troubleshooting Question

How to tell what hardware component is broken?

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Hi,

I formerly had a box with:
1.  ASUS P5K SE 2 motherboard.
2.  4G of OZC PC2 8500 memory.
3.  Intel Q9500.
4   1 NIC card + 1 NIC on MB.
5.  Nvidia GeForce 9500GT video card.
6.  Plus 5 Seagate 7200.11 HDDs of various sizes.

When I turn the computer on, I get a blank screen as if the box were still turned off.  No boot message or beeps.  

Last night I was able to install ASUS Express Gate and had web access until this morning.  See below regarding issues with the "C:\" drive (related???).

I put a new HDD in SATA1 an booted again with same results.

Question: With no boot messages is it safe to conclude the mother board is broken or should I test each component (memory, CPU, graphics card) in another computer before I replace the MB?  

Thanks much.

HDD issues:

 I have had very serious KERNEL_STACK_INPAGE_ERROR problems the last 10 days.  I removed the "C:\" drive and put it on a VISTA box and I can see all the files on it.  I ran S.M.A.R.T test on the drive and it came back with too many errors.  I downloaded SeaTools and the generic short test came back with immanent drive failure.  I also moved the page file from the "C" drive to another drive.  
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