Personally I think to make a simple mistake like using standoffs maybe we all shouldn't be so quick to blame the ebay seller
If this mistake was made it is easy that others have been made also... for example wrong power supply cables in the wrong parts of the motherboard
Personally I think newbies should at least do a lot of reading before attempting to build and should have a good look at pre built systems also
Not using standoffs for 3 builds is unforgiveable buddy. Do some reading, have a look round and then start again from scratch. Take absolutely everything apart and try again and only install what is needed and install outside of the case on some cardboard to test. You will soon find out if its a dead mobo or a silly mistake
I wouldn't consider myself a "newbie". This is my PERSONAL 3rd build, i have built home systems for a friends parent and even reincarnated an old HP from the dead piece by piece. So i know somewhat of what I am doing. I know that everything is connected correctly, as I have already torn it apart and rebuild it. Twice already in the past week. 3rd time being this evening earlier.
Thank you! Someone reads previous posts... I am positive now it is the mobo as i took it apart and rebuild it on a big sheet of posterboard no case. I hooked up the PSU to an older computer, i had to go out and buy a cable to be able to use it with an old dell from 2005. But it powered up, so we know the PSU is fine and that means that the only logical thing it could be now is the mobo. Unless something really strange is going on, like a tiny dragon is pushing 5 pins out of the atx connector. But hey, thats unlikely.
As far as overclocking, i am only using an i3 3220, but when i get my paycheck next week or so i plan on ebay-ing the processor scooping up 80 bucks and putting that towards a nice "k" i5. Not sure which one yet. But probably the 2500. Im not planning on doing A LOT of overclocking. Here's a noob question, on the mobos ive been looking at like the asrock h77, it has overclock features, but im sure i could just get cpu-z and overclock that way. Is this possible? I wouldnt overclock a lot by the way, just to bench a few things and see how much more performance i could safely get out of going up about 300-500mhz.