I think I made an amateur's mistake. After building the machine here:
I used the "cheaters method" explained in the link ("- Cheat -> Heatsink -> 'Meat' -> CEK Spring ->
Nuts that fit the screws") but did NOT use the kit or backplate mentioned. As a result, the CEK springs touch the chassis of the case. Then I plugged in power to the power supply. I suspect I shorted something out because initially the CPU fans would turn (no POST beep though) but now the motherboard won't power on. The power supply did smell a little funny but not like smoke. I need to get the server running. Any thoughts on how to proceed?