motherboard testing

Posted on 2013-02-01
Last Modified: 2013-02-01
This is my 1st time building a PC and unfortunately my CPU has not arrived yet. But I got my motherboard. Can I go ahead and test the motherboard without the CPU in it? Thanks
Question by:biggynet
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insidetech earned 333 total points
ID: 38845410
There is nothing significant to test w/o CPU and chances are ... since it is your first build that you will damage something by powering it up or by static.
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choward16980 earned 167 total points
ID: 38845413
Not without some heavy knowledge of PCB's and a lot of expensive equipment.  WIthout a CPU, you will have nothing more than an angry, beeping decoration.

Author Comment

ID: 38845600
ok. Now once I get my CPU, do I need to mount the heatsink  to the CPU before I test or it is ok to just drop the CPU in the socket and test the motherboard? Thanks

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insidetech earned 333 total points
ID: 38845614
W/o Heat sink you will burn out the CPU cache and ultimately the CPU.
ALWAYS have the Heat sink on.

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ID: 38845887
Thanks. I will remember that.

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