okay, you may laugh at me for this one. i sent my new PSU back for a replacement, and they recieved it and all and they will be sending the new one shortly (that's not the funny part).
I was reading up in my motherboard's manual and noticed the 4 pin AUX plug in. Now, heh, does this need to be plugged in, in order to boot the computer? I do not remember unplugging this when I took out my dead PSU, and I know I didn't hook it up when I tried my new PSU.
I'm thinking to myself as I'm writing this "I have over 1000 posts and I've been a member for quite a while now, and I'm STILL a newb".
circled in blue on the left is the AUX connection. i also circled towards the right a USB connector that's not plugged in, the wire that's not plugged in is black.
Thanks many many times for all the help!