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Startup FAIL due to hardware?

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Hi, first time on here. A buddy of mine help put together a computer for me a couple of months ago, but has since moved away. The comp has been working great for a few months but recently (i think after a windows auto update may have downloaded) it does not start up or post... after pushing the power button all the fans start up, lights turn on, but no post and a blank/black monitor screen.

I used to play around with computers back in high school...its been 10 years, but I still know the basics of the hardware.

I'm not sure if its the mother board - MB ASUS P5Q PRO 775 P45 RT

or maybe the processor - CPU INTEL|C2D E8500 3.16G 775 45N R (i checked it, didn't look burnt or messed up)

or maybe something I didn't suspect or don't know about.

Any help/suggestions would be great, thanks in advance!
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(i checked it, didn't look burnt or messed up)

Did you take it apart or just took a look at it?

It’s happened to me a lot of times that if I just take it all apart and put it back together, it magically works, the same way it breaks. Windows wouldn’t be to blame this time, this is a hardware failure.
Try disconnecting all that is not vital for it to startup to rule things out, like CD/DVD drive, modems, PCI devices, that can keep it from booting sometimes, and also, did you rule out your screen yet?
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