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"Building" my first computer. It won't turn on.

#21AznKingVIIPosted 9/4/2013 8:39:02 PM
beanymonkey posted...
Did you connect the CPU power cable correctly? Make sure it says CPU on it, and not PCI-E.


This. TC, I actually went through the same confusion you did today actually when I was changing out my PSU.

Most newer PSU's come with 8-pin ATX12V, just split those two connectors apart and plug in the one that's marked "CPU" into 4-pin connector for the CPU. The computer won't turn off if the CPU power cable isn't plugged in correctly.
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#22SnadadosPosted 9/4/2013 8:42:15 PM
I'd double and even triple check the power and reset cables making sure they are in the right spot.
You can use a paper clip or a screw driver to bridge the power and ground connectors to turn on your computer with out the power switch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4FOBL1c3pA

Other things to check.

Make sure you connected the 6 or 8 pin PCIe cable from your power supply to your graphics card if your card has such plug ins.

Make sure you plugged in the 4 or 8 pin CPU cable.

Make sure the ram is securely connected.

Try booting with just a single stick of ram.
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#23HydroCannabinolPosted 9/4/2013 8:43:04 PM
Rofl I find it amazing people struggle with this. Did you struggle with building lego sets as a child?

If your parts are dead, however, and you cannot troubleshoot then you deserve to pay geek squad a hundred bucks to tell you to buy new parts.

/rude
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#24AkinitPosted 9/4/2013 9:07:58 PM
Are you reusing the same old case from the Dell and the Dell motherboard? If so, should be no problems. Next step, if you don't want to spend any money is, post a picture of your internals and the cable you think is the front panel connector for power and reset.
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#25TheFeshPincePosted 9/4/2013 9:08:37 PM
Seriously, that's a good idea... provide some pictures.
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#26ihumpmypillow89Posted 9/4/2013 9:17:04 PM
Snadados posted...
I'd double and even triple check the power and reset cables making sure they are in the right spot.
You can use a paper clip or a screw driver to bridge the power and ground connectors to turn on your computer with out the power switch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4FOBL1c3pA

Other things to check.

Make sure you connected the 6 or 8 pin PCIe cable from your power supply to your graphics card if your card has such plug ins.

Make sure you plugged in the 4 or 8 pin CPU cable.

Make sure the ram is securely connected.

Try booting with just a single stick of ram.


And to add to that make sure you're plugged into the GPU and not the onboard MOBO VGA/DVI/HDMI slot.
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#27Metal_Samurai1(Topic Creator)Posted 9/5/2013 10:01:24 AM
I will try these things after I get out of work tonight and I will get some pics and post them as well.