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Hey all - I just completed my first build and was rather meticulous about the whole process. I just turned on the power this morning for the first time and to my dismay there was no display.

Before I take everything apart and "breadbox" it, I wanted to see if maybe there's something else I can try. I've already retraced my steps and made sure that I didn't miss anything obvious.


My largest suspicion is that the issue comes from my RAM. I accidently bought the wrong set of RAM which is at 2000 mHZ, which my Sabertooth X58 doesn't have listed in its list of compatible RAM. The DRAM_LED is on - which led me to even further suspicions. The only reason that I doubt this as the issue is that my friend with a background in IT told me that on the first boot my Motherboard would default the RAM down to 1066 Mhz anyway, removing the problem. Either way, I'm quite skeptical.

I tried the MemOK! button - Which supposedly should make the RAM compatible with my Motherboard (temporarily?). If I quickly press it the system just restarts and sits there on with no display as before. If I hold it down, as advised by the manual, the system restarts and then the CPU_LED stays on until I let go. The DRAM_LED doesn't start blinking - as the manual said it would if it is undergoing the tests for my RAM.
Oh, I also tried rotating through each stick (1 at a time) and I tried changing which slot I seat it in (incase somehow I was reading the Mobo wrong). None of these attempts changed anything. OH, and I have tried my monitor on another computer - it worked fine.

So what would you guys reccomend? Should I be confident enough that the issue is my RAM and go out and just purchase a set from Best Buy (so I don't have to wait for shipping...)? Or should I just buy 1 compatible stick and test if the RAM is really the issue? Or neither?


Some another helpful notes I thought of last minute:

The friend said that the Arctic Silver 5 I used is rather conductive and if I used too much (possible) I could have caused a shortage - although I have no sign of this...

I used an anti-static wrist band throughout the build and I didn't notice any static whatsoever.

When I boot I only hear a click for the LED's and a quick noise that sounds like the bleating of a lamb - is this the motherboard? I plugged in the HDA connector from the front panel (I had the choice of that or AC 97)... Is that for the motherboard audio?


Here are my specs:

Case - Antec twelve hundred V3
Graphics card - Asus GTX 560
Power Supply - Antec CP-1000
RAM - Patriot Viper Extreme 6gb (3x2gb) DDR3 2000Mhz
CPU - i7 950
Motherboard - Asus Sabertooth X58
HDD - Hitachi 1TB 7200 RPM Sata
Fan - Cooler Master Hyper 212+
SSD - OCZ Vertex 2 60GB
Monitor - Asus 23.6" widescreen



Please just ask if you need any other details. I took some pictures (Low quality iPhone -_-) for that friend of mine but I don't know how helpful they are exactly...

All help is much appreciated. I can't wait to make this thing work.
Edited by Swingcomputers - 3/5/11 at 12:00pm
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Your RAM is probably DOA.
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All 3 sticks? :/
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either that or a motherboard/CPU fault. Try replacing the RAM first.
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Had something similar with an Asus board a few days ago and it turned out the middle two RAM slots were dead. I had the luxury of another rig to test the RAM so I persevered with the horrible memok button; I would check the heatsink isn't too tight as this can affect the RAM.
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Sometimes I have had problems with first startup with new system. Have you tried clearing the CMOS? And don't worry about hooking up speakers, start with as little as possible. Double check that a 1394 connector isn't in a USB connector too. I doubt its the AS5 but the bleating lamb thing doesn't sound promising.


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Edited by jfizz84 - 3/5/11 at 12:59pm
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