Ok, from my first build a couple of weeks ago, I posted my problems here at this link: http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=133273 Since then you guys have determined that I ruined the mobo. So I ordered a new one and it arrived today. I do not want to roast this one so I need your help. It is a Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H mobo. Tomorrow I am going to Frys during my lunch hour to get a wrist strap to help prevent shorting. Then and only then will I take the board out of the box. Here is where I need your help. Here are the items I have so far: Athlon Phenom II X4 965 Deneb 3.4Ghz Black Edition CPU AM3 Quad core 45nm Corsair XMS3 DDR3 dual channel kit memory 4gb (2x2) PC3-10666 1333Mhz Cooler Master GX 750 watt ATX PSU Cooler Master Armor A90 mid-tower case w/120mm and 200mm fans MSI Radeon HD5750 1 GB PCI Video Card Sound Blaster SE PCI Sound card Logitech speaker System I need to do two things please: (1) I need to know how to test this board FIRST to make sure it is not a defective board. How do I do this before hooking everything else up? (2) Once the board is determined to be good, can you please give me a step by step setting this Gigabyte mobo up so I do not roast anything! A side note: It was determined that the first board was ruined but what if it was the CPU? How can I tell if I just bought myself another good board and the CPU is the problem? Thanks again for all your help! I really, REALLY appreciate everything you can let me know as I am a NEWBIE here!