New Intel Core i7 950 & DX58SO

I am having some problems with my new build. I am new to building computers but have watched some YouTubes on this build.

I have a DX58SO motherboard, a Intel Core i7 950 CPU, a GTX460 Nivida graphis card, a Western Digital HD 1TB 7200 RPM drive that is unformated.

I am installing a new Windows 7 OS to this system.

I have checked to see if everything is connected properly and it seems to be so. However when I start up the system with the Windows 7 disk in the CD drive it starts loading up the software and then when it is almost finished the system shuts down.

This takes about one to one and half minutes. I have done this three times and each time it shuts down the same way. Once I heard the system beep three or four times but this only occurred on one start up.

When I was installing the Intel Core i7 950 I followed the instructions but it did not seem right to me. When I placed the CPU in its tray it was aligned with the correct posts at the edge of the tray that the CPU in placed in.

I then used the locking lever to fold over the clip that locks the CPU down in the tray. The thing is that it did not seem to “snap” or “click” into place. I thought that the locking lever would do this. Is the CPU supposed to “click” or “snap” into the pin bed that it is laid upon???

Given what you have read above any other ideas??
James CoatsComputer Info. Sys. StudentAsked:
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The locking lever should fit under a metal tab on the side of the socket. There is no real clicking or snapping sound associated with the installation. To clarify, when you say "it starts loading up the software", does software mean the Windows installation?
James CoatsComputer Info. Sys. StudentAuthor Commented:
Well from what you say then it seems that the locking lever was done correctly. Yes the software is the Windows 7 installation.
James CoatsComputer Info. Sys. StudentAuthor Commented:
Should I try starting up the system without the CD in the CD drive??
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10023Web site maintenance and designCommented:
According to your manual 3 beeps is a memory error
You have channel memory which calls for the correct placement
Figure 21 of your manual shows the correct orientation for the ram for the bottom notch
Therefore i would review manual and reset ram...sometimes you have to push down firmly to
get those pins to seat
You may want to check the BIOS monitoring page; it is possible that your heatsink is incorrectly mounted and therefore the processor is shutting down quickly due to excess heat. If temperatures seem normal (below 50 deg. celsius), then check all of your cable connections (particularly those to your disk drives). If Windows will still not load, burn an Ubuntu Live CD and test whether that will load.
Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
It's very unlikely you got the locking lever wrong -- it's VERY straightforward and fairly intuitive.    In addition, the CPU can't really be seated wrong, as it's got alignment notches that won't allow it to be dropped into the socket incorrectly.

There are several possibilities that come to mind here ...

(a)  Be sure you installed both the ATX power AND the 12v auxiliary CPU power (8-pin connection shown at location "S" in Figure 1 on page 11 of the product guide:

(b)  Possible overtemp condition (as noted above) due to either an incorrectly installed heatsink [the heatsink should NOT have any "play" if you have it correctly secured]  or possibly an unconnected heatsink fan (it IS spinning, right?).

(c)  An incorrectly installed component -- memory (See page 38 on the product guide)  or the video card (Did you connect the PCIe auxiliary power to the card?) are the two most likely "culprits".

Finally, are you SURE the system shut down?    Some Intel boards go "dark" for a couple seconds during a restart -- if you didn't wait a few seconds you may have simply pulled power before a normal restart was completed.    This is not likely the case here;   but just want to be sure you didn't "panic" too quickly.

One additional question:   Can you enter the BIOS okay during the POST display?    Assuming so, do so and "look around" to see if there's anything set that you don't understand.     In particular, note the access mode that's set for the hard disk channels [i.e. is SATA set for AHCI mode, or some other mode?].

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James CoatsComputer Info. Sys. StudentAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info. I am going to call it quits for tonigh. I will start up again tomorrow and try the suggestions.
James CoatsComputer Info. Sys. StudentAuthor Commented:
The heat sink was not secure it moved just a little. I reseated it and the MS OS loaded and I am ready to install. A funny thing I noted.

On page 11 item " I " is not on my board and my board map that I have shows the USB connectors (item "V") with the connectors pointing up but on my board they are laid over on their side. This is very  inconvenient why would they make it this way??
Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Glad it's working.   As for the PCI aux power connector (Item "I") not being on your board -- that's not surprising.    You probably have a newer revision of the board [There are a variety of specification addendums on Intel's site ... I just posted the base spec] -- and many vendors have stopped including additional PCI power connectors, since virtually all the boards that need extra power have their own PCIe aux input [I'm sure your GTX460 does, for example].

Items "V" on the board are the SATA connectors.    The USB connections are items "W".    I agree that both would be more convenient if they pointed up rather than sideways ... but clearly some designer at Intel doesn't agree :-)
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