Having trouble with my motherboard and RAM. Please help me!


Jan 18, 2007
Hey all, I'm building my first PC and I'm having some trouble.
My parts:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300
evga 8800gts
Antec one two trio 650W power supply
WD 600gb Sata HDD
Lite-ON DVD Drive
pqi 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM DDR3 533 PC2 4200 RAM
Intel DG965WH Media Series Motherboard

I got everything hooked up, and my tower power LED kept flashing, and the motherboard was not POSTing. I was using an Intel DG965WH Motherboard, and the RAM on it was qi TURBO 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory. I researched the motherboard, and that RAM is not compatible because it has such a low latency.(I'm not 100% sure about that, this is where I need the help.) I found it would be cheaper to get a better MoBo instead ofreturning the RAM and reorder compatible RAM because of a restocking free, so I found this motherboard. ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard.
So basically, will my RAM work with this motherboard, I really can't tell. I need to know ASAP because i Need to order the part before I leave for school this weekend. Thank you for the help!
I would reinstall the ram to be sure, but outside of the case. Basically, you place the bare board on top of a phonebook or the box it came in. Make sure the cpu heatsink is making good contact, and is plugged into the correct header. Connect the main atx power supply lead (20 or 24 pin connector), the 4 pin 12v square connector, power switch lead, case speaker lead (to hear beep codes), video, and just one stick of ram. This is to be sure no part of the motherboard is making contact at the wrong point inside the case. Also, while the board is outside of the case, double check to be sure the i/o shield (backplate) is square, and the mounting points inside the case all line up with openings in the board. An extra one without any opening will ground the board. Finally, your 8800gts probably needs to have a lead connected from the power supply.


Dec 7, 2006
damn, I'm glad i was dead on, with P5B and Corsair ram. Though it was not listed as "certified" in the motherboard's manual.