the power outputs, a PSU also generates a control signal called something like "PSGood" or "PWROK". This should go to a logic HIGH (typically around 3.5 to 5 volts) within a half second of power up.
You can find it on pin 8 (I think it is the grey wire) of the main power supply connector. If you are careful you should be able to get a multimeter probe onto the molex pin to measure it.
Without this signal, the CPU stays reset. The easiest thing to do is to borrow a known good PSU for testing.
it shouldnt be this hard why cant it all just work when i plug it in:/ im following the wiki guide, and have just those 3 hooked up. and i get the continuous beep, and then shut down. and its not the psu because i have 3 of them now