I get no beeps on start up and I'm down to Mobo and CPU w/HSF. Could my CPU be DOA? I already thought it was my mobo and did a RMA on the first one. This is my second mobo and it is doing exactly the same thing as the first one. PSU has been checked and both 24pin and 4pin are send juice.
The absense of beeps is not always indicative of mobo or cpu failure. RAM is more commonly the failure, but that doesn't mean your deductions have no merit.
Please post the components of your build with their respective manufacturer specs.
Make sure you have your heatsink on properly. You could try seating it again but make sure you clean the old thermal paste off the cpu and heatsink and reapply new thermal paste. Also inspect the CPU for bent pins.
you could also try resetting the CMOS.
Another thing you should really think of doing is getting a new power supply. I don't think Raidmax has a good reputation for quality when it comes to power supplies. You may want to consider getting a power supply from reputable brands such as Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling or Antec.
Checked and recheck CPU and HSF, pins look straight and drops in nicely into mobo cpu socket. Reset CMOS according to Asus manual, still nothing. Although I appreciate your opinion regarding the raidmax psu I'm using, it has been tested with a power meter and mine is working and does not seem to be the reason for my current dilemma.
Maybe there is a short somewhere in the case. Have you tried breadboading your system components? If that doesn't work maybe you should RMA your CPU?
I would still get a better PSU even though it might not be the problem now because an inferior PSU can cause problems in the future. It might be working but that does not mean it is supplying clean and stable power to your system. Hope things work out.
lol, no one seems to like my psu (I also started a thread under the new build forum). Someone else said that checking with power meter wouldn't tell me if my PSU can handle the load. I don't know how to check that so I asked him (still waiting for response). I am a little confused about the exact definition of breadboarding (seems to be thrown around alot with differing definitions). This is what I am doing. Minimal components just to get a POST response (cpu, hsf, mobo, psu, case power switch, and case speaker). Mobo is on a wooden block (old wooden cutting board (got that idea from another thread). I grounded myself and plugged surge protector into outlet (grounded and getting power). Does anyone know how to check if my PSU can "handle the load"
Numbers on the side of PSU:
AC Input: 110V/230 Vac ~ 10-6A 47-63Hz
DC Output: +3.3V +5V +12V1 +12V2 -12V +5Vsb
Max Output Current: 28A 34A 20A 17A 0. 8A 2.5A
Max Combined Power: 514W 16W
Total Power: 530W