I understand that your system freezes during POST during a cold boot and the post code that you get is EB.
Usually the problem that you are experiencing is related to a device connected to the motherboard that is not recognized correctly. IT could be a hard drive, RAM memory, the video card or any PCI card.
I recommend you to set a hard drive delay in BIOS under the configuration tab and try again.
If the problem continues, try removing al the non essential components to see if the problem continues.
My experience is, that this is a general Intel BIOS issue and my 'feeling' is that it is related to USB enumeration during POST. Of course no one is likely to admit it, as I found with a ticket I opened with local Intel support.
It helps to enable as mush 'fast boot optimizations' as you can and disable all but the HDD for boot, but that has other side effects is also not always a choice.
Thanks for the help. I did start turning off USB ports and firewire that I wasn't using and that seems to help. I did try the fast boot options but like you said it introduces its own problems. I have ordered a HD 6850 in hopes that a newer video card may help things a little.
I do appreciate the help from intel (Victor), but I am curious why they (Intel) advertise the speed of the new 520 series SSD and then would recommend introducing a hard drive delay.
I thought about updating to the latest BIOS but that will keep me from going backwords after that point and I am curious if the 22nm support will have its own headaches.