Thanks for your help.
I haven't done anything yet because it seems to have fixed itself.
Note: The new motherboard I installed is exactly the same as the old one, even the same REV. I am using the HDD from the old MB also.
After I started this thread I did some research and learned that I did not apply the thermal compound correctly. So I removed the heatsink and fixed that.
I also learned that Ascendtech had installed the RAM in slot 1 & 3. I moved one stick from 3 to 2.
Now when I start the computer I have to hit F1, then it boots to the desktop. Boots up fast and runs great, and shuts down quick with no problems.
Still don't know why I have to hit F1, but at least it boots to Windows all the way now.
Edited by nerfication, 27 May 2012 - 02:27 PM.