Homebuilt Server - No video output on bootup

Hey guys, I just got the last piece to my home server tonight and put it all together to install Windows Home Server on it. When I boot it up, all of the fans turn on, but I get no video output (tested with DVI and HDMI to TV and monitor), and I don't get the normal single beep. I don't remember where the "no boot up" help links are, and I'm busy so I don't really have the time to find them and troubleshoot at the moment.

Here's the hardware
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 + Cooler Master X Dream 4 Cooler (
EVGA 750i SLI (
Kingston ValueRAM 2x1GB DDR2-800 (
Diablotek 400W PSU PSDA400 - (
MSI Radeon HD 4350 GPU (
Hitachi Deskstar 1TB HDD (

One thing to note is that the motherboard has an 8pin CPU socket, but my PSU only has a 4pin CPU plug. I put it in the 8pin socket on the right side where the plugs matched up.

I know the PSU is pretty crappy, but it is literally all I can afford at the moment, so if it turns out I need new hardware I have to wait at least a month. If the PSU is good, it definitely supplies enough power for the system.

Any suggestions or ideas would be appreciated!
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    Hello boiler1990;

    Did you run through the "System won't boot" and "no video output" checklist yet?
  2. Thanks, that was exactly what I was looking for. I checked almost all of those instinctively, but I'll go over the last few in the next few days.
  3. Ok, I went through everything and still can't boot up.

    The motherboard displays the POST codes, and I've gotten stuck at "FF" every time I changed something.
  4. I was googling around and found that it is most likely the CPU or the mobo. I bought a P4 for $10 on eBay to test it, and if that doesn't work, I'll need a new mobo.

    I'm a bit upset since I paid good money for the C2D and the board, and I got them here in the Classifieds...
  5. So I re-ran the system with the P4 I got and the system still fails to boot up, so I'm 99% sure it's the motherboard. While inspecting it, I found that 2 capacitors were lacking their covers, resulting in the photos I linked. However, I don't think they're blown; no black marks, signs of damage, or anything really. I plan on buying a new mobo soon, since the motherboard seems to be a problem regardless of whether or not these capacitors are the problem.
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