Rig power cycling on and off every few seconds. No POST

Components (2 years old)
I5 2500k
Gigabyte p67A-ud4
Gtx 580 SLI
8gb ram
1200w silverstone strider gold

Problem: rig keeps powering on and off after 2 seconds. Gigabyte phase LED all lit up. No beep (headphones connected). Googled this. Apparently it's a notorious problem but no apparent/different solution in threads. Happened suddenly after not using pc for few days. Nothing looks burnt but thermal paste was dry when removing heat sink off CPU.

Tried: removing CMOS battery. Tried reassembling and dusting off connections. Tried w/o GPU, single ram stick, etc.

this happened once before but resolved when dusting everything's off and reassembled (case has no dust filter. It is like a vacuum cleaner)

Suspicions: overheated CPU (dry thermal paste) or Ram damage (due to forceful insertion) or mobo fried (dust)

I don't have spare components to test out. Is the anything I can still do before going to a shop?. They charge $80 an hour.
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  1. Pull all components, including RAM, except for the cpu and boot. At the very least it should beep. If not, then the power supply has probably failed.
  2. First of all, you will not get any beeps through the headphones. you need a system speaker or piezo-electric beeper plugged into the motherboard. If you have a non-booting system, you really need one.

    Work systematically through our standard checklist and troubleshooting thread:
    I mean work through, not just read over it. We spent a lot of time on this. It should find most of the problems.

    If not, continue.
    The following is an expansion of my troubleshooting tips in the breadboarding link in the "Cannot boot" thread.

    I have tested the following beep patterns on Gigabyte, eVGA, and ECS motherboards. Other BIOS' may be different, but they all use a single short beep for a successful POST.

    Breadboard - that will help isolate any kind of case problem you might have.

    Breadboard with just motherboard, CPU & HSF, case speaker, and PSU.

    Make sure you plug the CPU power cable in. The system will not boot without it.

    I always breadboard a new build. It takes only a few minutes, and you know you are putting good parts in the case once you are finished.

    You can turn on the PC by momentarily shorting the two pins that the case power switch goes to. You should hear a series of long, single beeps indicating memory problems. Silence indicates a problem with (in most likely order) the PSU, motherboard, or CPU. Remember, at this time, you do not have a graphics card installed so the load on your PSU will be reduced.

    If no beeps:
    Running fans and drives and motherboard LED's do not necessarily indicate a good PSU. In the absence of a single short beep, they also do not indicate that the system is booting.

    At this point, you can sort of check the PSU. Try to borrow a known good PSU of around 550 - 600 watts. That will power just about any system with a single GPU. If you cannot do that, use a DMM to measure the voltages. Measure between the colored wires and either chassis ground or the black wires. Yellow wires should be 12 volts. Red wires: +5 volts, orange wires: +3.3 volts, blue wire : -12 volts, violet wire: 5 volts always on. Tolerances are +/- 5% except for the -12 volts which is +/- 10%.

    The gray wire is really important. It should go from 0 to +5 volts when you turn the PSU on with the case switch. CPU needs this signal to boot.

    You can turn on the PSU by completely disconnecting the PSU and using a paperclip or jumper wire to short the green wire to one of the neighboring black wires.

    A way that might be easier is to use the main power plug. Working from the back of the plug where the wires come out, use a bare paperclip to short between the green wire and one of the neighboring black wires. That will do the same thing with an installed PSU. It is also an easy way to bypass a questionable case power switch.

    This checks the PSU under no load conditions, so it is not completely reliable. But if it can not pass this, it is dead. Then repeat the checks with the PSU plugged into the computer to put a load on the PSU.

    If the system beeps:
    If it looks like the PSU is good, install a memory stick. Boot. Beep pattern should change to one long and several short beeps indicating a missing graphics card.

    Silence, long single beeps, or series of short beeps indicate a problem with the memory. If you get short beeps verify that the memory is in the appropriate motherboard slots.

    Insert the video card and connect any necessary PCIe power connectors. Boot. At this point, the system should POST successfully (a single short beep). Notice that you do not need keyboard, mouse, monitor, or drives to successfully POST.
    At this point, if the system doesn't work, it's either the video card or an inadequate PSU. Or rarely - the motherboard's PCIe interface.

    Now start connecting the rest of the devices starting with the monitor, then keyboard and mouse, then the rest of the devices, testing after each step. It's possible that you can pass the POST with a defective video card. The POST routines can only check the video interface. It cannot check the internal parts of the video card.
  3. Best answer
    Have you been overclocking recently? Bringing voltages too high can cause symptoms like this to happen. Try removing the CMOS battery located near the small 8-pin BIOS chips.
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