Thanks for the fast replies guys. I've unplugged and replugged everything numerous times as well a checking the other connections (cpu and ram seating ect) Once I get back home I'll try using a single stick of ram and hope that works out... if not then I'll order a speaker. As far as the monitor being bad.. it's the one I'm using now
(although I did try both onboard graphics and installing a gfx card and neither made a difference)
Is it possible, albeit highly unlikely, that the cpu was a dud? There's no physical damage to it.. no bent pins or anything.. but maybe?