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Sure a bad or shorted or improperly installed component can cause a 'Boot Loop'.
Make sure the RAM is installed in the correct DIMM slots:
CPU: | blank | RAM | blank | RAM |
Do NOT use XMP! Install the RAM as listed above and Clear CMOS, use Jumper Method, see -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdHH9KrceR0
and see if the problem(s) is fixed.
Look at the Event Manager and look for the [+] Critical errors listed.