Please help! Newly built PC won't start. :'(

Hi, I just built a PC and it won't turn on. I got a job and worked for a

month to get this, and its a months salary down the drain so far :'(, it's

about as good as paperweight right now, it's very depressing.

Anyways, I bought all the parts on newegg and followed the newegg video

tutorial on how to build a PC.

There are the parts I bought:

Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full

Tower Computer Case

CPU: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop

Processor FD8150FRGUBOX

PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3

/ EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Harddrive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA

3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100312-3L Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16

HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-8GBXL

Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD

Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Here is a picture of my setup:

The power supply is on (-) and is on, the power switch, reset switch Power

LED and HD LED plugs are on the right pins in the system header according to

the motherboard manual I followed. I have the 24 pin motherboard plug in,

the CPU plug in, the PCI-e plug in my graphics card which is in the PCI-e

slot, the HD audio header in the right place, the USB in the right place, my

GPU in the PCI-E slot, my ram in the memory slot, all compatible parts, my

AMD 8 core FX proccessor in the CPU area and my heatsink fan on top of it

although my heatsink fan won't snap on but that's a different story right

now. I might have pushed the heatsink fan too hard and crushed my proccessor

or something I don't know. I might have shorted the motherboard and

destroyed it, the power supply or the motherboard might have come in faulty.

I have no idea. Ive redone the system panel header plug various times just

to make sure.

I did a test boot before I built it following the newegg video but I didn't

know how to "short my power pins" I touched my screwdriver on the powerpins

but that didn't do anything so I just assumed I was doing it wrong and just

waited till I actually built it to see if the power button worked. Riht now

literally nothing is turning on when I press the power switch.

I need some advice, some help, what should I do? I don't want to take it to

a computer repair shop because they'll charge me a ridiculous price and

might replace the parts with different parts and might not even fix the

problems. I built a computer to avoid having to pay ridiculous price in the

first place. I have no idea whats wrong and its stresssing me out. Maybe I

was just in way over my head, I thought this would be easy.

I quite seriously want to kill myself right now. (First WOrld Problems :()

Added note: The NZXT came with two different screw types that were labeled

for the motherboard, the standoffs and some other numered screws. I just

used the numbered screws instead and I don't know if that might have shorted

the motherboard or something? They seemed like they were made for the

motherboard, and perfectly fine, and they WERE labeled "motherboard".
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  1. I could see your problem when looking at the PSU and could see it again in your picture. You need a new PSU it's that simple. That 380w one won't power the 6950 you bought and you need both PCI-E power connectors plugged in to power the 6950. You only have one. You cheaped out in one area you couldn't you'll have to return the PSU and get one of these.
  2. ^ Agree 100% when I read 380W on the PSU I really did not have to read any further. Sorry to say but the PSU is one component you just can't skimp out on. Return that PSU if you can and get one of the one's that andrewcarr suggested. Plus as andrewcarr said you HAVE to have both PCI-E power connectors plugged in or your rig will not work. With a AMD-FX 8150 and a Sapphire HD 6950 I would not go lower than a good quality 500w PSU.

    Other than the PSU I think you got a good rig there. Get a good PSU then double check all your work and when you are 100% everything is good power it on and you should be good to go. Do not get to upset as this sounds like your first build. Mistakes will happen it is all part of learning. I bet almost every one on this board has made a newbie mistake at one time or another it is part of learning and carrying that info with you on the next one. Good luck and I really hope you enjoy it.
  3. Thanks for your help so far guys! Really appreciate it.

    Will the GPU run at all if i get this adapter?

    Or do I have to buy a new power supply? Kinda hard pressed for cash ATM. I'm definately planning to get a 500w either way though.

    I also just used the paperclip test to test my PSU and its working.

    Is there any way to test my other components? I want to know if I fried my motherboard or something. Shouldn't the fans be running, or shouldn't it be making a beeping noise? Literally nothing is running.
  4. Do not get an adapter :non:
    That's how you run a PSU at more than it's rated wattage and blow it. This would cost you far more in the long run.

    Yes you have to get a new PSU.
  5. Alright well for now while I have this PSU, what can I do to make sure my motherboard is working? Also, I can't get a refund if I opened the box right?
  6. Yes you should still be able to return the PSU, depending on where you bought it though there could be a restocking fee.

    As for the motherboard I don't know of a way unless you can get another GPU to test/setup the system on (that supports the GPU). Since the motherboard doesn't have any built in video you can't run the computer off of that until the new PSU comes. I say new GPU because if you just tested it with a low power one and the PSU you have it should post.
  7. But shouldn't at least the heatsink fan or something be running?
  8. Someone recommended this. Would this also be a good PSU to buy?
  9. I personally wouldn't ever buy a Rosewill PSU but most stay it's good. I just listed the cheapest good ones you can buy since you said you were on a tight budget.
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