I have ruined TWO motherboards. I initially put the computer together and it worked great. However I couldn't boot because the motherboard and the power supply fan connector were for whatever reason, not allowing it to to even boot. I unplugged the fans from the mb and it worked. I have tried ALL of the chassis fan connectors and the other ones too and I can't boot when the fans are plugged into the mb so I just leave them unplugged. It works but it sucks because I can't control fan speed. Whatever.
I recently purchased the Arctic freezer 7 heatsink so that I could lower my load temps to maybe OC. I don't know WHAT I did but the computer wouldn't start back up. The speaker was giving me a long beep followed by two short beeps. None of the manufacturers of any of my core components knew difinitively what was wrong so i sent it ALL back to newegg and got a new cpu mb and mem (luckily I've eliminated my vid card from being the problem). The new stuff came in the mail and I put it all together again (including the Arctic freezer 7). It worked. Still, with this mb I wasn't able to plug the fans in. A few days later I noticed my temps were high and that one of my large fans wasn't working. I took the side of the case off so I could fix the fan. I tried plugging in the power supply fan connector to the motherboard and the computer wouldn't boot. Not even for a second. just a click and that was it, just like the first mb. I unplugged the power supply fan connector from the motherboard and tried to boot. To my horror it wasn't POSTing and it gave me the same beep codes 1 long 2 short. I was devastated. WHAT AM I DOING TO THESE MOTHERBOARDS? Could I possibly be shocking them? I try to be as careful as possible with static electricity but that is literally the ONLY thing I can think of.
I have narrowed it down to a few problems
1. I am zapping the motherboards and they are toast.
2. The arctic freezer 7 messing with something?
3. I ruined the cpu
4. the power supply fan connector is for whatever reason ruining my motherboards.
Anyone? Any thoughts? I don't want to do this to my third motherboard.