@clarkjd Yes, I have run thru the steps listed there and not once did the mother board fire up (no fan spins even for a sec).
One thing I noticed since is that the motherboard has both the 8 pint atx_12v connector (which i connected) and the 24 pin atx connector (which I did not connect to).
Am I supposed to connect both the atx connectors to the PSU? Maybe that is my problem? If so, I can put it all together again before I make the trip to the store.
Sorry if it's a noob question.
EDIT: As for not connecting the 24 pin connector, the 1st image on the troubleshooting steps has a cross sign on the 24pin connector port.. I am assuming what I did is correct. The image I am referring to