Just in case any other poor soul has this issue... I am going to post the solution for mine. Maybe then you wont have to spend 4 weeks and $700 trying to figure it out.
The processor was faulty in slot one. I pulled the processor in slot 2.... same issue, so I swapped the CPU I pulled with the one in slot one... the video then displayed.
So if this issue ever happens to you, try putting a new CPU in slot one, even if you have to pull it from slot 2