One wierd thing is that the video card fan and processor fans appeared to be spinning at a normal rate. I'm not sure why that is, but the case fans were for sure being starved of power. Also the power supply fans were spinning. Not sure about their rate but they were spinning, at least the power supply exhaust fan at the rear of the case was spinning.
How can I check what amps the power supply is putting out? Did those voltages seem to be within the spec range?
PS I was totally suprised to see that the Compaq had a PCI-E slot...nobody else I know has PCI-E (well, one of my other friend's comes to mind....but I his HP has a warranty that I believe would be become void if the case was opened, so that was out of the question)