BIOS update for the motherboard which involved better compatibility with memory
We swapped his 125w 8 core CPU with a 95w 4 core CPU since his motherboard wasn't rated for 125w CPUs, even though the website lists 125w CPUs as compatible which might be false advertising but I'm not a lawyer.
My guess is the BIOS update fixed it and the CPU swap will just make his motherboard live longer this time.
Gotta say, I'm a little disappointed in how much you guys tried to help. Did I just give too much info and people were overwhelmed? Cause I was reading the "Read before asking for help" sticky which made me feel like I should be as detailed as possible.