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MSI GTX 460 Hawk Talon Attack Artifacting in BIOS and Windows

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First post on the forums, been a fan of the site for quite some time. Hope I'm posting this in the right place, I apologize if not.

Friend of mine out in Cali built me my first rig, had it sent to me here in Florida. Worked fine when it left Cali but ended up having white line artifacting when I got it set up here. We suspected shipping damage, shipped him back the GPU to test, worked fine. (MSI GTX 460 Hawk Talon Attack) We started replacing everything peice by peice: Motherboard (Asus P8P67 Pro), processor (i-5 2500k), power supply (Rosewill RG630-S12), contined using the previous RAM because I fell short on funds replacing everything else (mushkin 998659B DDR3-12800 6GB) but only using one stick until my Ripjaws arrive.

Long story short, this computer is STILL artifacting even after replacing almost the entire thing. I've tried 3 monitors, 4 different VGA and DVI cables, reinstalling Windows 7 countless times, updating the drivers for the card, updating the mobo's BIOS, and still nothing. If it's worth noting, when I take screencaps from my computer it does not show the artifacting and also I'm getting code 43 error from my device manager with the proper drivers installed.

I'm hoping replacing the RAM does the trick, but from local shops I've called for advice they say since I've tried all 3 sticks seperately and still have the problem it's very unlikely that is it. I even went as far as buying a multimeter to make sure my outlets were producing the proper voltage.

I do realize it's my first post on here, but I don't know where else to turn. I've spent countless hours searching google for a fix, trying different things and it's coming to the point where someone like myself who isn't up to date on problem solving on a self-built computer like this is becoming very exhausting. I figured I'd give the board and shot, and see if I can at least come to some sort of a conclusion as to what is causing this.

Thanks again guys, and any additional info needed from me please let me know so I can post it!
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I'm almost for sure it's a faulty graphics card.
    
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Originally Posted by XxRZxX;14665821 
I'm almost for sure it's a faulty graphics card.

Is there a way for me to be 100% sure without forking over the $$$ for a new card? I understand I'd have to anyway, but just to be sure.

And thanks a bunch for the quick reply, very much appreciated.
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Originally Posted by statusnone;14665890 
Is there a way for me to be 100% sure without forking over the $$$ for a new card? I understand I'd have to anyway, but just to be sure.

And thanks a bunch for the quick reply, very much appreciated.

Because of what the device status said and the artifacts in the BIOS is something a faulty card would do. I had the same problems with a Palit GTX 460.
    
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Originally Posted by XxRZxX;14666005 
Because of what the device status said and the artifacts in the BIOS is something a faulty card would do. I had the same problems with a Palit GTX 460.

I guess I'll have to fork over for another GPU. Don't know whether to stick with MSI or go EVGA for the 460. Also I might as well take it to a local shop and have them test it for the $35 diagnostics charge they have, worth the money to test the card before spending another $200 on the ridiculous amount of money that's gone into a still non-working rig.
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Thanks for the insight so far.

Anyone else have any light to shed on the situation? Definitely could use as much expertise as possible.
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