So I think I stuck a chunk of incompatible RAM on my mobo, smelled a burning smell and after switching out the RAM my machine wouldn't boot. Assumed mobo was fried and got a new one.
I also recently got a stronger PSU.
Fitting them all back together and on start up the fans whir briefly before coming to a stop. No warning/check beeps from the mobo, but the green status light is on when the power is running. Maybe I need to install some firmware somehow to properly install the mobo?
Disconnected my GFX card, wifi adapter and SSD drives. Still same result.
At this stage the only things I haven't replaced are the CPU and the previously working RAM. How likely is it that this is the problem or some short somewhere on the remaining wiring or something else I haven't thought about?
Update: RAM is 2gb ddr3 from Crucial memory and new mobo is Asus P8Z68-V LX
Also the machine doesn't stay booted long enough for me to open the DVD tray.