ok verify that the surge protector is still good. also check the outlet it is plugged into, try plugging into a different wall outlet, if you still have a problem it still could be a bad PSU you should test it they can be bad from the factory, if every thing checks out then it just might be a bad mobo
done and done, i plugged the surge protectior into another outlet, then just the computer into another outlet. both are OK. PSU is ok because i tested with 2 different ones, Factory default and a codegen 530W. i recon its the mobo. still doesnt quite explain not detecting PCI-E problem even though its obviously the motherboard. in about 10 mins il replace the mobo and check back.