My first new computer build hdmi port question

OK, first let me thank the many helpful people on the site. I used this as a resource during my parts selection, but never posted any questions. All my questions were already answered. I just got my HTPC assembled and was going to set up the BIOS now and wait to load my OS once it comes in mail. Will be windows 7 64bit.

I have a ASUS M4a88t motherboard, AMD/Patriot 4GB RAM x1, LG bluray burner, corsair force 3 SSD, and Athlon II x2 250 cpu. I am not getting anything on my hdtv screen via the HDMI cable. An old monitor I had in the basement is working via VGA. What is wrong? Is it because there is no OS installed yet? Or a BIOS issue? Thanks in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: Just got everything in the mail except for the OS.

Budget Range: I spent under $450

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Bluray, netflix, hulu, youtube only. Will be daily usage.
Parts Not Required: I have all parts

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:Newegg and Amazon
Country:Kentucky, USA
Parts Preferences:ASUS, AMD

Overclocking: NO
SLI or Crossfire: NO

Monitor Resolution:Emerson 40something inch hdtv 1080
Additional Comments: None.
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