Asus P9X79 Fails With EVGA GTX570HD

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I'm new to building, but have tinkered around for years. This is my first build, and I'm afraid it's not going so well at the moment.

Based on some advice I found online, I purchased equipment that I know is compatible, but when I turned it on, it cannot complete its boot. Here are my specs:

Asus P9X79 Pro (LGA 2011 / Intel X79)
Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge
16 gb G.SKILL Ripjaw Z Series (4x4gb) 240-pin DDR3
EVGA 025-PE-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 256MB
1x Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200 RPM
2x Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM
1x Crutial M4 128GB SATA III
Corsair TX850 V 850W PSU
Corsair H60 CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Storm Trooper Case

The problem (at the moment) appears to be between my motherboard and my video card. When booting up, I get a long beep, followed by three short beeps, which indicates no VGA. This also corresponds to the "VGA_LED" light that comes on.

I have moved the video card into different slots, flash updated the BIOS, and tried two different monitors (just because I could)... but everything comes back the same, "no VGA." I even tested the motherboard's battery power, but it came back as full.

At this point, I'm stumped and have filled out the RMA info through EVGA. But before I ship it away, I thought I'd ask for help. Any suggestions, or am I going about this correctly?

Thanks!
 

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Now that is an interesting question, and one that I was pondering at the moment, as I was about to pack up the card.

I used the two PCI-E connectors that were directly attacked to my PSU. However, in the box from EVGA are two power cables, each with a white 3-pin Molex (m) (in the 4 pin adapter) to a 6 pin (f) PCE-I style connector. Is it possible that the PCE-I connectors from my PSU deliver the wrong amount of power? When plugged in, the fan spins... so I assumed everything was working.

Maybe I should give it a try, just to see. Hmm.

What do you think, ulysses? And thanks for the quick reply!
 

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SOLVED:

I got a suggestion of switching video cards from a friend of mine. While the idea of putting my new card into my old computer seemed like a non-starter, putting the old video card into the new computer could not have been easier! Plus, I didn't have to change any settings on my old computer, so there was little risk involved.

I put the old card in the new computer, booted it up, and watched as the mobo led lights cycled. I gave a full Homer Simpson, "Wa-hoo!" when the "VGA" light went off, confirming it was an issue with new the video card.

RMA-ed and sent back. Hopefully the next card will work!

Thanks!
 

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