Checked several more things, such as leaving CMOS battery out overnight, yet another power supply, hell I even pulled the whole board out of the case thinking perhaps the board was somehow shorting....Nothing.
Called Newegg, since it was only 10 days outside of their warranty on a $1400 purchase (I spend money like no tomorrow at newegg so I was hoping they would at least do a replacement)...Told me no can do, take it up with Gigabyte.
So I talked with a rep at gigabyte again, this time got someone that spoke English very well and pretty much was told the following:
~2 days JUST to get the RMA # (I am STILL waiting on an RMA #)
~2 days for them to process my credit card # for an advanced replacement
Then about 5-7 days for GROUND.
Here is the kicker, I cannot pay to upgrade to overnight or express on ANY OF THIS.
So I might be without a machine for at least until the first week of May, which surprise, has some of my Computer IS finals....
Off topic a bit, since it is looking like I am going to have to eat the cost of a new motherboard.
Would you guys consider Asus RMA services MUCH faster than this? I mean, only times I've ever had to RMA anything has been hard drives. I've got all kinds of other stuff over the years that is still rock solid. When it came to Western Digital drives, I just typed in my serial # and followed the prompts, printed the UPS label in 2 minutes and the hard drive was out the door. Gigabyte wants me to wait 2 days just to GIVE me that number.
So I'm either going to be buying:
The big thing I cannot decide now is, should I just go for the most inexpensive ~$60 board I can? Or are those considered junk for both Asus and AsRock? Going from a UD5 $200 board here