Need new board Striker Extreme Motherboard Bad PCI-E slots X 3

I have an interesting problem and many days later I think i narrowed it down to a bad motherboard. What was happening about 8 weeks after i moved into a new house which later I found out after the problem the whole area is known for dirty power. before you all get on me, I just recently bought an APC, but not till after the fact.

The system would turn click off shortly after i hit the power button like it was a bad power supply, NP I replaced the 1K PSU with an 850K PSU. The system would turn on and after its been on for awhile it would click off. I monitored the temp of the CPU and saw it was running hot, around 60 C. I have had the system for 5 years now so I took the heat seek off and put new thermal paste on, temp runs about 10-15 C cooler now. i took out one video card and tried one at a time and eventually the system would turn off no matter which PCI-E slot it was in. Then I tried to stress the video card some, I ran the ratings test that is on Windows 7 and every time when it starts testing around the direct X stuff the motherboard clicks off. Before I was running XP Pro - 64bit and upgraded to Windows 7 ultimate and same problem with clicking off.

I am thinking maybe the motherboard took a power spike since it was only plugged into a power strip and now the PCI-E slots don't work correctly ?
I replaced the video cards with one nvidia Geforce GTX 550 Ti 1TB , only got one not trying to run SLI right now

My environment from the beginning

ASUS Striker Extreme motherboard -

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 -

Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

2 X ASUS EN8800GTS/HTDP/640M GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP -

Case - COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 Evolution RC-830-SSR3-GP Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer -
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  1. The main question I guess I am trying to ask if you all agree that more than likely there is something wrong with the motherboard ?
  2. I want to keep the same tower, looking to upgrade motherboard if forced to, which its looking that way.

    budget of about $700
    only thing i need to buy is


    recommendations ?

    Purpose of machine
    It doesn't have to be an extremely bad azz gaming machine, but like to be able to play some of the good stuff from time to time. things like left for dead 2, i still play BF 2142.

    Mainly using the machine to host video files that are streamed thru the lan onto the TV and want to be able to play games from time to time.

    going to school college online so i experiment around with a lot of VM machines for lab and testing purposes
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