I recently decided to build myself a new, cheap(ish) rig mainly for HTPC use and I have now run into a BIG problem.
The system simply refuses to show any signs of life.
When I press the power-button on the case the power-switch LED light turns on briefly and the PSU fan manages nudge maybe half an inch and then nothing happens. No POST, no UEFI, no nothing. This problem has existed from the very beginning so the setup hasn't yet been in a working state.
Actions so far:
At first I suspected the PSU was the culprit but I tested the setup with the PSU from my gaming rig with the exact same results so that wasn't it.
My suspicions then turned to the motherboard so I then breadboarded my way through every combination of components imaginable with whom the system should at least start up and POST. Once again, no luck. I also tried a CMOS reset with no luck. After this I decided to RMA the mobo. I finally got a new mobo and this is where things get interesting.
I breadboarded my way upwards from only the CPU, one stick of RAM connected and front panel USB2 and audio connectors connected and this, as expected, worked. UEFI started up without a hitch and everything seemed to be working fine. Both sticks of RAM connected worked as well. I then proceeded to connect the HDD to the SATA connector and the USB3 front panel connector. At first I forgot to connect the power cable to the HDD but the system still started into UEFI with no problems. At this point it's also worth noting that both PSUs worked equally well at this point. I then proceeded to connect the HDD power cable, the SATA and power cable for the DVD-drive and front panel fan.
After that, everything died on me again. The PSU fan occasionally tries to spin and the power switch LED reacts when pushed in the front panel but once again, no POST, no UEFI, no nothing. Once again, the results are the same with both PSUs.
I have once again tested the build both inside and outside the case with all combinations of components imaginable with no luck at all. The CPU and socket pins are also ok together with the cooler and thermal paste. I have also tried to jump-start the motherboard from the motherboard connectors with no luck. The system stays dead. The mobo has no LEDs on it so troubleshooting this way is not an option in this case. I have, at least in my own opinion, also ruled out any visible risks for shorts inside the case. I tried during the weekend to isolate the mobo from the case standoffs with rubber o-rings but, again, no luck.
Is there anything more I can do at this point or should I just get myself a new mobo at this point?
The setup is as follows:
- AsRock H77M-ITX
- i3-3225 with Phanteks PH-TC90LS cooler
- Kingston HyperX Genesis 2x4GB
- WD Caviar Green 500GB
- Corsair CX430W
- Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced
- Phanteks PH-TC90LS
- Some ASUS DVD/RW drive
Any suggestions and ideas would be very much appreciated at this point as I'm slowly starting to lose my sanity with this one!
E: Yes, I have checked and checked again the CPU power connector and it's the right one, believe me.
And I have also plugged and unplugged the drive(s) several times after the build decided to go dark on me the second time. As I mentioned, I have breadboarded my way through all combinations of components I could think of that should, in normal circumstances, at least boot into UEFI. This both inside and outside the case.
I have been through my fair share of computer building in my life but I have not come across anything like this before so i'm completely puzzled by this at this point