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[New Build] Help, can't remove CPU fan.

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September 17, 2011 7:40:02 PM

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).

Am I screwed?

System Specs:
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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case ($87.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1030.78
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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September 17, 2011 8:13:22 PM

If you remove the motherboard you should be able to push the pin on the heatsink from the back and it'll come out.

I doubt there is anything wrong with the cpu unless you bent some pins or something. So don't bother taking it out yet. Does the cpu fan come on? Does the power supply fan come on? Any lights?

Some things to check. Make sure the 8pin cpu power is connected and the 20+4 atx connector to motherboard.

Make sure your monitor is plugged into your video card and not your motherboard video out.
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September 17, 2011 8:27:23 PM

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.
September 17, 2011 9:40:38 PM

Thanks for the responses.
I managed to get fan off, checked the CPU and none of the pins are damaged. Put everything back together and it still didn't work.

Is there any other way to tell if the motherboard is a dud?
September 18, 2011 2:45:48 AM

*** it, I'll just set it on fire.