Hey, thanks for the reply guys.
Originally Posted by TomcatV
I've seen this problem more than once in this thread alone. Even Wicked the "OP" had a similar problem. He originally thought it was his video card, I tried to support otherwise
. He ended up RMA'ing his E7 with NO HASSLES at all, so I don't see why you couldn't do the same?
But here are some things to check ...
1) Confirm PCI_Ex16 is the problem? ... Try the 7970 in the PCI_E 8x (#2 SLI) slot and see if the problem goes away?
2) Check/Swap, DVI (or?) connection and cable (swap cables?) you'd be surprised how many experienced guys overlook this.
2a) Check/Swap, your monitor
3) Try laying your case on it's side, so the card is verticle (no stress), see if problem improves? Can't see your system specs so hopefully you don't have full custom H2o loop
It had taken me about a month to finally come to the conclusion that the PCI-E slot is to blame.
I went through 3 DVI cables that i knew worked, and tried two monitors also haha.
Originally Posted by tootercomputer
Does this happen when you use the integrated video? Is this a brand new video card, have you tried it in other motherboards and does the same thing happen? I would want to rule out any shorts on the card itself.
I just had the weirdest thing happen with my Extreme3 last weekend, when my sound suddenly became extremely garbled, distorted, and I checked EVERYTHING related to audio, changed drivers, you name it, and it turned out to be that the sata cable connection on the mobo to my storage drive was loose. Still makes no sense why that would cause audio problems ( was convinced my mobo was bad, and was ready to RMA). But it underscores that maybe something else is causing this. Anyway, good luck, hope you sort it out. That kind of stuff is frustrating.
I then freaked out because I thought my video card was faulty (Because as you asked, it is only a couple of months old), tried integrated graphics.. computer crashed still when playing games. Checked all my RAM. Had a faulty stick and thought I had fixed the problem by replacing it. until I still got black screens when the PC got moved.
Graphics card is just using the standard cooler, I have tried it in the 8x lane but didn't keep it in there long enough to see if it really had any problems.
I am pretty adamant that it is the PCI-E slot that is causing the problem because having it propped up with a box inside the case has completely stopped all my issues. Not to mention I can see the pins getting very bent in the socket when I let the card sit with no prop.
If someone has successfully RMA'd a mobo that had the same issue then that's pretty good news. I will ring up the dealer this week and see what they can do.