AND a very loud (and annoying) continuous beep.
Can you confirm the beep code for me? For example... 1 long, 2 short, or repeated short beeps, or long continuous beep, etc. etc. The motherboard gives beep codes when their are problems. This will help me tremendously.
Do you have power to the graphics card? Their should be a couple PCI-E connectors plugged into the front of the card from the PSU. Also, without researching too much right now, some boards require that you use the closest PCI-Express slot to the CPU when only using 1 card... are you using that slot?
I finally took out the GPU and plugged in an old (and I mean OLD) graphics card I had laying around and, voila, it booted right up! I left it at that
You seemed to have found the problem yourself. Obviously there is a problem with the new video card. I don't know if it's because you don't have it plugged with power, or the motherboards slot is bad, or what, but the fact that an old card took away the beeping and let the computer POST... confirms something is wrong in that area.
Should I just go ahead with the installations and then try to reinstall the GPU as if it were an upgrade?
It won't hurt anything to install Windows with an old video card. When the time comes to add the better or new card, it will just boot with low graphics until you install the driver for the new card in windows. You obviously won't be able to play games, but you can surf the web, mess with Windows, check emails, get a feel for her, etc. etc.
Let me know that beep code, and if you have dedicated power to the 5870. Also, if you have another PCI-Express card (doesn't matter how fancy) to throw in the same slot you were using for the 5870, that would help. Keep in touch.
Edited by Ferrari, 29 March 2010 - 10:10 PM.