The "test" for no power up is simple.
Cardboard to set the motherboard, power supply on and then the switch or a conductive pen-tip to power just two parts up. No power is you've brought it down to two parts.
System builders are expected to have the AC on the proper 110 or 220V setting and not leave the CMOS reset jumper in reset or to be able to measure the CMOS Battery is "good."
I'm rather new to this computer building game, so I was hoping you all could help me out with this. I bought all the components needed, and I put them all together, and, frankly, it doesn't work. It doesn't turn on or anything. I'm told that if the motherboard, cpu and power supply are in working condition, the heatsink fan should at least turn on, but it doesn't. I'm also a little afraid that I may have damaged the CPU when I installed the heatsink (AMD heatsinks are a bit tricky. I didn't hear a crack or anything, and I don't see any damage, but, like I said, I'm new to all this.). I also voided the CPU warranty by replacing the thermal goo with Arctic Silver.
So at this point I'm looking to send a few things back to Newegg for repair, but before I do that, I was wondering if anyone has any advice as to narrowing it down before I send everything back in with a "I don't know what's wrong. Help?" note attached. Thanks in advance.