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by Trapacity / October 29, 2013 11:23 AM PDT

Building my first rig and I'm using the newegg video to hel me through it. I'm testing the mobo/cpu/stock cooler/video card outside the case and the mobo seems to run fine, the number pops up and there are a couple lights near it, as well as the fans from my video card spin. There is no video output (no bios) nor is the cpu fan running. I know some bios cannot run without the cpu fan on.

I've already replaced my psu and mobo (just got it in today) so for god's sake don't tell me there may be something wrong or i've messed up the cpu.

I'm a first time builder, and if you need some more specs just ask.

CPU: i7-4770k
Mobo: ASRock X-87 Extreme 4

Appreciations in advance.

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Sorry to say
by Jimmy Greystone / October 29, 2013 12:31 PM PDT
In reply to: Outside Case Test Help

Sorry to say, but modern CPUs can fry in a matter of seconds if the CPU fan isn't running. So unless you shut the unit off almost immediately after seeing that the CPU fan wasn't running, there's an excellent chance you're looking at a dead CPU now.

Not sure why you're testing things outside the case anyway. There's very little to be gained from that. What you want to do is what's called a bare minimum configuration, which is more or less exactly what it sounds like. It's the minimum number of components necessary for the unit to POST. From there you start adding more and more components in. Electronic components are also sensitive to ESD, and the computer case provides a great place to ground/earth yourself.

But, let's back up for a second and cover why you replaced the PSU and motherboard and with what. Like for like or did you change from say a MSI board to the current ASRock?

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Try these steps
by Warsam71 / October 30, 2013 9:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Sorry to say

I agree with Jimmy comment...that said, personally I follow the steps below when building a computer:

1. Prep the case, make sure aren't any cables, nut, screws, etc laying inside the case
2. Install the power supply unity (PSU). Note, some cases come with a PSU installed already
3. Install the CPU on the motherboard (be gentle, make sure not to bend any CPU pins). And the fan on the CPU.
4. Install the motherboard (now with CPU + Fan) in the case
5. Install the memory (RAM) - make sure to follow the instruction found in the motherboard manual.
6. Install hard drive(s) and/or SSD drives
7. Install the video card (GPU)
8. Connect the power cables from the PSU to the following: Motherboard, CPU fan, hard drive (where you'll install the OS), and video card. Note, don't power any other device/component yet...
10. Connect all the interface cables of the case to the motherboard (i.e. power button, reset button, etc)
11. Turn on your PC...
12. ...if you've done everything correctly you should "POST" (i.e.. see the bios boot information being executed and displayed on your monitor)
13. from here, Turn Off the system, connect the SSD or HDD, power the system back On, and begin start the OS installation process.

I've done the above numerous times and rarely run into issues, try them out, and let us know how it goes.

Hope it helps, good luck! Wink

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