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gigabyte ga-x58a-ud3r problems

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May 4, 2011 6:59:52 AM

Just finished building my first computer...and I think I messed it up somehow :( 

It starts, and some leds light up, but I cant get a display or BIOS screen. There are no beeps without RAM, but it sounds like everything is running fine. WITH ram, the heatsink sounds like it revs up slightly every few seconds, but no other difference. This is what's in the video below.

Here are my specs:
nzxt phantom case
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R MOTHER BOARD
GIGABYTE ATI Radeon HD5770 D
500 gb seagate barracuda HD
Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply
i7 960

and heres video of it in the system: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oka7AfWYkok

I was SUPER careful about static damage, wore a strap the whole time and minimal clothing.

Confession: when I put the CPU in the first time, I layed it slightly ajar and panicked and am worried I scratched/bent the motherboard sockets. The bottom of the CPU appeared fine to me, but I am inexperienced so maybe something is wrong there. I can take pictures of both if that would help. Is there anything else I can do? I can take more pictures/video of anything if anyone thinks it would help.

Really besides myself, I really thought I could do it :/ 

Could there be a step I missed? Something plugged in wrong? (Went thru the TH guide) Would it be worth taking it to a local pc repair shop? Will try breadboaridng tomorrow.

ETA
Tried breadboarding, took video and images of the various parts I think could be messed up

HEAT SINK: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/853/heatsink.jpg/
CPU TOP: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/857/mobotop.jpg
CPU BOTTOM: http://img263.imageshack.us/content_round.php?page=done...
MOBO CPU SOCKETS: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/846/photonl.jpg/

video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M_-BSqRMiI

Thanks!
a b B Homebuilt system
May 4, 2011 7:27:34 AM

I'm no expert on this subject, but i will try and help you out.
Did you verify connections? it could be something as simple as forgetting to plug in the CPU power cable.
Does anything at all happen on screen when you turn it on?
I can't tell from the video, but is the CPU fan spinning?
Get back to me with those details and i might be able to help you out.
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May 4, 2011 7:39:27 AM

CPU cable was originally not plugged in, but I did when troubleshooting. Same with the GPU power. The CPU power is now plugged in and the heatsink was spinning. It's possible I didn't install it totally correctly. NOTHING happens on the screen. Don't hear any beeps with or without RAM. I'm hopefull that the mobos not fried due to the LEDS that *are* lighting up.

HDD revs up and sounds normal.

CPU is getting hot enough to burn the stock thermal paste from just being booted up for a few minutes (while trying to figure out what was going on). Is that normal?

I have a feeling it's either the cpu or the mobo, I pray not both. Any repair options for either? Will try breadboarding if I get the chance tomorrow
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 4, 2011 7:44:11 AM

Is it actually BURNING the the thermal paste? Do you smell anything?
Also, it may be your video card. Do you have an old video card lying around you could use to test it?
I'll check back in the morning.
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May 4, 2011 7:56:24 AM

I don't believe I smell anything but I'll have to check again tomorrow. The thermal paste did look melted...I'll take a picture tomorrow of the cpu.
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May 4, 2011 1:14:59 PM

does the board have a integrated video out? remove your card and try that first. strip it down to just mobo, cpu, one ram stick, and power. see if you get the bios then. check the cmos jumper and ensure its in the right position. ill look at your video when i get home from work and check more.
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May 4, 2011 1:15:52 PM

ps, ive had this issue with a couple biostar mobos, what brand is yours?
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May 4, 2011 6:21:50 PM

It's a gigabyte Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R

Tried breadboarding, no change. I also took video and images of the various parts I think could be messed up

HEAT SINK: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/853/heatsink.jpg/
CPU TOP: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/857/mobotop.jpg
CPU BOTTOM: http://img263.imageshack.us/content_round.php?page=done...
MOBO CPU SOCKETS: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/846/photonl.jpg/

video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M_-BSqRMiI

Thanks!
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May 4, 2011 7:06:24 PM

Update #2 - Realized I had the RAM in the blue slot closest to the CPU, instead of the white slots, hoped for a breakthrough but nothing. And now I feel like I'm hearing a weird noise from the GPU: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYiJ1BxPw_c

Sigh, I really don't know where to go from here :( 
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 5, 2011 2:02:24 PM

Yeah, you need to get some new thermal paste on there ASAP. Get some Artic Silver 5, you won't have a problem with it melting. Hopefully, you didnt burn out your processor.
DO NOT START IT UP UNTIL YOU PUT NEW THERMAL PASTE ON IT.
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May 5, 2011 3:10:23 PM

Nah. I think that's just how the stock intel paste gets. I got everything working fine today. I think when I was having problems it might have been heating up, but I don't think it burned out. Getting some AS5 an a 212 today ;) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 5, 2011 8:09:02 PM

Glad we could help. but I still don't like the way that thermal paste looked...
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