I had planned to only upgrade the graphic card since the Nvidia 7300 died but the one I purchased required a higher power supply than the 375 my dell xps 410 had.
I purchased a corsair 650w and a EVGA GEFORCE gtx 550 ti since I wanted something to handle Skyrim.
I received them today and put them in exactly as the instructions stated. The tower did nothing but blink amber.
I called Corsair again and they told me to do a paper clip test. At first the fan on the power supply spun, quit, then spun again but I figured I might have done it wrong. Then I watched a youtube tutorial and retried, This time the fan spun until I shut it off.
Only thing I can think of is that it is the motherboard and I need to upgrade that as well. The specs for the huge paperweight I have are.
Only one seagate in it
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86ghz
I'd like a motherboard that is under $130 (Saved $75 so far but I know that probably isn't enough) and will handle the upgrades I already have.
Thanks to anyone in advance for helping the builder newb.
You won't be able to upgrade your motherboard (in any economical fashion) without upgrading CPU and ram also (about $200 mobo/cpu/ram).
I'd want to test that PSU under load before I conclude the mobo has died (upgrading would be good thing anyway IMO).
1st - is the six pin power pluged into the GPU?
2nd - Try using the integrated GPU or a weaker discrete card to see if the same issue persists. That way you can know for sure if its the motherboard or not.
The Power supply suddenly started to work when I took out the memory cards and put the memory back in. I have no idea why this worked but I was trying to take things out one by one to see if that would work and apparently it did.
Now I just have to find out why it's saying floppy disk failure.
Thank you to everyone who helped, I really appreciate it.