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Hi,

So I'm building my new rig, and I get everything hooked up only to be hit with the CPU and DRAM led lights on.

So I start going through process of eliminator and disconnect everything one at a time (USB, GPU, HDD, ect) until only I'm left with RAM and CPU and I still get the lights. Then I remove memory, and still get lights.

I'm getting kind of paranoid now thinking I screwed something up, so I took the hyper 212+ off my i7 2600k and realized there was some thermal compound that made its way over the edge of the processor's metal top, so I attempted to clean it- I dont know enough to know if this is extremely harmful or not...but anyways here's some detailed pics of everything.

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Picture of the CPU installed, look towards the SOUTH end to see a little bit of the thermal paste I was describing...I cleaned it better after this pic but I dont know enough to know if this is harmful to the CPU

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cpu socket

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lights on without memory, DRAM light actually blinks

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lights on with ram installed, DRAM light actually blinks

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sabertooth p67
i7 2600k
g.skills 1600mhz 8gb (4x2) DDR3 ram
 

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try pushing and holding the Memok button its top right next to the red led.
 

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this will allow your system to boot up into bios so you can adjust the setting to be proper.
 

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I've never had this system running before, I've never had the OS installed...it's been my goal to get to BIOS but I can't get past the erros...I've been using the MEMOK button to do the tests which I took pictures of, I can't get to BIOS without having these lights go away so I can boot into bios, correct?

When everything was connected I was getting a NO VGA/NO DVI detected on my monitor when hooked up to my GTX 570 (only way to hook up monitor as there are no other places to do so on this build)
 

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Push the little button next to the LED up at the right so it can do some tests to make your memory work with the board. Otherwise you might also have a bad stick.
 

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thanks for the advice guys- but I AM using the MEMOK button to power on the mobo and run these tests.
 

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after you push the button it will flash for a bit and then after some time 1-5 minutes and it will boot if not try a different set of ram.
 

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its my understanding that this is somehow a CPU or MOBO issue as you're always going to get DRAM light on if CPU light is on...correct?
 

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Right the next logical step is to try a single stick in the second slot. One at a time to see if you have a bad one causing it to not boot.
 

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I hope you put the CPU cooler back on when you try to get it to POST otherwise your CPU will do a thermal shutdown anyway.
 

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I hope you put the CPU cooler back on when you try to get it to POST otherwise your CPU will do a thermal shutdown anyway.
CPU cooler back on and single stick on RAM in A2 yielded same results. Any other suggestions?
 

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pretty much everything h as been covered, i think. you may have a faulty mobo.
That's kind of what I'm thinking as well...I haven't tried resetting the CMOS yet,will attempt when I get home.

By biggest concern is did I harm the CPU with that extra bit of thermal paste? I bought the MOBO used, but the seller said I can return it within 14 days so I'm good there and while reading newegg's CPU replacement policy I got the impression they would nit-pick every little thing with my CPU to deny an exchange if that was indeed the problem.
 

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Just reset the CMOS on the mobo.

Before I did that the power would kick on (with DRAM and CPU lights) and the fans would go on, then all cut off and then start back up again.

After I reset CMOS, power kicked on with same indicator lights and fans (no kick off in between).
 

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I'd say its a faulty mobo and the thermal paste shouldn't be a problem at all. I've seen people get paste inside the cpu socket and try to clean it out and after that it still works fine.
 

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Why on earth do you have the board powered up with no cooler on the CPU?!?!
 

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Why on earth do you have the board powered up with no cooler on the CPU?!?!
I did have the cooler on, but I just took it off real quick to examine the CPU and socket and put it back in to see if maybe this time it would work properly. Having the cooler off and turning it on for less than 2 minutes wasn't going to damage anything.
 

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I've got a new PSU waiting at home, I'm going to try that and then if that doesn't work the board is being sent back for replacement- hopefully it's just a board issue and not a CPU issue so I won't have to deal with newegg trying to find a reason to not replace the CPU
 
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