MoBo: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO GEN3
Processor: Inte Core i7-2600K
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 4 x 4 Gigs
Graphics Card: ASUS HD7870-DC2 Radeon
Tower: Thermaltake Element G Mid
Power: Thermaltake W0382RU Modular Power 750 Watt
Hard Drive: 2 Corsair CSSD BK Force Series 3 SSD's 120GB
The problem: Initially I completely forgot to hook up the secondary power just above the CPU. Smacked myself for forgetting something so simple then continued. Device boots up, but nothing displays on the screen. Here's what I've tried so far.
1. Removed all accessories including the graphics card and tried booting that way. no change
2. Tried using the graphics card thinking maybe it was somehow set to be the only output.
3. Ensured all of my cables are actually working and that nothing was wrong with the monitors.
4. Pressed the onboard power button on the motherboard. Wha-la! It worked (Hooked up through VGA off the motherboard).
To ensure this wasn't a fluke, I powered it down and started it back up. problem is back. This time no amount of tinkering seems to be doing me any good in getting anything to display. What could possibly be causing this? No beep codes. All of the lights on the motherboard light up like I believe they are supposed to (red lights seem to be the stock color). The pc starts up, then acts like it shuts down then starts back up (research online seems to indicate this is normal, though I'm not keen on it).
That's the thing. I've not even tried to use the graphics card. It's been too long since I built a machine and was thinking I had to enable it in the bios, so I keep trying to use the onboard VGA or DVI connection.
I will say this. I just disconnected everything and reconnected everything but the graphics card and the rear slot USB3.0. It's now booting up through DVI. Can't get anything through onboard VGA though.
Ok. doing more research, here's what I found. When the Radeon is plugged in, all video output stops. Whether it's through VGA/DVI onboard, or DVI (don't have an HDMI cable here at work) through the graphics card.
Once I unplug the Radeon and boot the device, again, I still have no video. I found that pressing the power button on the case, then the reset button on the motherboard brings it back to where I have output again. Though still mysteriously, only through DVI. VGA doesn't do anything. Am I looking at a bad Mobo or graphics card?
Thanks for letting me think through this out loud with you guys. Friends card worked like a champ in the machine. the Card is bad and is getting RA'd back to Tiger Direct. Mod can close this or mark it as solved. Thanks!