Hi, I just recently put together a new system, with the core components been a GA-p35-DS3 Motherboard from Gigabyte, and the new E8400 Wolfdale CPU's. Other components included: 2GB of Corsair Dual Channel Memory XFX 8600GTS Graphics Card 550W Coolermaster PSU Thermaltake Soprano DX Case Hard Disk, etc. Now, the problem was, everything connected but nothing would start, not make a sound, nor even flicker a lil light. Once we did manage to get it to work it was found that the CPU fan would not start immediatly, rather there was a delay from 4-7 seconds. After some investigating, it was found that the CPU fan delay problem was fixed by moving the connector from CPU_FAN to the SYS_FAN1 port on the mobo. Furthermore, the not-starting-at-all-issue was fixed by simply not including the sound AC-97 or optional HD, from the case (external connection for headphones, etc), onto the motherboard. It appeared that it had an effect similar to short-circuiting the whole thing. Thus, after these two issues were resolved (ie, change of port and excluding sound) the system ran fine, and has been doing so as i install everything. The question i wanted to ask was: Are these problems because of a faulty motherboard (fingers crossed its not), and if so, can the faultiness further affect the remainder of my components within time? OR Are these problems because of potential incompatibility with the board and the E8400 (as i've heard some gossip) and requires a BIOS update? If so, where can such a thing be found? I thank you for any help in advance as this problem has been worrying me sick. A lot of money for a new system that i definitely don't want KAPUT. Thanks.