Hey there community,
Six months ago, the crew uploaded the video "Under $150 Budget Gaming 8 Core CPU, Motherboard & 16GB RAM". I became really intrigued by this idea, because I use a program called Maxwell Render which heavily relies on cpu processing, and chose to take this challenge on. I have been searching ebay, server supply warehouse, craigslist, and Newegg for all of my components for this build. From the mentioned venders, I have been able to pick up;
HP Z800 dual socket motherboard
Two Intel Xeon E5520
16 GB of HP certified ECC DDR3 Ram
128 GB ADATA SSD
AMD R7770 Black Edition graphics
750 80+ Bronze Rosewill Arc PSU
Because this was my first "ground up" build, I did some research on what else I needed since the mobo doesn't have standard connections for mounting as well as for power connectors. I found a website, here, that I followed as best I could. Instead of splicing wires and making my own adapters, I purchased a premade harness that split the 24pin down to the required 18 pin, for power, and 10 pin, for memory.
Once I had all of my components placed in their home and cables connected securely I connected my monitor to the digital DVI port on the graphics card, because the mobo doesn't have dedicated graphics, and powered the system on. Everything appeared to be working properly but it failed to post. I powered down the system, double checked that my ram was in their correct slots and removed one of the cpu's to see if that would change anything. This had no effect and also didn't post. Thinking that it may be the graphics card drawing too much juice from the PCI gen 2, I swapped for my tester gpu, EVGA GeForce 210. Connecting that to the other monitor that I have, which is vga, also failed to post. I haven't pulled out a multimeter to check voltage rails given off by the PSU, but any and all comments and suggestions are welcome.