I'm building a new PC and I've put together part of it. I read that it's a good idea to do a power test before you have everything in place so that problems will be easier to troubleshoot and to save some work if things aren't working. Right now I am running the following:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500 - Retail
all of this is in a NZXT Tempest case.
The case cables (power, reset, 2xUSB, eSATA, HD audio, hdd led) are connected to the mobo. (side question - if the mobo manual says nothing about which sata port to connect an eSATA cable to, does it matter?) The 24pin and 8pin power cables are connected to the mobo, and the heatsink fan is connected to the cpu fan connector on the mobo. I also have one case fan and one case LED connected to the psu.
When I press power after turning on the psu, everything lights up and the fans start moving for about a half second, and then everything turns off. If I press power again, nothing happens. If I turn off the psu, and then press power again, the pc turns on for a half second again. (there are never any beeps)
My questions are:
Should I be performing a power test at this point in the build?
Is the fact that it turns off after a half second a bad thing or could it be caused by the fact that I haven't installed the other components yet?
Do you have any ideas why this is happening and/or what I can do to fix it?
You probably have a case speaker header somewhere on the board that you can wire a small speaker into. This will give you beeps.
It's quite common for a board to misread RAM and so not supply the correct settings to post, or as mentioned for one of the sticks to be bad. If you can boot with one stick check the settings right away before trying the other.
Also be sure that ALL your motherboard power connections are made.
OK, problem solved... It wasn't actually a problem. I put in the graphics card and now it works fine. Now I feel dumb for wasting two hours trying to figure this out I guess the mobo or psu needed to be connected to a graphics card? Either way, thanks for your time and help.