Just got a new system to put together from Newegg: p4 2.6c Abit IC7 512mb OCZ pc4000 Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu Antec Truepower 480w Radeon 8500 (will upgrade later!) So, a little background: this is the fifth system I've put together, so I would like to think I know what I'm doing from the hardware perspective as far as making the proper connections, etc. Ok -- put everything together last night, turn on the juice, and no boot screen! Power comes on, but nothing on the moniter. Praying that my radeon has finally bit the dust (and thus an excuse to upgrade), I plug it back into my old system (Athlon 1700+), and eveything works fine. Next I start pulling out all cards (modem, NIC,..) and try again. Still nothing. Pull all the IDE channels. Nothing. Pull the ram. Nothing. At this point it's just the Mobo, CPU, and video card, and I still can't even get a bootup screen!!! I'm guessing that the mobo is DOA. Could it be the CPU? If the mobo is functioning properly, and not the CPU, shouldn't I get a boot up screen with errors? Thinking about swapping in a radeon 9600 and seeing if this makes the difference (the mobo doesn't support agp 3.3v, and the 8500 is a 3.3v (2x) or 1.5v (4x) card -- maybe it's not switching over to the 1.5v setting and thus screwing up the mobo?? FYI - The 9600 is only a 1.5v or 0.8v card. This sucks. Please Help. P.S. Obviously I was aiming to seriously overclock this board, given my hardware setup. Not too happy about the fact that I cannot even get it to boot at the spec speeds.