New build Video problems

Ok I have built a new rig recently and am having a hard time getting my new video card to work. here are my parts :

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL6D-4GBNQ - Retail

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600 Brisbane 2.9GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO5600DOBOX - Retail

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail

XFX GS250XYDFC GeForce GTS 250 512MB Core Edition 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500AAJS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

ECS GF8200A (V1.0) AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

I also have a :
GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

When the first order came in (the ECS board and everything) I hooked everything up with the graphics card installed, turned it on but could not get a display. So I went in to bios (ECS board) and messed with the onboard video settings to make the PCI-Express start first. After doing that it still didn't work.

So I yanked the graphics card out and it booted with display. So now I went back into bios and changed the setting to where it allowed both cards to run but used the onboard display first. It went into windows and even saw the XFX card, installed the drivers and everything. Tried to reboot but got the same results leaving the card as the first to display.

So then I figured it was the MOBO so I bought the Gigabyte MOBO without an onboard graphics card just in case it was the onboard problems from the last MOBO. Well I hooked everything up and still got the same problem. Even broke it down to the bare minimum several times trying out a different power supply. Even though the power supply was only a 400w it should still have got the display to pop up even if it was for a short time.

I also tried it in my friends new dell computer and it displayed just fine. he is running off a 350w power supply and the thing booted up fine. The only noticable difference between our setups is I still use an old VGA monitor with the DVI adapter and he uses a DVI to HDMI adapter for his tv.

I plan on going over there today and plugging my PC into his cables to see if it works but after that I am just totally stumped as to why this is happening. Unless its been my graphics card the whole time.

I know the 1066 memory is not supported by my processor but I was told it would be ok and that it would just run at 800 instead. though I know memory can play a big part in similar problems I am having.

Also both motherboards beep like they should and even load windows. I know because I can hear the sounds played when windows boots. I have tried booting the boards outside of the case no where near any metal but still have the same problems.

Any ideas would be great. I am currently trying to get help from XFX but it takes some time to get replies.
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  1. You should be disabling the onboard graphics, not trying to enable both. One or the other, and remove any drivers from the onboard GPU before swapping.
  2. I did all that already. The only reason I had both of them in there at that specific time was to check and see if the computer is even recognizing the card in the slot... And it was..

    Also there is no way to disable the onboard video card on the ECS board other than the display priority BUT the fact that I also used the card in the Gigabyte MOBO WITH NO ONBOARD CARD (not sure if you read that in my original post or not..) and still got the same problems. Uninstalling drivers does nothing either. The only other option I can even think of is my DVI adapter is no good. Which hopefully I will try to rule out today at my friends house..
  3. You are right, I saw the 790X and somehow stuck a G in there.
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