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System not making it to post suddenly.

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I've been running the system in my specs for about a week. I had it running at 2.7ghz with the memory in my Asus A8n SLI bios set at at 333mhz divider with the fsb/cpu multiplier at 245x11. No problems. System stable. Good stuff. Then I got another hard drive. On my older 2 hard drives, they had power dongle hookups as well as SATA power hookups. All 3 drives are SATA. On the new hard drive, there is no power dongle 4 pin hookup so I just used the SATA power cable and decided to use SATA power cables on the other 2 drives as well. No biggie, I thought. I have an OCZ GameXStream 600w power supply. It has plenty of hookups for SATA drives and regular power dongles.
So anyway, I was able to boot right up into windows just fine and set up my new drive. Got it formatted and working fine. However, my windows boot times were now alot slower than before. It normally took around 5 seconds from the time I click my login name to the time everything was loaded in my system tray to include Skype and a couple other things. I thought it must have been a problem with the new hard drive. I checked all my settings in the bios just to make sure everything was the way it was supposed to be. It was. I tried again to boot up. Again it was slower than usual. Once loaded, everything ran normal speed. I was just concerned about system performance with the slow booting.
I shutdown the system and disconnected the power 'n all and disconnected the SATA and the power connectors from the hard drive and the mobo just to see if it loaded any faster. System didn't even make it to post. All I got was a voice error "system failed memory test" over and over. So I checked my memory, reseated it. Still didn't make it to post. So I cleared the CMOS and it made it to post. I just let the system load up into windows. It did indeed load up windows quicker than with the hard drive attached. Yay.
So I figured hell with the hard drive. I don't need it. I rebooted and went into the bios to put all my settings at what they were before, and again, it didn't make it to post. I cleared CMOS again and tried overclocking just the CPU. I got it to 2.6ghz just fine at x10 multiplier.
However, as soon as I tried to change my memory from "auto" to 333, it didn't boot. As ASUS folks might know with this bios, even though the ram is 400mhz ram, the "auto" sets it at 200mhz (100mhz x2) instead of 400mhz (200mhz x2). So even with no overclock, you have to go into the bios and change it to 400mhz to get everything to run stock speeds. I tried 266 and it booted once ok, but wouldn't get to post the next time I tried to reboot. Cleared CMOS again. Memory won't let me set it back to what it was before. I'm not even trying to overclock at all. I set the FSB back to 200 and when I try to set the RAM to what it's supposed to be, the system won't make it to post. I get "system failed memory test". What could be causing this?
I started having these problems before I had to leave to come to work so I haven't tried everything I could think of just yet. I haven't tried putting the power dongles back on the original hard drives. I still have the SATA power connectors on them.
I also tried hooking the 3rd hard drive back up. Yeah it booted slow but at least the OC worked and my memory ran the way it was supposed to. Nope..no good...no post screen. So...***? Any ideas?

If i clear the cmos and make no changes, the system boots up just fine and fast...but..the memory is running at half speed.
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
e8400 Asus P5ND 8800 GT 4GB SuperTalent 800mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
710 GB (in 3 drives) XP Dell 2407wfp Saitek Eclipse 
PowerCaseMouse
OCZ GamexStream 600W Antec 900 (modded) G9 
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e8400 Asus P5ND 8800 GT 4GB SuperTalent 800mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
710 GB (in 3 drives) XP Dell 2407wfp Saitek Eclipse 
PowerCaseMouse
OCZ GamexStream 600W Antec 900 (modded) G9 
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turns out it was a bad memory stick...bah
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
e8400 Asus P5ND 8800 GT 4GB SuperTalent 800mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
710 GB (in 3 drives) XP Dell 2407wfp Saitek Eclipse 
PowerCaseMouse
OCZ GamexStream 600W Antec 900 (modded) G9 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
e8400 Asus P5ND 8800 GT 4GB SuperTalent 800mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
710 GB (in 3 drives) XP Dell 2407wfp Saitek Eclipse 
PowerCaseMouse
OCZ GamexStream 600W Antec 900 (modded) G9 
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Yeah you might wanna get that RMAed if most RAM has a lifetime warranty.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350  Asus Sabertooth R9 290X x 2 Corsair Vengence 16 GB 8x2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
All Maxtor 2x1TB HDD Raid 0 2x2 TBBackup 2xSony DVD-RW Windows 10 47" Toshiba Regza 
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Razor Deathstalker Thermaltake Toughpower 1000 Watt Custom Razor Naga 2014 
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AMD FX-8350  Asus Sabertooth R9 290X x 2 Corsair Vengence 16 GB 8x2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
All Maxtor 2x1TB HDD Raid 0 2x2 TBBackup 2xSony DVD-RW Windows 10 47" Toshiba Regza 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razor Deathstalker Thermaltake Toughpower 1000 Watt Custom Razor Naga 2014 
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Corsair has lifetime warranty which is great so get it RMA'ed matey.
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