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April 14, 2010 7:44:29 AM

Ok so I have a computer (specs below) that has been running fine 24/7 since 5/08. Now it wont power on. Figured it was a bad PSU, swapped for a new Enermax 400W. The status light would flash quickly, power supply would tick quickly and it wont power on. So I figured bad Mobo, rather than wait for the RMA I picked up a refurb from newegg.
Same thing, old PSU give me nothing and the new one give the ticking sound. I remove the board from the case incase it was a shot, same problem. Removed EVERYTHING except the CPU, I wont get a full boot but i should at least get a power on. Still nothing, just the ticking problem.

Bad CPU? Something else I am overlooking

INTEL BX80557E6550 Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33 GHz 1333 MHz 4MB Socket 775 Desktop Processor


SEAGATE Barracuda 7200.11 ST3750330AS 750GB SATA 7200 RPM

ASUS EN8500GT Silent MG/HTP/512M Geforce 8500 GT 512MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card


ASUS P5N-D NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI Core 2 Quad Socket 775 1333MHz ATX Motherboard Retail


THERMALTAKE VI1000BNS Steel Mid Chassis Black Mid Tower Case Retail


ASUS DRW-2014S1T OEM 20X SATA DVD Burner Black


OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) Dual Channel Kit DDR2 800 PC2-6400 OCZ2RPR8002GK Memory


Coolmax CU-600T 600W ATX Power Supply w/ 120mm Silent Fan Retail
April 14, 2010 7:29:54 PM

Nice checklist. Sadly I have already checked all these items and still noting. Thank you
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April 14, 2010 7:34:34 PM

I would say it's far more likely that your OCZ RAM has failed than your CPU. CPUs VERY rarely go bad. RAM on the other hand... Have you tried booting with each stick of RAM by itself (step #6 in the checklist)?
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April 14, 2010 10:02:56 PM

Also I pulled the RAM entirely, the computer should at least turn on and give a RAM error, it simply will not ever power on.
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