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HELP - 3770k on Maximus V Gene won't power on

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I'd like to start off by apologizing if I posted this in the wrong forum but I couldn't find one that it fit into any better.

Here is my list of components...

cpu - 3770k
mobo - Maximus V Gene
ram - 4gb generic kingston 1600
gpu - EVGA geforce gtx 570 X2 in SLI
ssd - Intel 520 series X2 in raid 0
psu - Thermaltake toughpower 1200w
case - coolermaster haf xb evo
cooling - Corsair h100i w/ X4 sp120's in push/pull

For a little back story, I started this build to create an easy to transport box for LAN's and remote gaming etc. I started off originally with an Antec Earthwatts 750w PSU, but decided to upgrade to a bigger power supply for the sake of the gtx 570's. With that being said, it would power on, I installed windows, got my games going, everything was great. I decided hey, why not get a bigger PSU incase I upgrade my video cards down the road, and the PSU was on sale to boot so why not? I got the whole thing together, all wired up, the motherboard will light up (both start/reset buttons and the led line etched in around the supremefx stuff). I went to push the power button for the first time after putting the TT toughpower psu in and the fans spin up for less than a second, and turn off. I try it one more time, and the same thing happens, it tries to power on but then shuts off immediately. I get no reading off the postcode display because it isnt even powered up long enough to initialize. This was very troubling obviously so I began troubleshooting.

I removed both video cards completely, symptoms remain the same. I then unplugged the SSD's (sata power/data), same thing. At this point I was getting very frustrated so I removed all but one stick of the RAM (which came from a previously working build), and nothing has changed. I ended up completely unplugging everything from the board, front panel connectors, etc, leaving nothing plugged in but my fan controller for the rad fans, the pump power off the h100i, the 24pin and the 8pin to the mobo. Still I have nothing, so at this point I am thinking maybe I got a bad PSU? I have an antec digital psu tester, so I plugged it in, and went through each connector, sata, molex, 6pin (gpu), and all readings were just fine. Despite what the tester says the board obviously will not power on so I decided I would just rma the psu and move on. I installed the old psu (my antec earthwatts), but decided to start slow as I was already done undoing and redoing work in this box, and began with just the 24pin, 8pin, fan controller, and h100i sata power. At this point I am still only using one stick of ram, havent put in the video cards yet, and am seeing the same results, mobo lights yes, power on no. I then decided hey, why not clear the cmos, wait a bit and try again. Same results, no power on, no love. I then _replaced_ the cmos battery after leaving the old one out for a little while, still no power.

At this point the only thing I have not done is try mounting a different cpu, but I didn't see what good that would do. Any thoughts or ideas on this? I have to wait til monday to contact Asus about a possible RMA, so I thought I would pick your brains about any potential causes or fixes that may save me the hassle of being down during the long transit times there and back. Any and all help or advice is appreciated, I'm open to anything at this point! Thanks for taking the time to read this, I'm sorry it's so long winded but I wanted to be thorough and rule out as much as I could!
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Sounds like a bad PSU. Have you tried that same 1200W PSU on another computer?
Gaming Computer
(19 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Asustek P5Q-PRO Nvidia 9800 GTX+ Kingston DDR2 8gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital 1 TB Pioneer Noctua NH-U9B Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell Monitor Logitech G110 Antec 750W Thermaltake Aluminium Old Case 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse Generic Mousepad Soundblaster 5.1 VX 
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Gaming Computer
(19 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Asustek P5Q-PRO Nvidia 9800 GTX+ Kingston DDR2 8gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital 1 TB Pioneer Noctua NH-U9B Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell Monitor Logitech G110 Antec 750W Thermaltake Aluminium Old Case 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse Generic Mousepad Soundblaster 5.1 VX 
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No, that is one thing I have not tried. The only thing that worries me though like I was saying above is that I put my old PSU back in, and it still won't power on...
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