I have an Ivy Bridge based machine (Z77 Gigabyte board / Core i3-3225 CPU). The rig was running fine & dandy on the Intel 4400 integrated graphics. Today I installed an EVGA 750 ti video card. Now the machine has a protracted boot into Windows. I sits on the BIOS screen over a minute. Access to the BIOS itself is unavailable during this period. After the machine eventually boots, (which may or may not be helped by me hammering on the "delete" key), the system appears to be working fine. Here's what I've done to troubleshoot the issue thus far. Swapped out the SSD, ( installed recently), with the original HDD (600GB WB "Velocirqptor") The OS (Windows 7), was migrated onto the SSD, thus both "copies" of Windows show as being activated. This produced no improvement. The DVD drive had an issue with the tray cycling mechanism. Thinking this could possibly be interfering with its detection at boot, I replaced it. Again, no improvement. I disabled the on board graphics, and on the WD HDD, I also uninstalled the Intel graphics drivers. Again, no improvement. When I yank the video card, the machine boots normally. There is little to no static in my house now, and I wore a wrist strap when installing the card. So I doubt very much if the card was damaged from ESD. Before I forget, I also attached a PS-2 keyboard to the machine, to rule out USB 3.0 drivers for input not being available at POST. As fate would have it, this video card came with a rebate, so I had to send the SKU barcode panel to claim it. No matter, I suppose, wer're at the 30 return limit as of today. Anybody have any ideas as to what's up with this thing?