Computer sluggish/not booting, narrow it down?

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iplaywithblocks

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I recently bought components and assembled a new computer. It had a slight hitch in that the mobo wasn't picking up any IDE optical drives, behaving as if there was nothing at all plugged in, but I figured I'd get a SATA drive and live with as, as my 2 SATA HDD's were working fine.

Anyways, after about 4 weeks working fine, the system was shut off by my wife from the power button on the front. Trying to start it up now, everything is extremely slow. The bios takes a long time simply to get into, the Gigabyte splash screen takes forever to load, and it's about 5 minutes before it even starts trying to load windows. After ten minutes I get the screen to try and do a system restore, but nothing in there helps either. I made a bootable USB recovery drive for my install (Win7 x64) and that does the same thing: about 10 minutes before I can even select to do an english language install. Now a second sata drive will have similar problems (running Vista 64) but it simply won't load windows at all, doesn't even try to recover.

I want to say it's the mobo, because there are issues with either drive I use, but I want to narrow it down before I try and hassle Gigabyte for a replacement (everything was bought from Newegg, but is juuust past the 30 day RMA period)

So...any suggestions? thanks!

Specs:
MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-EP43T-UD3L
CPU: INTEL BX80571E5300 Pentium Dual-Core 2.60 GHz 800 MHz
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W
RAM: 2x2gig G.Skill DDR3 1333
 
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