and a recycled 80 gig ATA Seagate drive, and a CD/DVD/RW.
As you can see, I was on quite a low budget, and I am kinda regretting it. The machine won't boot up, at least, I can't tell. When I've got all the parts hooked up and ready, as I thought they were, the cpu fan revs, the hard drive fires up, the cd drive opens if I push the button... so clearly the PSU is doing it's job right? Everything has power. buut, there is no post. I hear no beeping, nothing. And on the monitor? Nada. Nothing shows up, I've tried hooking it up to another GPU, and still nothing. Realllly lost right about now, any help would be appreciated.
Never heard of this TUL brand of motherboards before. Not that I am the all-knowing encyclopedia on motherboard manufacturers, but I think they must be a very low-key manufacturer. Considering everything appears to turn on, I would suspect the motherboard.
Also, it is possible that the BIOS of that motherboard needs to be upgraded, but I don't think it is worth the hassle. RMA that motherboard and get a decent brand name like ASUS or Gigabyte for $20 more.
Did you remember to plug in the 4-pin CPU power connector near the CPU socket in addition to the 24-pin motherboard power connector? A lot of new builders seem to miss the CPU power connector. If the CPU power connector isn't plugged in, it will cause symptoms like yours.
The 4-pin CPU power connector wasn't near the 20-pin on this mobo, but yes, it is plugged in. However, I originally overlooked the 4pin when I first assembled everything and attempted to power it up. Would this cause any malfunction?
Njalterio: I was considering it, but like I said, this was for my brother who was on a strict budget. I too am suspecting the motherboard, but since everything powers on, shouldn't that mean the motherboard is doing something? The CPUfan, the GPUfan; they power on when the power is on, although they don't do much else.