I only have the motherboard, cpu, ram, gpu, and psu put together just for the test boot.
One thing that concerns me was the metallic brushing noise coming from the cpu socket when i put the cpu in, is this normal? I made sure to use zero insertion force and not to touch the pins. i'm also fairly sure i put it in the right way.
I also work in a carpeted area and forget to discharge static of myself at times when building, would a few static shocks to the board really do any permanent damage?
As long as you lined the cpu up correctly. Also, yes a few static shocks could completely destroy a motherboard. But before you jump to conclusions. How are you turning on the pc? Are you shorting the power connector with a screw driver?