So after backing up all my documents and trying to clone the drives using both Norton partition magic and Acronis revealed that more than the drive that died was bad. I had two 250 GB seagate 7200.10 drives that were both failing causing a system lock up before booting. I remove all the old drives dust out the case and install the new drive and clean up the cabling.
I hook it back up and hit the power, the lights and fan comes on but the CPU fan is not spinning plus I have no video. I hook up the cpu fan to a different connector and the fan spins solid HDD light but still no video.
I try two other video cards with the same result. I am a bit panicked having no idea what could be wrong. So I take a break and make my kids some lunch and it dawns on me if maybe I put a bad sata cable back in and I switch it with a new one and still the same issue. I think why would the rest of the system get power but not the cpu and video. I look and see the 24 pin connector is just slightly out on the top end. I plug it in and it boots up. I get windows 7 installed and the system works flawlessly. I was 8 hours into prime 95 when I left for work this morning and the system was stable.
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