Update 2: Build complete... Issue with BIOS... Long beep... Detailed post below. Update 1: Build complete... Issue with CPU Loading... Detailed post below.
I am building my system right now. I have a quick question. Please advice.
I installed the Q6600 processor on the motherboard (ep35c-ds3r) and put the stock heatsink fan on top of it.... but I did not use any thermal paste or heat sink paste. Is it ok go ahead or am I risking something ????
I am not planning to Overclock the current config.
If this is a retail chip and this is the first time that either the chip or the HSF (heat sink and fan) have been used, then there is a small pad of thermal goo already on the HSF from the factory. This will suffice. If the HSF has been used already then you would need to use some form of therlmal past. If it is an aftermarket HSF, you would need to find out whether it comes pre-goo-ed or whether you need to put some thermal goo on it yourself. Good luck. And make sure that you follow the instructions and get the HSF on correctly and tightly.
The three grey stripes on the heat sink were the thermal material. You are ok there. Do turn the mobo over and look at the back to be certain that all 4 push pins are all the way through, and that the heat sink is firmly secured.
Check the manuel. Does it just indicate that the cpu is under load? If so, thats not a bad thing. Its going to do a lot of calculations durring the install. I wouldn't hesitate to put it under load. Just make sure that there is no overheating. Sounds ok to me, though.
I tried to go to the POST Bios Step. The 2GB RAM showed up fine. Also my harddrive was detected as I entered bios. Inside BIOS I enabled CPU warning for temperature above 70C. Saved and restarted. The system does not restart right now.
As has been stated, check EVERYTHING to make sure it is seated properly. RAM, make sure they are pushed in all the way and the clips are completely vertical. Make sure your video card is seated completely in its PCI-e slot. Make absolutely sure the heatsink is attached properly to the processor. Read and re-read your motherboard manual to make sure you have everything connected as it should be.
The following Award BIOS beep code descriptions may help you identify possible computer problems.
(For reference only.)
1 short: System boots successfully
2 short: CMOS setting error
1 long, 1 short: Memory or motherboard error
1 long, 2 short: Monitor or graphics card error
1 long, 3 short: Keyboard error
1 long, 9 short: BIOS ROM error
Continuous long beeps: Graphics card not inserted properly
Continuous short beeps: Power error
Another possibility (longshot, but I've seen it happen): check to make sure that there is not an extra standoff behind the motherboard, if an extra standoff is touching the back of the motherboard it can cause it to short out. I RMA'd a motherboard once, thinking it was bad. The manufacturer (ASUS) sent it back saying it worked properly. After many hours and complete frustration I found the extra standoff that was shorting the board. Worked like a dream after I removed the erroneous standoff.