Why isn't anything coming up for my new build

I just started my first PC build and so before I put stuff in the case I did a pre-test. Turned it on and nothing came up. Everything powered on but nothing came up. I followed the exact instructions everything plugged in but nothing is coming up. How can I tell if it's my CPU? My dad did touch the CPU when it was in and we had to use some force to push the lock down on the CPU. What is wrong?
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  1. Need the full specs of your system and what do you mean had to use some force?

    Modern CPUs are ZIF sockets (zero insertion force), depending on what you mean by "force to lock it down", you may have just made an expensive mistake. Exactly how much force did you use?
  2. Inserting the CPU into the socket usually doesn't require force.

    Locking the CPU in place, however, often does.

    AFAIK, AMD has a lever that must be pulled down in order to lock the CPU into place before you can install the heat sink.

    That is probably what they meant.

    - Edit - The Intel push pins are similar. I didn't see the response post before I wrote this one.
  3. I would start by checking to make sure you didn't mess the pins up on the motherboard, those Land Grid Array's are VERY fragile, and while the locking arm can require a little bit of pressure to lock down, it shouldn't be substantial.

    As far as from there, try this:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-perform-steps-posting-post-boot-video-problems
  4. Raiddinn said:
    Inserting the CPU into the socket usually doesn't require force.

    Locking the CPU in place, however, often does.

    AFAIK, AMD has a lever that must be pulled down in order to lock the CPU into place before you can install the heat sink.

    That is probably what they meant.

    - Edit - The Intel push pins are similar. I didn't see the response post before I wrote this one.



    Oh right, I forgot,, Intel has that funky hatch, not a locking arm.
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