Thanks for the tip, it actually worked one time! Then never again...
I loosened both H80s and fired it up and it worked! Then when I restarted the computer it was back to nothing again. so I know this card works in this machine just a lot of weirdness. I also tried other slots and the "VGA palette" to enabled like I've heard. bummer. I even tried loosening the H80s some more but nothing.