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Computer turns on for half a second, then immediately turns off

13 June 2009 - 04:28 AM

Hey guys. I just spent the better part of two weeks getting the parts to build a new computer. I buy them, they get here, I assemble it... and it doesn't work. FML.

Basically, I have the motherboard installed (on the screw mounts, yes), the RAM in, CPU+sink is installed, the mobo is attached to the power supply, the fans are attached, and the front switches are (I hope in the right spots) attached. I have no HD attached, no GPU attached, no DVDROM attached, but I don't think it'd make a difference.

Anyways, I turn on the PSU, and the fans start going (case and CPU) and I see a couple of very fast lights flash on the mobo, and within a second (probably less)... everything stops. I can't even turn the power on again for like 15 seconds after.

I've asked a lot of people and still am completely baffled as to what to try next. I've disconnected all the wires from the mobo and tried it again to the same thing.

Any help would be really nice. Thank you.

Moxio's Summer Project: Build a New PC

30 May 2009 - 11:24 PM

Well, it's been a while since I last got to do this, but the time has come again to build a new desktop tower as my main computer. I know there's a ton of these types of threads, and for that I apologize.

I'll begin with a little background information on what I want to do with this PC.

  • Want to play up-to-date games with strong framerates
  • Want to be able to play high quality movies with little/no hiccup
  • I'll use Windows 7 beta for my main OS for now, then upgrade to the full version when it comes out, so no need for an OS atm
  • I have no plan in the future to use two cards in any CrossFire/SLI configuration
  • I already have speakers, keyboard, monitor, mouse, and sound card
  • My budget is around $700-$900. If I can save some money I'd definitely like to keep it low, but I don't want to exclude quality so I could scrounge up some dollars for that upper limit price

Now, I don't expect everyone to do all the work for me, :lol:. I've gotten some things picked out. I'd just like some feedback; I'd definitely like recommendations or maybe if you've built a tower recently, your "roster" of equipment. Here's what I have right now.

This is a tricky area for me. I haven't been "on the scene" for a while, so this age-old question thrives: AMD or Intel? I've heard that AMD Phenom II has good performance for the price, but I've also heard that Intel's got a good game, so I'd like your opinions. I was checking out AMD and I see what I like, so here's what I have:



Graphics card
Hoo, GPUs are so important now, huh? I've heard to build your computer AROUND your GPU nowadays. Thus, I'd like a strong card to accompany it. I like this:


Simple enough, right?


Hard Drive

However I'm not too worried about the HD, I can easily find a good deal so I can pick that up whenever.

Power Supply
I've heard not to skimp on these, but I have poor knowledge about what constitutes a good PSU, so I just went by ratings. :lol:



Well, if I add those up it comes out to roughly $750, which puts me in great shape. Please, let me know if some components mismatch or are poor together, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you again for helping out. 8-)