OK now for the cheap(er) parts
Power: Alpine 750W Quiet Silent PC Power Supply PSU Black Red (EBAY)
RAM: 4x4GB KomputerBay (it reads- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 1333Mhz 4096MB NON ECC 9-9-9-25)
HardDrive: the 2nd one from my laptop
- Little speaker from very old pc
And an ACER monitor which i have plugged into my laptop atm...
PROBLEM: NO DISPLAY OR BEEPS - Ok so basically the problem is that when i power it on everything seems to look like its working (fans spinning) but no post beeps or no display. I've followed quite a lot of tutorials explaining how to test by breadboarding which i've done... some say i should be able to get to the bios without ram others say not, but to be sure ive tried most combinations to try and get any beeps/activity.
I dont mind buying new parts as long as i can get to a texting stage to know the parts are faulty or not compatable... for example ive tried the ram on my friends pc (although it was intel) and it worked fine.
oh ive also taking it to 2 computer shops to get it looked at (which bear in mind are the only 2 computer shops in my town) and both have said they cant test it because they deal with intel...
Did you try without graphics and ram? At least that should give you a beep. And outside the case to sort out any short circuits caused by the stand-offs or the I/O Shield?
hello, thanks for teh reply,
yes i've just took both out and i get 3 beeps... the manual for the mobo says the bios is '32mb AMI UEFI legal BIOS with GUI support' ive just checked this site - http://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm#04 and the AMI section says 3 short beeps (although they sound quite long but there isnt a 3 long beep option) is a memory issue i think. I also get the same 3 beeps with my graphics card and also with a spare graphics card i have.
thanks for your reply's. zooted ive made sure the power to GPU is plugged in firmly and i've also tried another GPU (an older 512mb nvidia one) which doesn't require external power but no luck. I haven't got another PSU to test, but research the past few days has made me decide to invest in a more well known reliable one, so thats one thing i will do.
But, reading over fun500's link it shows the 4pin/8pin 12 volt power cable... my mobo has a 8 pin and im only using 4 pins (as my PSU only has the 4 pin). could this be the issue?
Just looked in the motherboard manual. and although it is a 8 pin socket it says ATX12V1 next to it and also says in the manual that 'it can still work if you adopt a tradictional 4-pin ATX 12V Power supply'
Have you checked your bios version? cross-reference with this to ensure your chip is supported on your current bios, http://www.asrock.com/mb/cpu.asp?Model=970%20Extreme3
If not then you will need a compatible chip to get things up and running, flash the bios to the latest and then install the Dozer
Ram has no affinity with Intel or Amd so don/t worry about compatability that way,
I run two machine with four pins even though they have 8pin Cpu sockets, no problem there,
I think your local Pc shops attitude sucks, but such is life :S
I know you said you've done some breadboarding but run through these (3&4) to check you haven't missed anything out, http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/288241-13-read-post...
and try the build out of the case (in case theres a grounding issue on the case)
jkeyte, I have the same MB, CPU and GPU. At the first time my rig didn't fire up, just spinning fans and that was all - I didn't connect a speaker to listen to the beeps.
I switched the PSU with a Corsair CX600 and everything started to work.
My two cents: better pay more for a medium and better PSU with less W, than less for one that has lots W.