Originally Posted by halfordb
Just started a new build, my first in a long time.
I bought Assassin's guides and read them and got to work.
My setup: Origenae M10 case, ASRock z77e-itx board, Core i3 2125, stock intel cpu cooling fan, small case fan (included), OCZ Vertex 4 SSD, adata ram (2x4 GB, box is downstairs but I can get if necessary).
First step - unplug the SSD .
So, I thought I put everything together correctly, but apparently I did not.
Or you have bad part(s).
When I plug it in and hit power, the front led illuminates and both fans (case and cpu) begin to spin, but that's it. No 'beep', or any other signs of life.
Likely issues - RAM, MB and CPU.
Plugging it into a monitor gets me a "no signal" indication from the monitor.
My first thought is that I may not have pushed the CPU into the socket hard enough. I was afraid of doing something stupid, so I didn't push very hard.
You shouldn't need to push very hard. That is why they call CPU sockets "Zero Insertion Force".
In many cases the CPU falls into place when correctly oriented and then you can latch it in place with the locking lever. You did raise the locking lever before you tried to insert it, right?
I suggest that you remove the CPU and inspect it for bent pins. Bent CPU pins are far more rare, but still exist. They can often be straightened using a mechanical lead pencil with the lead removed. The bore of the tip of the mechanical lead pencil is the right size to use as a wrench.
I would also check the seating of the RAM chips. Generally you can at least get some life out of a system with 2 RAM chips with only one chip installed at a time.
Your best debugging tool is a similar working PC that you can swap parts into one at a time. I'd start with the new PC's power supply.
A friend who knows what he is doing is a very good thing to have at this time. ;-)