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Having a problem with my system booting/posting.

Hello everyone! I've got a problem. I've finally built my first PC and had someone look at it to make sure everything was correctly connected but when I fire it up my computer screen acts like it wants to come up but immediately goes into power save mode. Everything was running except the case fans and my graphics card was white and fans running fine. I thought it was the motherboard and the person I took it to thought it could also be the CPU because the case fans weren't running and the fans weren't tightened down all the way.

I got the CPU and motherboard replaced yesterday and tried again. Same problem but this time my ASUS ROG 1080 STRIX Graphics Card is pulsing orange and the fans aren't running. I'm extremely disappointed and frustrated at this point because this is my dream computer build and I've had it for 2 weeks but can't do anything with it.

Here is my entire build:

http://Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-5930K 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($554.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BL 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus X99-PRO/USB 3.1 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($319.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Avexir Raiden 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2800 Memory ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($179.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($117.88 @ OutletPC)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA P2 850W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($83.89 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Dell S2716DG 27.0" 144Hz Monitor ($509.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Dell S2716DG 27.0" 144Hz Monitor ($509.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Dell S2716DG 27.0" 144Hz Monitor ($509.99 @ Amazon)
Other: GTX 1080 ASUS ROG STRIX OC EDITION
Other: NZXT Hue+ Lighting Kit ($59.99)
Other: EVGA HB SLI Bridge ($39.99)
Other: CableMod E-Series G2, P2 & T2 ModMesh™ Cable Kit - White/Blue ($119.00)
Total: $4755.62
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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  1. As someone who's gone through this scenario before, I want to help you as much as you can. Please try to respond in a timely manner so I can help you as much as possible. Have you tried reseating your RAM? This generally attributes to issues with posting. We can immediately rule out your Mobo and CPU as you've already replaced and tested those. We can't confirm that it's your SSD, but that isn't likely as you would still POST to the BIOS. Might I ask what that SLI bridge is there for? Are you planning for SLI in the future? Also, it could be possible that the GPU hasn't been configured to support the refresh rate/ display output of these monitors. Perhaps you might want to try another 60 hz 1080p monitor?
  2. profoundnoah said:
    As someone who's gone through this scenario before, I want to help you as much as you can. Please try to respond in a timely manner so I can help you as much as possible. Have you tried reseating your RAM? This generally attributes to issues with posting. We can immediately rule out your Mobo and CPU as you've already replaced and tested those. We can't confirm that it's your SSD, but that isn't likely as you would still POST to the BIOS. Might I ask what that SLI bridge is there for? Are you planning for SLI in the future? Also, it could be possible that the GPU hasn't been configured to support the refresh rate/ display output of these monitors. Perhaps you might want to try another 60 hz 1080p monitor?


    I can't really move my RAM because the CPU fan is so wide I have 2 sticks on both sides and far to the right and left as they can go and one of my fans is still above the 2 on the right. I was going to use the SLI bridge but I decided to go with just one graphics card for the time being. I get off work at 5PM Central Time so I'll see if I can find a different monitor or possibly use a different one from a friend.
  3. Alright, keep me posted.
  4. profoundnoah said:
    Alright, keep me posted.


    Alright I just tried it using the DVI port here at work on a 55mh / 60hz monitor and still same thing. The graphics card flashes white/blue-ish for a second then starts pulsing orange when I turn it on then flashes the white again when powering it off.
  5. Ok, so we can rule out a bad CPU, Motherboard, and Monitor. I still recommend that when you have the time, try reseating the RAM in different slots and try again. Returning components is the last thing that I'd want you to do as sometimes they aren't even broken.
  6. profoundnoah said:
    Ok, so we can rule out a bad CPU, Motherboard, and Monitor. I still recommend that when you have the time, try reseating the RAM in different slots and try again. Returning components is the last thing that I'd want you to do as sometimes they aren't even broken.


    I'm not sure how to reseat my RAM. I have only 4 slots available on either side because of the size of my CPU fan. Here are some images of it.

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  7. All you need to do is remove the RAM, and then put it back in. My advice would be to just have two sticks in, then try it, then put the other two back in. If it still doesnt work, then that can help us in the troubleshooting process.
  8. profoundnoah said:
    All you need to do is remove the RAM, and then put it back in. My advice would be to just have two sticks in, then try it, then put the other two back in. If it still doesnt work, then that can help us in the troubleshooting process.


    I tried reseating the RAM and that didn't work but i noticed that under my CPU fan there's a red LED on that says CPU LED. I heard that you can tighten the fan on too tight and also have it not in the exact spot it's supposed to be in. Could that be why that's on?
  9. Best answer
    It could be possible. If you want to try reseating your CPU, that could certainly be an issue.
  10. profoundnoah said:
    It could be possible. If you want to try reseating your CPU, that could certainly be an issue.


    I got it! the CPU arrow was in the wrong spot. Put it the right way and presto went to BIOS. Now I have a different problem. My boot device LED is red and my Samsung 950 Pro m2 SSD won't show up even though it's plugged into the m.2 x 4 slot on the motherboard. My motherboard is also on the latest version i believe: 3101 is what I'm on. Also, whenever I updated it or try to follow tutorials for getting my SSD to pop up and reset the system it says it's going into setup but the screen is blank. Forgot to mention I can't run RAID and when I tried installing windows 10 it couldn't find any drivers.
  11. Sounds very weird to me. Were you able to get windows 10 installed, or do you mean it couldn't install due to lack of drivers? Or was that a typo?
  12. profoundnoah said:
    Sounds very weird to me. Were you able to get windows 10 installed, or do you mean it couldn't install due to lack of drivers? Or was that a typo?


    Sorry. Putting it clearly I have my BIOS and reset it to defaults and then the screen is black. I have to unplug the power for about 10 minutes to reset it again before I can see the BIOS screen again. I have a USB flash drive with my Windows 10 installation on it and when that's plugged in and i don't touch anything it boots the installation. After selecting my language it goes to the "Select Driver" screen to which there is nothing there and it can't find any on my flash drive or hard drives. The hard drives are blank slates right now and I can't get the M.2 to even show up on the BIOS. I'm not sure exactly what drivers I need. I've tried downloading drivers for the HDD and SSD to a flash drive and they don't show up in the driver list either. I'm assuming I need Windows 10 drivers specifically? I don't have a CD/DVD disc drive because the only one I have is the APPLE SuperDrive for my MAC and it won't work on this PC.
  13. I've rarely encountered a missing drivers message in all my time with building PCs. Have you ensured that your windows 10 installation is up to date on your USB? How recent did you make the purchase/download this copy?
  14. profoundnoah said:
    I've rarely encountered a missing drivers message in all my time with building PCs. Have you ensured that your windows 10 installation is up to date on your USB? How recent did you make the purchase/download this copy?


    I bought the disk when I ordered the parts for the PC about 2/3 weeks ago. Also in BIOS when I try to do the RAID it won't do it. I'm also unsure where to download drivers to put on my USB. I've downloaded the drivers for my SSD and HDD but they don't come up either.
  15. Captain_otaku223 said:
    profoundnoah said:
    I've rarely encountered a missing drivers message in all my time with building PCs. Have you ensured that your windows 10 installation is up to date on your USB? How recent did you make the purchase/download this copy?


    I bought the disk when I ordered the parts for the PC about 2/3 weeks ago. Also in BIOS when I try to do the RAID it won't do it. I'm also unsure where to download drivers to put on my USB. I've downloaded the drivers for my SSD and HDD but they don't come up either.


    And you've tried reseating the SSD as well? Generally that's the main issue with m.2 SSD's if they're not even showing up in the boot menu
  16. profoundnoah said:
    Captain_otaku223 said:
    profoundnoah said:
    I've rarely encountered a missing drivers message in all my time with building PCs. Have you ensured that your windows 10 installation is up to date on your USB? How recent did you make the purchase/download this copy?


    I bought the disk when I ordered the parts for the PC about 2/3 weeks ago. Also in BIOS when I try to do the RAID it won't do it. I'm also unsure where to download drivers to put on my USB. I've downloaded the drivers for my SSD and HDD but they don't come up either.


    And you've tried reseating the SSD as well? Generally that's the main issue with m.2 SSD's if they're not even showing up in the boot menu


    Yeah I figured it out. I didn't have the media creation tool for windows 10 to run the ISO from my USB and I had to change my settings in my BIOS for SATA devices. Now i'm working on getting my speakers going.
  17. Awesome to hear! I was thinking it could be a faulty windows installation after you mentioned that it needed drivers.
  18. profoundnoah said:
    Awesome to hear! I was thinking it could be a faulty windows installation after you mentioned that it needed drivers.


    Yeah I didn't have the HDD drives to AHCI mode or something simple like that lol. Now my speakers won't work for some reason. I'm not getting any option to choose the rear panel audio port and I can't even disable the front :/
  19. Have you tried downloading the latest chipset drivers for your board? Also go to audio properties and chose show disabled devices.
  20. profoundnoah said:
    Have you tried downloading the latest chipset drivers for your board? Also go to audio properties and chose show disabled devices.


    I'm using ASUS driver installer now to update all my drivers (and download ones I don't have). Show disabled devices doesn't bring up anything new. My "speakers" option is just "not plugged in" until I set it from HD audio mode to ACI90 audio then Speakers comes up but only for the front panel not the rear.
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