Finished first build yesterday. Tried booting up but nothing would should up on monitor. There were no beeps in boot, so I checked the speaker, was fine; tried booting with one Ram stick, didn't work. Now I'm trying to check to see if it's the CPU but the fan will not come up (one of the pegs is stuck).
when building a new computer its always a good idea to build it outside the case first, just sit the motherboard on its box. not on the anti static bag it came in. that bag will actually hurt something that is not in it. plug in your cpu, cpu heatsink, ram, videocard if you have one, and power.
then where you would put the power connector for your case, short out those pins with flat head screwdriver to turn your computer on. when everthing is good and working put it in the case.
this way if a part is bad its less effort to return it.