Hello, I've bastardised a few computers over the years, and my old one is almost completely different from when it was new out the catalogue (I think only the case is the same). I've just put together my first scratch built system and the bloody thing won't work.
So I come here as my brother tells me you lot are the guys to talk to.
Anyway, the system is:
4 gig ram,
Asus P5K-SE (which I have just discovered was a big mistake),
Gainward GF 8800GT
and a 520W power supply.
Turn power on and the keyboard and USB mouse flash momentarily then go blank. All the fans are up and running, including the graphics fan. The hard drive and DVD make lovely chuntering noises but the moniter does absolutely nothing.
I've taken everything out of the system apart from the minimum (Mobo, CPU, PSU and graphics card) and still get nothing. On one occasion the computer did put a message on screen saying there was an error, no hard drive found, but after reconnecting the hard drive nothing happened and now disconnecting it again I can't get the message back up. So apart from that one time I've got nothing.
I've got a suspicion it's the Mobo that's screwed, or possibly too little power (although I checked up and 520 should be more than enough). So does anyone have any ideas?
You will need a socket 775 CPU supported by the BIOS version the Gigabyte MB shipped with. Not familiar with Gigabyte, but a 65nm C2D processor will do. A Pentium D would work as well. Once the system is up and running get the proper BIOS version online that supports the E8400 from the Mfg. product page. Instructions for flashing the BIOS are in your MB manual.