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Alright, so my long awaited Galaxy GTX 570 came in from Newegg today, after about 4 months off living off the mobo chipset. I plugged the card in with the power connectors and such, and wallah- blank screen. Tried with DVI and mini-HDMI- no joy. While having the card still plugged in- i connected to the motherboard, and my screen was there! Usualy if i have a card in, i cannot connect to the motherboard and still have a picture. it will tell me i need to remove the card.

So the question is, why the hell is this card not working? The fan is spinning, and i can feel the card getting warm. I dont know why it is not showing up.

I think i might have a few causes:

I called Galaxy, and they told me my PSU met just the minimums for the card, and therefore it wasnt enought to handle it. (Its an Antec Earth Watt's 650W) Eaither that or it was a %50 chance it was a DOA card.

However, i have a fairly old system (see below) and i dont know if it could handle such a big card.

Regardless, this is pissing me off becuase its a $340 card that doesnt work. Im also getting everywhere that 650 is more than enough for the 570, a i7, and even 4 hard drives all in one system. But its preatty much just the 570 its powering, and apparently thats not working.

Im looking at getting a Corsair TX 850W if it is in fact a PSU problem. I would much rather it be a DOA though.

Thanks for your all's help in advance.

-Matt
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Alright, so my long awaited Galaxy GTX 570 came in from Newegg today, after about 4 months off living off the mobo chipset. I plugged the card in with the power connectors and such, and wallah- blank screen. Tried with DVI and mini-HDMI- no joy. While having the card still plugged in- i connected to the motherboard, and my screen was there! Usualy if i have a card in, i cannot connect to the motherboard and still have a picture. it will tell me i need to remove the card.

So the question is, why the hell is this card not working? The fan is spinning, and i can feel the card getting warm. I dont know why it is not showing up.

I think i might have a few causes:

I called Galaxy, and they told me my PSU met just the minimums for the card, and therefore it wasnt enought to handle it. (Its an Antec Earth Watt's 650W) Eaither that or it was a %50 chance it was a DOA card.

However, i have a fairly old system (see below) and i dont know if it could handle such a big card.

Regardless, this is pissing me off becuase its a $340 card that doesnt work. Im also getting everywhere that 650 is more than enough for the 570, a i7, and even 4 hard drives all in one system. But its preatty much just the 570 its powering, and apparently thats not working.

Im looking at getting a Corsair TX 850W if it is in fact a PSU problem. I would much rather it be a DOA though.

Thanks for your all's help in advance.

-Matt
why would you ever buy a GTX 570 with your sig rig? that card has more ram than your system...
you will be SEVERELY bottlenecked. even my card would bottleneck in your system, nevermind a gtx570....

old mobo and bios might not see the 570. i know my old 939 socket asus mobo wont boot with my 9800gtx+

i suggest you return the card and spend $350 on some new parts.
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upgrade your cpu,mobo, and ram first.
    
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why would you ever buy a GTX 570 with your sig rig?
Yeah i know it sounds preatty dumb. my old GPU fried and i wanted a cheap solution to fix up my system- while having a 570 to last me a long time untill i upgraded the system.

I guess it sounds approprite to just buy a new CPU and Mobo and just use the chipset on the mobo
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You absolutely need a platform change. But, this is relative to what you're playing. Regardless of that, you wasted a significant amount of money on the 570 if you don't plan on upgrading your ram and more importantly your processor and motherboard.

That A64 X2 3800 would likely bottleneck a low end 8*** series card. That's not 3.8 x2, that's likely 1.9 x2, the series name confuses people. It's quite literally an A64 3800+ single core proc with a split core.
Edited by Ascii Aficionado - 5/17/11 at 8:09pm
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Your card is dead, RMA it.
Your PSU is asbolutely fine, 650W is more than enough for any single graphic card solution. So don't even consider upgrading it.
Speaking of upgrading, you really need to upgrade your CPU, RAM and mobo to take advantage of your GTX 570.
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upgrade your cpu,mobo, and ram first.
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Your card is dead, RMA it.
Your PSU is asbolutely fine, 650W is more than enough for any single graphic card solution. So don't even consider upgrading it.
Speaking of upgrading, you really need to upgrade your CPU, RAM and mobo to take advantage of your GTX 570.
Everyone's already said it, but like born2bwild said, the card is dead. I had almost the same exact issue with an XFX 6870 last week (although it worked some of the time). I even tried putting in an HIS 6870 AND the XFX 6870 at the same time and not only did my PSU hold up painlessly but the XFX still failed to achieve any output signal while my HIS played fine.
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