To begin troubleshooting, I'd recommend a BIOS recovery.
To perform a BIOS recovery on this motherboard, you need only to put the BIOS recovery files (*.BIO) on a USB flash drive. You can download the files here:
Then, while the system is off, connect the USB flash drive and remove the BIOS jumper from the motherboard.
Finally, boot the system. The recovery should start automatically.
Please re-test your system using only one system memory module, connected to the blue slot closest to the processor.
Cheers for the info. I have done this now but it hasnt seemed to help, however it has ruled this out that this is the problem. I may have found the root of my problem through this though. I have been watching the Real Time monitoring in BIOS and my CPU is sat in BIOS at nearly 60'C! I'm going to give the heatspreader on the CPU a proper polish with IPA this weekend and re-aply the TIM. If this fails I will just chuck an aftermarket cooler on it and see if that helps.
I still have no graphics output and I'm still getting the two BIOS beeps without a graphics card installed. Although this I can live with but the shutting down I can't!
Please be aware that polishing the metal heatspreader on the processor will void the warranty on the processor. The thermal interface material that's included with the processor, along with the fan that's on the processor box; should provide enough cooling for the chip.
Please monitor the temperatures during regular system operation, using the Intel(R) Desktop Utilities.
Thanks for the update, By polishing I just meant a good clean with Isopropyl Alcohol to get any of the remaining thermal solution off, as this CPU and cooler have both been used in a couple of different motherboards for testing. I have cleaned up both the CPU and heatsink and reapplied some new thermal interface material (actually from intel) and I am now monitoring the CPU temperatures from BIOS. I did have Windows 7 Pro x64 installed but I have since stripped the system down for trouble shooting, before I was using CPUID HW monitor to measure temperatures.
Now with the system set up on a test bench with just the CPU, RAM, Heatsink and GPU installed in the motherboard I'm booting into the BIOS and I can watch the temperature rise from about 30'C and it will rise slowly and steadily to about 60'C where it seems to level off. The fan is definatly spinning on the heatsink and the heatsink is hot to the touch so the heat is definatly being transfered.
I believe the motherboard may be at fault but if you have any other suggestions to try they would be greatly appreciated!
Please be aware that this processor was designed to operate constantly at a temperature of 72.6C. Any temperature on or below that is considered as normal. You can confirm that here: http://ark.intel.com/products/52213
If you are already running the latest BIOS version, and would still like to discuss a warranty replacement for the motherboard/processor, please feel free to contact our support department: