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December 1, 2011 3:56:03 AM

Hello all, I am currently experiencing some trouble on a PC that I just put together, when I power it on all the fans including the fan on the graphics card) fire up, LEDs come on, and hdd/power light come on, but I am getting no video. I also tried putting in an OS CD, my mobo software CD, and my video card CD, and still nothing, my monitor just stays in power save. The RAM I bought says it is specially made for Intel but I looked over the reviews and it supposedly works with AMD, but I'm thinking that's the culprit. Could this be because I have a completely clean HDD? I have done tons of work on pcs but never a fresh build, so who knows maybe this is a relatively easy fix and I'm just overlooking something, thanks in advance.

Product list
MSI R6850 Graphics Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Builder series 600W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler Master V6
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1TB 7200 RPM Seagate HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock 970 Extreme3 AM3+ Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec Lanboy Air Red
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 1, 2011 4:06:17 AM

did you connect the 6 pins power on the video card
December 1, 2011 4:08:35 AM

scout_03 said:
did you connect the 6 pins power on the video card

Yes, the 6 pins are connected.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 1, 2011 4:11:52 AM

you did install the motherboard with the cd and also could you see the bios when computer start
December 1, 2011 4:14:51 AM

scout_03 said:
you did install the motherboard with the cd and also could you see the bios when computer start

My monitor didn't bring anything up when I put in the motherboard CD, I am getting absolutely no video, can't see anything.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 1, 2011 4:18:26 AM

do you have another graphic card you could use this one could be d.o.a.
December 1, 2011 4:21:35 AM

scout_03 said:
do you have another graphic card you could use this one could be d.o.a.

Not at the moment, and my motherboard doesn't have integrated graphics, looks like I'm stuck on that until I find a loaner card.
December 1, 2011 4:24:29 AM

uninstall and reinstall the RAM (usually bad contact), perhaps try one stick at a time
also, there should be a small speaker in the motherboard box, attach it to the motherboard and listen for the beeps. Lookup the beeps in your mobo manual and it should say what it is. If no beeps, maybe you installed the CPU badly
December 1, 2011 4:25:08 AM

Helloz,
Congrats on your first build. The good news is you complete your build! Bad news is your about to learn the frustration of diagnosing which part is bad:

Test possible memory issues: Try using only 1 stick at a time. Although rare for both sticks to be bad, it could happen.

Try another graphics card. This one doesn't have integrated though either, otherwise I'd recommend that. Also, try removing the card itself and turning it on to see if you get the error beeps associated with no VGA input (see mobo manual for beep codes).

Even if you have a completely clean HDD, you supposed to have some sort of display since it has to first boot past BIOS, then detect and inform you that their is no OS on the hard drive.

If all that fails and you happen to live near a MicroCenter, they usually sell power supply testers, or the technicians might be able to quickly test the power supply.

Best of luck. Diagnosing a build that doesn't work can be a pain, keep in mind also power supply and mobo are the top 2 things that can be mailed to you defective just by sheer luck.

December 1, 2011 4:28:09 AM

cpatel1987 said:
Helloz,
Congrats on your first build. The good news is you complete your build! Bad news is your about to learn the frustration of diagnosing which part is bad:

Test possible memory issues: Try using only 1 stick at a time. Although rare for both sticks to be bad, it could happen.

Try another graphics card. This one doesn't have integrated though either, otherwise I'd recommend that. Also, try removing the card itself and turning it on to see if you get the error beeps associated with no VGA input (see mobo manual for beep codes).

Even if you have a completely clean HDD, you supposed to have some sort of display since it has to first boot past BIOS, then detect and inform you that their is no OS on the hard drive.

If all that fails and you happen to live near a MicroCenter, they usually sell power supply testers, or the technicians might be able to quickly test the power supply.

Best of luck. Diagnosing a build that doesn't work can be a pain, keep in mind also power supply and mobo are the top 2 things that can be mailed to you defective just by sheer luck.

I have a buddy who has a power supply tester, I'll grab that from him tomorrow, I'll try the one stick right now and get back to you.
December 1, 2011 4:36:12 AM

cpatel1987 said:
Helloz,
Congrats on your first build. The good news is you complete your build! Bad news is your about to learn the frustration of diagnosing which part is bad:

Test possible memory issues: Try using only 1 stick at a time. Although rare for both sticks to be bad, it could happen.

Try another graphics card. This one doesn't have integrated though either, otherwise I'd recommend that. Also, try removing the card itself and turning it on to see if you get the error beeps associated with no VGA input (see mobo manual for beep codes).

Even if you have a completely clean HDD, you supposed to have some sort of display since it has to first boot past BIOS, then detect and inform you that their is no OS on the hard drive.

If all that fails and you happen to live near a MicroCenter, they usually sell power supply testers, or the technicians might be able to quickly test the power supply.

Best of luck. Diagnosing a build that doesn't work can be a pain, keep in mind also power supply and mobo are the top 2 things that can be mailed to you defective just by sheer luck.

Same result with either stick of RAM.
December 1, 2011 4:41:40 AM

Aww dang.

Best thing to do now is wait to try out power supply then with tester.

Then if you rule that out, try new graphics card. Local Best Buy has some. Should be fine returning it when your done long as you have a photo ID. Return policies no longer have restocking fee, but they check photo ID now for purposes of flagging excess returns. If you have a local MicroCenter though, that would cost less.


If you rule all that out, then mobo failure. :-(
December 1, 2011 4:48:28 AM

cpatel1987 said:
Aww dang.

Best thing to do now is wait to try out power supply then with tester.

Then if you rule that out, try new graphics card. Local Best Buy has some. Should be fine returning it when your done long as you have a photo ID. Return policies no longer have restocking fee, but they check photo ID now for purposes of flagging excess returns. If you have a local MicroCenter though, that would cost less.


If you rule all that out, then mobo failure. :-(

Thanks for the tips.
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