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Computer Won't Power On

I've been having a number of issues getting my computer to power on.  

The short version is that when I go to power it on, the fans/lights kick on for about 2-5 seconds, and then it powers down and restarts the process again.  It will loop like this endlessly unless manually powered down during the breif window when it has power.  At no time during this does the monitor react at all (no bios, nothing, it's like the comp is off)

There are a great deal more details though.  I have had this issue previously, and replaced my psu at that time to correct it.  Interestingly, there was a noticable preformance boost after replacing the psu, and it seemed to work fine for about 2 more months.  Gradually though, the problem has returned.  A few weeks ago, when restarting the computer it started doing that same 'loop' again, but after a few tries it came on and seemed to work normally.  After restarting it today though, it won't get past it.

Additionally, and possibly related, I've had microphone issues in the past with this system, before the first time this restarting issue has occured.  A loud buzz when speaking into the microphone, which would go away if the case was touched.  I believed this to be a grounding issue, and checked everything I could think to for connection issues, as well as different power outlets, ect.  This problem seemed to clear itself up a few weeks before I first had the problems with the restarting.

I'm including specs, however I've seen this same identical issue mentioned online at several different sites with people who have a wide range of hardware.

CPU = Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz
RAM = CORSAIR Dominator 2GB
MoBo= GIGABYTE GA-X38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX
PSU = OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V   (Original)
PSU = Ultra LSP 650 Pro 650W ATX (Current)

I'm pretty much down to replacing the motherboard, which isn't a simple option to take when you're a broke college kid.  And I absolutly need the system working for school.  Any advice that could be offered would be appreciated.

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Sounds like the cpu is overheating either from bad paste or bad cooling.

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