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I'm building a rig for the 1st time and am using the Gigabyte x79-up4 mobo in conjunction with Gigabyte GTX 660 video card and an i7 3820 processor. The splash screen for the bios appears, but then I can't enter the bios. After a bit of time, a black screen appears with random characters on a few lines containing the letters m, e and i. I swapped out the 660 with an old video card from 2004 and was able to enter the bios successfully and saw that my cpu was being seen correctly. I thought that it could be an issue with my Season M12II 620w Bronze PSU not being able to power the card, so I just tried a Thermaltake 850 with 72A continuous on a single rail today (the 620 psu used dual rails of 24A and the GTX 660 has minimum specs of 430w psu with 24A) and still got the same issue. Therefore, I'm certain it's not the PSU.

So, I updated the mobo drivers from F2 to a beta F3 and still have the same issue. So, NOW I'm thinking it's a either A) a bad video card and needs to be RMA'ed or B) there is some type of compatibility issues with a the GIGABYTE x79-up4 mobo and GIGABYTE GTX 660 (I would think this is unlikely). I hope to be able to test the video card in another machine on Tuesday... but was curious to what info anyone else could share
before then. I should note that there is currently no OS installed on the SSD drive and the 3 mechanical drives are not even connected.

I apologize, in advance, if this entire site is not the place to have such a thread as it's not really an overclocking question at this time (although it is an "overclocked" card. ;-) Any help that anyone could provide would be appreciated. Thanks for your time.

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Welcome to OCN.
Firstly, I cant get the beta f3 bios to run stable, so I use the F2 bios on my x79 UP4. And don't worry about questions about things that don't work, that's what 60% of the threads here are about.

Check that the power connectors are plugged into the GPU, then chack around the card to see if anything is touching it to short out the components.
Then check the card in all four of the PCIe slots. This will eliminate the possibility of one of the slots being broken.
Also, try clearing the CMOS. Right above the front panel jumpers should be a jumper with the word "CMOS", connect the two with a screwdriver while the PC is on.

Good luck!
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if you have the patience on page 48 in your manual:

Init Display First
Specifies the first initiation of the monitor display from the installed PCI graphics card or the PCI Express
graphics card.
PCIe Slot 1 Sets the graphics card on the PCIEX16_1 slot as the first display. (Default)
PCIe Slot 2 Sets the graphics card on the PCIEX8_1 slot as the first display.
PCIe Slot 3 Sets the graphics card on the PCIEX16_2 slot as the first display.
PCIe Slot 4 Sets the graphics card on the PCIEX8_2 slot as the first display.
PCI Sets the graphics card on the PCI slot as the first display

put the older card in PCIEX16_1 and the 660 in 16_2 then set the 16_2 as the primary. hook up the monitor to that, unless you have two, reboot and see if you get it. if you don't but the BIOS is still displayed on 16_1 (swapping the cable back, i would suspect the card is flonky. if you get the card going on 16_2 there might be some flonkiness with 16_1 and the card . .
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Hey guys,

Thanks for the replies and sorry for the delays. Gigabyte's customer service was able to help me out. Turns out that I needed to change the PCI ROM Priority from EFI to Legacy mode while connected to an older video card. Once that was done, I then installed the 660 and it worked!

I appreciate your assistance.
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