Originally Posted by xerolen
Have you tried using 1333 RAM instead of 1600? Have you checked it with a compatible CPU? I had that same trouble a few months back and my CPU was DOA.
Wow, a CPU DOA? That sounds like a very, very rare occurrence! I suppose I should count my blessings...never had a DOA CPU in all the years of working on computers...
I tried 3 different types of RAM. I thought nearly all RAM is compatible with Intel chips...
I finally unplugged nearly everything [all fans, all usb (2 and 3) on the MB], all HDD's, and all SSD's. Then I noticed one stick of RAM was not properly seated [I felt like a total moron].
I also changed the 4 prong plug from PSU to MB.
Finally, got the coveted POST. I suspect it was the poorly seated RAM, but just to be sure, I will plug in one item at a time, restart, and see what happens.
Moral of the story: Stop attempting to build a new rig all in one evening [I stayed up until nearly 4am and felt totally toasted].
Here is some shockingly good news [well, at least for me it is]!
I played with the CPU fan in the BIOS. With CPU Fan at full speed, system idles at 23c. Turned off the fan completely and got the shock of my life...28c after 10 minutes. This is one cool running rig!
Kudo's to Intel!
I will post if I found something besides the poorly seated RAM.