"Sure, I'll build my own PC, why not? How hard could it be?" Famous last words, right?
Anyway, here are my stats:
Elitegroup A780GM-A motherboard
AMD Phenom X4 9950
Antec 300 case
4G Kingston DDR2 SDRAM (2G x 2)
...and a bunch of hard drives and DVD writers that don't seem to make a difference right now because I get the same symptoms whether they are connected or not.
Everything seems to power up okay. But I'm getting no picture out of the on-board VGA, and no beep when I power up. (The lack of beep isn't a surprise, because the case appears to have no speaker. Could that be right?)
As far as I can tell I've connceted everything where it is supposed to go, except for the case speaker. I've played around with the RAM in different slots, taken out and replaced the battery, tried a different monitor...no dice.
I left all the jumpers the way they were when I took the mobo out of the box. There are 3 3-pin jumpers for USB power controller, and all are set to VCC5 as opposed to 5VSB. But seeing as how I have no idea what those mean and I could find any info online, I'm not messing with them yet.
Still no luck. Tried every configuration of RAM I could think of, and even tried 1G (2 x 500M) left over from my old computer, but I'm still getting no picture. Even weirder, I scavenged a speaker from an old case (my new one indeed has no speaker) and the mb won't beep. It's like the thing is in a coma, only sign of life is the case and CPU fans.
I also tried clearing the CMOS. Still nothing.
Oh BTW, I made an error earlier: The RAM isn't Kingston. I asked for Kingston, but the guy at the shop was out of stock, so I bought Super Talent instead.
Hey, this is interesting. I may have figured out why it's not working.
According to this article I found, the Phenom 9750 and 9850 require a 790 chipset on the mobo. I assume this applies to my Phenom 9950 as well: