Before I build a system I will do a partial assembly of the motherboard/CPU&HSF/RAM/Power Supply and Video card on top of the motherboards box. The reason is twofold:
1) If the parts listed do not boot to the main screen, then I know one or more of these parts are responsible.
2) Why waste the time of a complete assembly in a case without knowing if the parts work.
I just built a computer for a friend. When I went to start it, it only flickered (fan did about 1/8 revolution) and died. I disconnected drives etc. and left only motherboard hooked up. Same thing. I tried it with the power supply from my working computer. Same thing. Does anyone have any ideas? I can return stuff to newegg, but don't know how to troubleshoot enough to know what to send back. This is only my 3rd assembly, had no trouble before. I took precautions for static etc. thanks!cpb
here are the specs. 1 gig PC3200 corsair ram, AMD athlon 64 3200 CPU, Chaintech Mobo with nVidia GeForce 3 chipset, Radeon 9600 256mb video card, Creative soundblaster live! Sound card, Maxtor 200 gig Hard drive, 350w power supply.