I dont think the graphics card, hdd, or optical drive could have any bearing on the problem. The case is the HAF 912.
The problem comes when I unplug the power cord from the power supply, or from the wall. After I do this, whether i move the computer or not, the system will fail to boot for several tries. After a minute or two of trying, the system seems to boot normally. And as long as I dont unplug the power cable, it boots fine.
Is this a defective power supply? Is this normal for a brand new system?
I dont hear a beep sound when I boot. However, the place where I plug the power cord into the power supply doesnt seem snug. I can actually wiggle in easily if I want. All the power connectors to the MoBo seem snug.
I have booted the computer many times now. Probably two dozen separate times. I have an operating system and several programs installed and they all work fine. If I dont touch the connection between the power cable and the power supply, the thing works flawlessly.
It is only when I unplug the cord from the psu directly that I get a problem. I'm about to test it while plugged into the wall and not a surge protector. If Im unable to recreate the issue while plugged into the wall, I assume its the surge protector.
I think it may be user error. It seems like the power supply plugs in really hard. So I wasnt getting it plugged in all the way -- hence it being loose. When I was messing around with it today, I used a bit more force to plug it in, just to make sure it was plugged in tight. And it went in much tighter then before and "clicked." It then booted up on the first attempt.
I'm leaning towards this being 100% a use error. I appreciate the feedback, and if the problem resurfaces I will bump this thread.