Originally Posted by EvoBeardy
Hang on a minute mate, you've got two PCI-E on the card, and are using only one of them?
My power supply has two pci-e cable ports each with two 6+2 pin attachments on the end. So when I say 1 cable that is 2x 6+2, both of the power connectors are occupied (it's like a 'Y' cable from the power supply for each). Sorry for over complicating that, the power cables are all there and the card is indeed correctly installed.
As far as disabling the integrated in the bios, i'm not sure it will make much difference. The two known good cards I tested didn't need that. In fact, i'm running off of my integrated right now but the BIOS is currently set to "pci-e" with that slot probably active and standing by. Once again, the other cards fired right up. If it were a heatsink/thermal paste issue the card would still at least boot to windows and then give me some kind of heat warning later on, so i'm ruling that one out. Another important note; after my machine fails to boot with the 9800gtx installed, I have to completely disassemble my system and put it back together for my power supply to function again. It was extremely scary finding out this little quirk the first time as I figured the card had shot my whole machine. Keep in mind, I haven't even gotten to finish this thing yet and fire it up with a good graphics card in it. So frustrating!!!
I'm assuming at this point I need to consider a new card. Sure would be nice to actually get to use my nice new rig to its potential after a month of having it...
Thanks again for the ideas, any other last chance tactics would be greatly appreciated.