Watched the video, remove fan and heatsink and then CPU, check very! closely your cpu socket for bent pins using a bright light and a magnifying glass, if not reinstall CPU assembly and try again. Also it woud not hurt to reset CMOS with the power cable disconnected.
Possibly, but we must try several things before that:
1. Check whether your heatsink is seated properly and the processor is not overheating. Try re-seating the processor and check if you have any bent pins.
2. Boot without the ram and see if you get a continuous beep for ram error
3. Populate the third slot from the cpu with a single ram stick and see if it boots
I seriously appreciate your help guys. however, nothing is working.
removed board battery for 10 mins
pulled thermal, CPU
checked with Mag for bent pins - didn't see any (pic linked)
reseated both CPU and fan
tried with no ram
then a single stick in the 3rd slot from CPU as suggested
got the board from newegg - i guess an RMA is in order heh?