Legato895 Posted May 1, 2005 Posted May 1, 2005 (edited) first off i would like to say hi. i've posted my desperate pleas for help at ars and a few other sites, but this being my first pc build, im kinda a noob at this, so im not too well plugged into huge communities yet. my friend pointed me this way, so hopefully you can help me make an educated decision. case: generic best buy hunk of junk psu: ultra x-connect (500w) mobo: asus a8n sli deluxe cpu: a64 3500+ clawhammer ram: 2x512 crucial value ram gpu: bfg 6800gt hdd 1: 160gb sata seagate hdd 2: 34gb wd raptor sata (w/vantec cooler) opt/floppy (in retrospect, im sorry for how long this is, but i needed to explain everything i did) first off, as above says, the mother board is an asus a8n sli deluxe. i got in all the pieces 3 days ago except for the gpu. due to how new pcie based gpus were, my friend lent me a pci card, simply so i could boot and make sure everything was working. my friend who is very experienced with building computers helped me and basically did everything for me, just to make sure i didn't screw the pooch. we powered up, and everything whirred to life. this being my first build (heck, first pc) it was pretty cool... until the monitor told us nothing was connected. we tried the pci gpu in all 3 pci ports, swapped out and put the ram in various configurations, but eventually gave up. the gpu was literally 10 years old (ati mach64!) and we assumed that was the problem. all the drives spun up and everything worked. ff to 2 days later. my 6800 comes in, and like a jumping around like a school boy, i plug it in (grounding myself and the whole bit) nothing happens the 4pin atx is plugged, the 4pin molex ex plug is plugged, the 20 (don't have a 24pin adaptor yet) was plugged and the 6pin gpu was plugged. the mobo still was shinning its confidence inducing green happy light, and the gpu's red "im working" light was shinning brightly. having read a few forums about the mobo (it was a tough decision making process) i had read a few people with sli selection cards that were backwards, so i flipped it into dual mode, nothing put the gpu in slot 2 --- nothing tried mixing and matching the ram --- nothing i was getting pissed i was taking the gpu out of slot one, and due to the weird and pain-in-the-butt lever position to release the lock on the card (who comes up with these standards?!) my finger brushed against the chipset's cooling fan housing. i burnt the hell out of my finger (the fan im talking about is the small one under the gpu) the computer had been on from 5 to 10 seconds tops, just long enough to see if my monitor would see the computer and POST. essentially under no load, the north-bridge (i think) was as hot as sticking my finger in a lighter. i know these things get hot, especially the nforce4 chipset, but it wasn't even loaded with the bios screen! upon further suggestion, i found out that i may have a riser touching my board and grounding it. i than did and ran all the tests above, but out of the case, with everything only touching the anti-static bags they came with... still nothing, and still the fanhousign was burning up in a few seconds... i could feel it go from warm to hot in a second or 2... i wouldn't have been surprised if it burst into flame than and there. i checked the back of the board for scoring but nothing was seen. furthermore, i took out the battery and moved the jumpers from the left two pins to the right two for 10 seconds, to no effect (another friend suggest i do this) what it comes down to is, what should i do? i've already sent in a rma form with newegg, but i can't ship till monday. is there anything i am missing? the first impression with asus is ruined, but i can't get another board w/o losing 200$ so, yeah, thats not gonna happen. im just kinda slowly watching 1400$ slowly spin down the drain any help, suggestions or stories would mean the world to me at this point. thanks in advance. Edited May 1, 2005 by Legato895 Quote Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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