ok...so me and my friend built a pc with an intel board (im not sure which model because he bought most of it) with a new LGA 775 3.0ghz processor. we have the stock fan and HS and its all in an antec tower case. SATA hdd radeon x600xt graphics, antec smartpower 400W psu, 2 dvdrw drives, 2x512 corsair DDR dual channel. im not sure if i missed anything, but we start it up and it gives us the "im too hot so im gonna shut down" beep. then when we start it up again it shows a message saying that the system was shut down due to critical thermal levels or some BS like that. basically it thinks its overheating. there is thermal compound on the HSF and it is hardly warm to the touch when it shuts down. because of this message i am pretty sure the problem is in the board, but i have never encountered this so i really have no clue. i reset the bios once and we had more time than usual before the motherboard shut the pc down, and im not sure what it all means but it was interesting how we had more time after i reset the bios. we have never gotten it to start up past about 10 seconds. if anyone knows why this might be happening and how i could resolve this issue please let me know. if you need more info also let me know. we are going to unhook everything tomorrow and rebuild it only using the critical components at first, but i thought i would post up here and see if anyone else has had the same problem.
-Epox EP-8KRA2+ with KT600 VIA chipset
-Athlon XP 2500+ Barton core
-160gb WD SATA
-Nvidia 6600GT agp
-1024 Mb Dual Channel DDR PC3200 corsair valueram
-Antec 430 Watt Truepower
-Windows XP Pro OS