1) Do you have the monitor turned on (had to ask ... ) Is the power light on the monitor on? If not, try plugging direct into a wall outlet instead of power strip.
2) Do you see anything on the monitor when you boot up ... bios information?
3) If so, can you go into Safe Mode? (F8) and do you see anything there?
More thoughts ...
Do you get any beeps when you start the computer?
Are you sure your memory is good?
Have you checked your power supply? Corsair is all I use and are pretty reliable but some video cards want at least 450W PSU ... just a thought.
Okay, you tried 2 monitors on this computer and neither worked. Do they both work on another computer hooked into same power source? Did you use the same video cable for both? Might be a bad cable.
Video card doesn't work in this computer but does work in another computer? Most likely not the video card. If you're getting anything on the screen during boot, then I'd suspect drivers, especially if you can see anything in safe mode.
Totally blank screen. No BIOS, no signal. Not sure about the RAM. Tried one stick, didn't change anything. Everything is in the right slot - maybe wrong voltage or timing? Didn't think much about that before I ordered and can't find compatibility from MSI website. ASRock says the sticks are compatible, though.
I'm using Corsair 400W CX power supply. I've tried about 3 VGA cables now, it's not the monitor, not the cable. Tried taking the motherboard out of the box to see if it was grounding issue, that's not it.
The case I have doesn't have a speaker, so no ideas on that. There are LEDs on the MSI motherboard I hooked up that tell you what's working and what's not: processor, pci-e slot (video card), and ram are OK.
Still no USB power from the motherboard- I find that odd, maybe disabled in CMOS by default?
Monitor is on, power's all hooked up. Tried monitor with another box, worked well.
Tried everything bare bones - one HDD, motherboard, 1 stick of ram, video card, still nothing.
The only thing I can think to fault now is the PSU or the processor.