Test Cpu & MB

Hello, I picked up a desktop unit that doesn't have a hard drive or ram. how can i test the MB and CPU before I lay out money. I tried to power it up the way it is and I get no video and get a beep. thanks for any help
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  1. Get a single ram stick first; ddr3 is fairly cheap; I find it on craigslist in all sizes. With ram, you can test it for posting. I also find ssd's on craigslist discounted. Currently there's a mushkin 128 gb for $70 still sealed.
  2. you can download disks like hirem boot cd that has mini xp on it there also ami diag that you can run test from a boot disk.
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