SUCCESS!!!! I put the old CPU, mobo and RAM back in and that baby fired up like there was never anything wrong. Now I got all these extra parts laying around that I have no use for and speant all that money on (well only about 130 bucks worth) but I'll just say that's the price for the learning experience I guess. At least I did get to make good use of that enormous new heatsink and cpu fan. Guys I can't thank you enough. Especially you SOcRatEs and kirock. My wife is also eternally grateful to have her PC back. I'll certainly be coming back here for any future advice. Thanks again.