Quick question, just purchased a new motherboard (Z68AP-D3 rev 2.0), cpu (i5 3350P) and memory. When I boot the machine I get the first beep but nothing on the screen, the computer then powers down and repeats the process. On the motherboard there are 4 phase lights, the bottom 2 are green, the 3rd is amber and the 4th is red.
Does this motherboard support this chip or could this be a genuine motherboard fault?
The issue is that you most likely need a Bios update to support this processor. Being a 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor means that you need to get the updated bios to support these processors. Also do you have a video card on this board? This processor doesnt have an IGP (Integrated Graphics on Processor).
Sorry in most cases you will not be able to upgrade the Bios with the 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor (Asus has just come out with a means of updated the bios without having a supported processor on board). The best advice that I can give you is to go to a local shop that has 2nd generation Intel Core processor that they can use to update the Bios. Here is a tool that may help you find a shop in your area http://inteltechpros.com/