Just bought a 980, now all I get is a black screen no matter what GPU I use


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Just bought a 980, now all I get is a black screen no matter what GPU I use.
Here are my specs:

Operating System
Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
Intel Core i7 4770K @ 3.50GHz 25 °C
Haswell 22nm Technology
16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 800MHz (9-9-9-24)
MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING (MS-7845) (SOCKET 0) 30 °C
L204WT (1680x1050@64Hz)
Intel HD Graphics 4600 (MSI)
465GB Samsung SSD 840 EVO 500GB (SSD) 28 °C
119GB SanDisk SDSSDHP128G (SSD) 28 °C
1863GB Seagate ST2000DL003-9VT166 (SATA) 28 °C
1863GB TOSHIBA DT01ACA200 (SATA) 30 °C
Optical Drives
Sound Blaster Z

I had an EVGA 780TI working great. My 980 arrived so I swapped. All I got was a black screen. After taking the card out and putting it back in a few times nothing changed. Giving up I put my 780ti back in and now that just gives me a black screen too.

Any ideas?

Edit: My mobo gives the code A0 which is normal so I don't think it detected anything was wrong.


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If your not getting an error code its probably booting up normally. It maybe defaulting to the integrated card for some reason so I would try plugging onto the on board video when booting to see what happens.

If that is the case you will just have to go into the bios and change your default video card to the PCIE.


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Try reseating the 4 pin CPU plug and the main power cable to the motherboard. If you have a modular power supply then reseat the corresponding cables on that as well.

if the computer turns on but doesn't post(listen for the beep) then it is mostly likely a CPU problem. Since you were playing around in the case I guess you knocked a power cable loose. On my mobo just about everytime I open up the case I have to reseat that effing CPU cable. I have an msi motherboard for my 3770k so it wouldn't surprise me at all if you are having the same problem I was.