It's OK folks!
you can put away the black armbands. The CPU was fine. Once I reset the CMOS, it came back. Only thing was, my system was perfect except the network card wasn't working. A new card didn't help and The techs (again techs!) said 'something' had corrupted the registry and made it impossible to install network drivers. I just got it back after reinstalling windows, and haven't hooked it up yet. I'm waiting till tomorrow so I have a whole day to tear my hair out. BTW, I only got notified about your post, dickcruz, today.