So I followed Kiowa's advice and took the mobo/cpu/hsf to repair shop and determined the mobo was the problem. Replaced it with the asrock z77 extreme4. Successful breadboard so installed everything and looks like I am close.
At this point, windows is asking to run startup repair, which I can run, but when I do, the mouse and keyboard stop working so I can't do anything further. My plan is to try repair off the Windows 7 DVD, but before I do, I wanted to ask if I should be concerned about possibly losing information on my HDD. I have an SSD for windows 7 and a separate HDD for everything else. Would I be better off doing a full reinstall?