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First Built Computer doesn't boot. (With Pictures)

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June 12, 2010 7:15:37 PM

First, some specs:

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
G.SKILL 6GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 1.65v
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92
MSI R5870 Lightning Radeon HD 5870 1GB
ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

This is my first time building a computer. However this is the 5-6th attempt rebuilding this one. Three hours and one electric shock from a plug later:

When I turn on the power, the motherboard emits a loud continuous noise followed by four rather quick beeps. Looking up in the ASUS manual, it meant there was a "Hardware Component Failure" The monitor has no video feedback, and the buzz continues.

Heres some images of the system.

Im completely stumped. Im scared that a part may have been DOA.


EDIT: The Hard Drive light doesn't flicker like my old system, but I tried another HDD and it didnt fliker either. Maybe its supposed to after the machine successfully boots/posts
a b B Homebuilt system
June 12, 2010 7:17:12 PM

Did it work when you tested it outside of the case to check the parts?
June 12, 2010 7:24:15 PM

Nope, still same problems..why?
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 12, 2010 7:31:05 PM

If it didn't work outside of the case, then why bother to assemble it? Did you read the first sticky in Homebuilt Systems? It may help you determine what's wrong.
June 12, 2010 7:40:51 PM

tecmo34 said:
Notice on your GPU pic, you only have one of two required PCIe plugs plugged in. I would check that out along with the checklist in this sticky...

The manual states that its fine using only 1. If you want to overclock, thats when you have to use 2.
And yeah, ive read everything on that sticky four or five times over.

Is there possibly a problem with the memory? It requires 1.65v, and I think DDR3 is defaulted at 1.5v... I tried using one stick to boot instead, but that didn't work either.

I am horrified to ask this, but is there possibly a broken component? Thats the most nerve shattering right now.
a b B Homebuilt system
June 12, 2010 7:46:19 PM

I would try the GPU with two plugs, as I've never seen a 5870 require just one PCIe cable (I'm not trusting the manual info).
June 12, 2010 8:12:31 PM

Also, theres one long(er) beep followed by 3 quick beeps.
I think thats a total of 4 real beeps.

I noticed when I unplugged the 12V EATX Processor plug, the continuous whine didn't start. Neither did the beeps.
Also, the manual turn on switch on picture 1 glows red. The manual says its supposed to turn green when it successfully starts up.
June 12, 2010 9:21:08 PM

UPDATE: I swapped graphics cards and tried my old 7900GS (which was dying) and I actually got past POST!

On the bad side..the 5870 is probably dead...

Also, it doesnt detect my hard drive, even though the BIOS shows it....

"Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device"

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a b B Homebuilt system
June 12, 2010 9:28:11 PM

You have to install Windows on the hard drive through a fresh install for it to detect your hard drive. There is nothing for it to detect at this time.

Sucks about the 5870 but a least you'll be able to RMA easy enough.
June 12, 2010 9:46:13 PM

You won best answer, but I have one more question: why is my hard disk on "SATA 4" isnt it supposed to be on SATA 1? And how would I start the windows install? I have the disk in drive...
a b B Homebuilt system
June 12, 2010 9:53:14 PM

Your hard drive is reading SATA 4 because you have it installed in the SATA_4 slot on your motherboard.

You want to go into your BIOS and adjust your boot order to boot from the CD/DVD first. Once the PC restarts, hit a key when it says "Boot from CD/DVD??" and the install process will begin.
June 12, 2010 9:57:57 PM

Thanks for all the help. You have restored sanity in this situation!
June 12, 2010 10:02:48 PM

Best answer selected by Potatoes.
a b B Homebuilt system
June 13, 2010 4:03:26 PM

I know its late but WOW. 2 x 8 pin for a 5870. Yeah one 8 pin "Should" give as much power as 2 6 pins. That would be some real overclocking to need 2 x 8 pin.

Glad you got it figured out. For the hell of it, i would try to re-insert the video card and try at least the other power connector in case it was just not seated(in the PCI-E Slot) right. I have seen that on new systems.