Help with Home build.

Ok first let me list the items I have.

NZXT Phantom Case (white w/ All fans installed)
I5 2500k lga 1155
MSI P67 - G43
EVGA 470 GTX superclocked
Stock Heatsink (supplied with processor)
750 W power supply
Netgear Wireless adapter card (G)

1st off, All of these components were shipped to my house... so I dont know if that had any effect, each item was shipped in either overnight of 2 day shipping from Amazon (NEW)

2nd ALL items were sealed.

-Ok first I opened up the case, and I installed the little doohickeys that seperate the motherboard from the case, there are no places where it could short out.

-I then installed the motherboard, realising afterwards that I forgot to put in the shield that goes over the usb stuff and everything, I uninstalled the motherboard and layed it on the plastic bag it came in within the box.

-After installing the shield I reinstalled the motherboard and screwed it in, i hope it is ok to have a little contact with the motherboard, for instance my hand brushing over (LIGHTLY) the place in front of the cpu mounting area. On two occasions a small screw fell about 3 inches onto a small place on the motherboard, there didnt seem to be any circuits anywhere nearby (it was around the corner area).

- I installed the processor and then installed the heatsink

- I installed the video card, (NOTE: The video card doesnt seem to fit in the WHOLE way, I dont know if that is how it is supposed to be, but some of the gold strips are showing where it fits into the PCI slot.

- I installed the Power Supply, one issue i seem to be having is that i installed it upside down... I dont plan on over clocking right now so I dont see any issue with the fan being turned towards the videocard / wireless adapter card.

-i stopped for the night and continued the next morning

- I installed my hard drive (NOTE: Harddrive from previous computer with windows xp 32 bit, i figured i could boot from the windows 7 cd and partition the hard drive.)

- I installed an optical drive.

- I installed 8 gigs of 1333 mhz corsair ram, this ram was BORROWED from my old computer, (6 months old, rebuilding because Dad needs a new computer)

- I plugged in the display and tron keyboard and mouse and waited, i turned it on when i felt like i was ready and heard it turn on.

-The Hard Drive / Optical drive / Processor fan / all the fans / Video card fan / 4 lights on the motherboard (all blue and in a line like so I I I I ) these were all operating.

- The screen would NOT detect the HDMI connection, everything was plugged in to the necessary places, I could feel the hard drive running and the optical drive running (had windows 7 in it) It did NOT boot, no matter what i did, the lights on the mouse and keyboard didnt light up and I couldnt get anything to detect.

- I proceeded to get frustrated and flipped the on off switch on the back and took off all the power supply plugs and then tried starting with my current hard drive which HAS windows 7 installed... Nothing occured differently, no boot, nothing. The lights on the motherboard were still on, so I believe the motherboard is operating, I took the battery out of the motherboard, waited 12 seconds and the reinstalled it, nothing happened.

- i put the jumper thing for the cmos on the wipe configuration and then returned it (all while MB and everything was off.)

- This computer is incredibally silent and the fans are not lit up, now i decided i would try sticking the graphics card in the second slot, but i didnt realise the motherboard was on, i took it out and nothing happened i realised it was on and turned it off, then i installed it and turned it on, nothing happened.

- I have tried removing the power supply to the video card to see if it has any kind of connection to the motherboard, the video card's fan continued to run even though i had disconnected the 2 6 pin power connectors.

- I uninstalled the ram and waited to hear if there were any beeps, but to no avail. I uninstalled the ram while the motherboard was off, I plugged everything in, IDK if there is an onboard buzzer that notifies you if there is an issue.

I have warranties on each item, (except wireless card) and could replace each item if I needed too, but before I do, and start all over, I would greatly appreciate any help anyone could offer, I am getting ready for Star Wars: The Old Republic and this will be the best computer system i will build by myself to save money, also mentioned above, dad needed a new computer, so i figured why not. Anyway I have searched and searched online for fixes for this particular problem and couldnt find one :( If anyone can help, I would GREATLY appreciate it, and please if you have the need to call me an idiot for doing something stupid above, feel free. The previous computer i built was built and didnt have a single problem starting, but ram was brand new and the optical disk was brand new.

Also I have carpet in the room i built it and was wearing socks... i touched the metal case (aluminum) before i started working on the computer, (didnt move afterwards) also there were never any sparks or jumps that i normally feel when static electricity discharges on railing etc.

PS you guys are the ones that helped me build these two computers, you helped me a great deal, and I have high hopes again, I do not fear sending them back to the OM to get a new one. Thank you so much

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  1. Great advice from Anon. But I think it would be best if you followed the sticky for new builds:

    The reason for stripping the PC of all parts and adding them one at a time is to eliminate possible causes. Right now from your efforts we really can't tell what is wrong. You've also done a number of things that you really shouldn't, such as pulling out video cards while the PC is powered up.

    Also, wearing socks on carpet is just about the worst way to work on a pc. Yes, you should ground yourself every time you work inside your case but I would either put some shoes on or take off the socks. you are just asking for trouble..
  2. the power supply fan should face into the case *unless* it has an available intake point in your case. the large fan is an INTAKE fan, It needs air to pull in or it will overheat and fry the PSU.
  3. ScrewySqrl said:
    the power supply fan should face into the case *unless* it has an available intake point in your case. the large fan is an INTAKE fan, It needs air to pull in or it will overheat and fry the PSU.

    The phantom case is a bottom mount PSU that can be mounted either way as there is a bottom air filter and hole or it can be simply mounted upright. Either way, there really isn't a right or wrong way to do it. For a bottom facing video card that doesn't vent out the rear of the case, it may be desirable to have the PSU fan assist with drawing away hot air from the GPU. Or the PSU can draw and vent away from all other components.
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