Thanks for reading this, and I'd appreciate any help with this problem!
Well, I just built a new computer, and when I plugged it in and turned it on to see if it would work it would make a buzzing sound for about a half second and then not turn on.
I am 99.99% positive everything was hooked up correctly, and that every piece of the computer is perfectly compatible. So to try and isolate the problem, I tried unhooking everything except the power to the motherboard and the CPU fan, but it still would do the same thing and not turn on.
Next I tried increasing the voltage of the PSU to see if the issue was not enough power reaching the motherboard - so, I moved the red switch on the back of the PSU from 115 to 230.. this was a very stupid idea since I did not know what the outcome would be if it didn't do what I thought it did. When I turned the computer on again it stayed on this time - but after about 5 seconds a flame popped up from just beneath the top of the CPU fan. I quickly cut the power to the computer and opened up my current working computer to use it to test each part of the newly built one to see what was not working.
I first tested the CPU Fan in my old PC and it worked fine. Next I tested the new PC with my old power supply, and it turned on and stayed on - though it never brought up anything but a black screen. So I went ahead and put the new PC back together with its CPU fan and power supply and booted it up - it stayed on this time, but it only brought up a black screen.
So I then took off the CPU Fan and looked underneath, and I saw one of the circuits looked like it was what caught on fire (was on fire for a split second), and might be causing the motherboard to not be able to boot?
Could one of the parts have been faulty and caused this? The front panel was 100% guaranteed hooked up correctly, and was not the problem with it not turning on. Also the CPU is in correctly, tightly, and with thermal grease. I just don't get what went wrong (before I upped the PSU). Also, do you think only the motherboard was damaged by this? Does it need to be replaced?
The PC Parts are:
-(Generic PCI-E video card that doesn't require an extra power cable)
-Motherboard: ASUS P5N-E, LGA 775 Socket
-CPU: Intel Core Duo E6600 (2.4ghz)
-Case/PSU: Antec Sonata II, 450 Watt
*The case/psu combo came highly recommended, I had no intention of going with a cheap PSU if it is one
Here are some pictures of the PC:
With the cpu fan on:
With the CPU Fan off:
Close up of the spot with it labelled where the flame leapt out:
Very close up of the spot: