Gigabyte (x38?) motherboard(for the 45nm core 2s, like $220)
2gb 1066 DDR2
320gb SATA Western Digital
GeForce 8800GTS 512mb/256bit
E8500 Core 2 Duo, 3.16ghz, 6mb cache
This is the first modern SLI/PCI Express/Core 2 duo machine I've built and might I say the mounting procedure for the core2s is a pain in the butt!
I've got all the fans running, but I noted that the labeled CPU FAN pin connector does not make the fan run. It starts up for a little bit, like 3-5 seconds, then coasts down. If I use an auxilary fan pin connector on the motherboard, I'm able to get all the fans in the tower working. All the new modern lights and fans work -- exhaust case fan, cpu fan, video card fan and PSU fan. Lights where applicable, light up as well. Why my cpu fan does not run full duty on the cpu fan pin connector I'm not sure.
I can tell my motherboard even works, or so it seems, because if I turn the computer on with the video card in the PCI slot with the power supply TO the video card unplugged, I get a nice and loudly annoying motherboard warning tone. When I plug the power source back in for the video card however, the audible warning tone does not sound.
When I plug and unplug the monitor from the video card, wether or not the computer is running or off, the monitor trips on for a second, then turns right back off. Also, all the power switch and lights for the case, which run off from the motherboard, work fine. The case I bought came with the elevating pins installed already so that when I screwed my motherboard into the case, it wouldn't short out(kind of handy actually not having to install the elevating plugs).
My only thing is DOA video card. The fan works on the video card but I can't get the video card to display an image and unfortunately since I'm upgrading from a 5 year old none dual cpu/AGP video card era computer, I have no other PCI video cards to test out to trouble shoot. I tried the VGA - DVI adapter plug, then also hooking it up to my current monitor setup -- 42" plasma with DVI -> HDMI adapter cable; this is what I'm on now and even displays post information on this particular computer.
I live in WI so I'm thinking about just taking it to Milwaukee PC in Madison to save me time to have them look at it to gather whether or not I have a DOA somewhere or I goofed on something. I'd rather find out the DOA thing asap as this current computer I'm selling to a friend so he can diablo2/3 like mad.