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So I just finished installing my chipset waterblocks and VRM waterblock...

And much to my folly, my PC won't run The joy

To put it straight, my PC is not POSTing... No display output... Nothin'...

The Motherboard is not shorting, I've tested the board with every single stick of RAM I have, including empty slots and still nothing...

I've tried every graphics slot and I've tried every card I own, including a few old ones, once again, no display.

I've tried removing the CMOS battery for about 30 minutes with no power going into the computer, hoping to reset it... Still, nothin'...

I've reseated every single cable more than twice, and I've even gone as far as reseating my CPU... Still, nothing...

The only clue I really have is that when taking off the chipset blocks to inspect if there was any damage, When I look at the southbridge chip it looks like it has some white, greyish edges near the top, kind of looks like thermal paste, but I'm not sure... I'm not sure if I actually damaged the chip on installation or what, or if that's thermal compound that's very stubborn and won't come off, but what also gives me this suspicion is that the waterblock also looks a little scratched (at this point I know I used too much pressure) and that is what's causing me worry that I killed my board....

So really, what this boils down to is: Did I kill my southbridge, or is there something else I can try that I haven't gone over?

*I also forgot to mention that it's not the PSU either...

P.S. I tried taking pictures of the southbridge, but they always come out unfocused with bad lighting.

Thanks for your time, I hope I didn't kill it,

InF3Rnus
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Are ALL you power cables plugged in? ( I always forget to plug that 8 pin mobo one back in...)
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Are ALL you power cables plugged in? ( I always forget to plug that 8 pin mobo one back in...)
Aye, they indeed are
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Does the SB smell burnt?Or for that matter anything else on the MB?
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Does the SB smell burnt?Or for that matter anything else on the MB?
No sir
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I believe the solution here is bacon
(Sorry, had to)

Sounds like your mobo is down for the count, time to RMA!
 
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I believe the solution here is bacon
(Sorry, had to)

Sounds like your mobo is down for the count, time to RMA!
That's the problem, it's not under warranty :/
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So the problem started after you installed waterblocks, right? Make sure they're installed correctly and not causing any sort of short circuit.
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So the problem started after you installed waterblocks, right? Make sure they're installed correctly and not causing any sort of short circuit.
Good point. If your PSU has short circuit protection (most non-cheapos do) then your PC will behave as yours is.
 
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Mmm bacon.(had to also)
But really, kz26 is right. There is probably a conductive TIM somewhere causing a short. Look at where you put the blocks and triple check theres no excess TIM that got on any of the pins/traces. Then triple check the power plugs.
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