It takes me roughly 4 to 5 hours, start to finish, to assemble a new PC and load the OS. I lost count of how many systems I've built over the years, but this one has me stumped, I've never seen anything like it!! I hope there's someone out there that can shed some light into what's going on.... I started out with: Intel LGA775 ATX Motherboard BLKDP965LTCK (D41694), Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 LGA 775 Processor, Zalman Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler, Mushkin 4GB (2X2GB) DDR2 Memory, Logisys All Clear 550W ATX Power Supply (With UV Cable Management sleeves), eVGA GeForce 9600GT Superclocked 512MB GDDR3 PCIe 2.0 Video Card, Two Seagate Barracuda ES.2 500GB SATA Hard Drives, One Sony 20X SATA DVD Burner, and I added an AVerMedia AVerTVHD MCE A180 PCI ATSC HDTV Card, HP w2207h Monitor, Creative SoundBlaster Audigy SE 5.1 Channel PCI Sound Card. I packed it all into an Blue Apevia Aspire X-Plorer ATX Mid Tower Case with enough mods to light up the whole house with a bright blue glow. For the initial setup I was using my old 19" Viewsonic VGA Monitor, and I had done a full assembly on the case. Once assembled, I hit the power switch, the case lit up, all fans came on, the monitor came on for 15 seconds, then went to Power-Save Mode. Okay, I decided to strip it down to bare-bones to set it up, but it still did the same thing. I ran to Fry's Electronics to buy washers for the Motherboard Stand-Offs, on the off chance it was grounding out. That wasn't it. I figured the 550W PSU may not be enough, so I bought an Apevia 750W PSU. It still did the same thing. I then replaced the video card. Nope, not it. I replaced the Mushkin RAM with Corsair XMS2 DHX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 Dual Channel Memory. I swapped the Motherboard out for an Intel DQ965GFEKR (D41676) LGA775 MicroATX Motherboard, with on-board video. I removed the PCIe Video Card, and reset the BIOS, but the on-board video didn't even kick on the monitor! Methodically I replaced every piece of hardware, each time with the assumption that I had finally found the bad piece of hardware. Each time I was wrong! To make a very long, dreadfully painful, and ghastly expensive story shorter, I have replaced EVERY SINGLE piece of hardware for the new system at least once. I even replaced the Apevia case with a Tagan A-plus El Diablo Gaming Case, to eliminate the possibility of some faulty wiring grounding out the system!! The NEW-new system now has: Intel DQ965GFEKR (D41676) LGA775 MicroATX Motherboard, Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 LGA 775 Conroe Dual-Core CPU, Zalman Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler, Mushkin 4GB (2X2GB) DDR2 Memory, Logisys All Clear 550W ATX Power Supply (With UV Cable Management sleeves), eVGA GeForce 9600GT Superclocked 512MB GDDR3 PCIe 2.0 Video Card, Two Seagate Barracuda ES.2 500GB SATA Hard Drives, One Sony 20X SATA DVD Burner, AVerMedia AVerTVHD MCE A180 PCI ATSC HDTV Card, HP w2207h Monitor, and a Creative SoundBlaster Audigy SE 5.1 Channel PCI Sound Card, all packed into a Tagan A-plus El Diablo Case. I have gone by the book during assembly: static-free environment, seating and reseating everything, strictly bare-bones while trying to POST. I have disassembled and reassembled the system a total of 7 times, I am grasping at straws now. Please tell me there is someone out there that has gone through something similar, does anyone have any ideas? What am I missing???? Thanks in advance, Tattooed4Ever.