After typing all this, I apologize for the depth of this post, but it's 3.5 days of troubleshooting.
Sunday night I was having issues with Raidcall and I restarted my computer(everyone has issues with the program, people can't hear or be heard, not even my first issue probably not relevant). Desktop froze at windows startup, restarted itself and froze again, I watched as it froze a couple times at BIOS, and then it went on past BIOS and froze a couple at the loading screen for whatever the Windows 8 startup repair is. I unplugged the power cable and left it unplugged for a bit. When I returned(at least an hour later) I plugged it back in to the same issue it would freeze before booting, I unplugged it again, popped out the CMOS battery and waited about ten minutes, same issue, I left it on overnight, it would get to the first seconds of the startup screen for the windows repair thing and then freeze there for about 10 minutes before restarting. By Monday Morning it had just shut itself off and stopped rebooting, I pressed the power button, and it would not POST, but my motherboard has an LCD code display on it and I was getting two codes 15 and 19( I think) the codes for Northbridge and southbridge initialization. Just trying to see what was going on I wiggled some things, I reseated cables and cards and tried booting up with NO RAM, I got the same two codes, and code 51 which is the code for a memory error(of course I removed it). Inserted the RAM, no change. Took out CMOS battery my two hard drives, my disk drive, removed my three case fans, took out the GPU, took out the NIC, only leaving the motherboard, RAM, CPU,heat sink, and mouse and keyboard plugged in(I also unplugged everything on the case from the motherboard as the motherboard has a power and reset button on the motherboard) I reseated the 24-pin power cable, the SATA power cable(supposed to only be needed when I have PCI cards in which I didn't) and the 8 pin CPU cable. I did not plug my monitor into my onboard gfx, I don't need to see it boot or post, because I can watch the codes on my LCD display, anyway I pressed the power button on the motherboard and the heatsink fan and the two on the psu spun up, two lights on the motherboard lit up, and then all the lights on the motherboard flash as the fans die and it turns off. Probably two or three seconds total, the motherboard power light turns back on, another two or three seconds pass and it tries to boot up again, this is cyclical with no change. I've tried every hardware configuration possible just trying to get it to do anything other than what it does now which is: turn on for two or three seconds, no display, then it turns off for two or three seconds before it restarts. I've tried putting everything in back when it would just freeze during start up, I've tried resetting my BIOS and CMOS, I've gone as far as to take my motherboard out of the case and tried it on a cardboard box, even tried to just post on a cardboard box. I even made a cardboard stand that only touches the motherboard at the corners where the motherboard rests on the screws and tried to POST. I even reseated my CPU , going as far as to leaning my CPU and heatsink and reapplying the thermal paste. which included me giving my cpu an alcohol bath, and I did similarly to the seat that the CPU sits on, I checked both for any sort of damage, I checked all capacitors, I checked all the little "pathways" on the motherboard for damage. I used the paperclip trick on my psu, it starts up and stays started. I know this doesn't mean my PSU is fine, just that it starts up. after all this i've tried every physical variation again to try to get any other outcome during bootup. I spent all yesterday and up to now today doing the same.
Power supply: Apevia 680W Iceberg
Motherboard: Gigabyte z77x-ud3h
Processor: Intel i5 3570K
Memory: Corsair DDR3 It's a single 4gb stick of whatever their budget line is
Graphics: EVGA GTX 550 TI
NIC: Dlink airplus G
Hard drive: Seagate 1TB, Hitachi 320GB
mouse: logitech mx518
keyboard: Saitek II
I'm thinking I've got two possibilities for what's going on here:
Possibility 1. Computers mess up sometimes, whatever happened Sunday with it freezing while booting is a different issue, Once I started messing with things on Monday, I could have reset BIOS(which I did) to before it was possible to boot directly to a graphics card(saying that I have to boot using onboard graphics and then update my bios before I can use my card) However, the "K" line of processors have an option to disable graphics processing which leaves all graphics done by the card, I have this option on but resetting my CMOS and BIOS should turn that off, it's possible that it didn't and/or not having a monitor hooked up to my integrated graphics is causing this issue.(issue is unresolved if i try to boot using my gpu, which again might be because I reset the BIOS.
Possibility 2. It's a hardware issue. which comes down to PSU, mobo or CPU. I've had the CPU and Mobo for a little more than a year, and they haven't been used very extensively for most of this. The power supply is four or five years old, and to be honest, I had a fan fail on it a while back so I opened it up and did some "modding" I soldered a fan into the top of the power supply(blowing into the computer) then I added a fan pulling air from my computer, and I replaced the fan that goes on the part of the processor that plugs in. The two fans that pull air from the computer are soldered into a molex connector and they then plug into a molex connector from the power supply. It's sketchy but it "worked" for several years. Like I said I've paperclip tested the power supply, but I know that doesn't mean much. I have a digital multimeter, but I am unsure and therefore reluctant to start jamming metal that i'm holding into the end of into a power supply. I've went and ordered another one anyway, but who knows when it will be here.
I have no way to test my cpu or motherboard. They both look fine, they are much newer than the power supply, and Apevia isn't a very awesome brand anyway, not to mention that it's been tampered with. I'm hoping that it's the power supply, from what I can tell failing and faulty PSU's can cause a wide array of sporadic issues, it's just odd the progression of issues/ this issue.
Anway, I've you've made it to here congrats on reading my novella. I'm open to suggestion and comments.