After some more searching, I have found one last alternative that may be the cause of the problem. Someone mentioned my psu, and a member was having similar problems only to find out that his part of his psu was bad. How exactly do I check this? Is there a test I can run? I have the corsair 750, so it should be enough to power my machine, if it is working properly. The tech I have spoken with still thinks it's my monitor, but I really don't think so since my other computer works fine on the same screen. Going to give this one last shot, then it's goodbye troublesome new computer, and hello old slow faithful.