My video goes black right after startup, and sometimes during gameplay.

Right after I start windows the computer goes to black screen, and it does it sometimes while I'm playing a game, it doesn't matter which game. It happens quite randomly.

This happened a few times right after I built the system and It ran quite smoothly for a while. That was back in October when I built the computer. It had mostly worked itself out until the end of February. It started back up. This time a little more frequent, and only while I was playing games. That continued with increasing frecency until last week when it started happing right a boot.

I don't remember much about the few times it did it back in October. Whenever it crashes during gameplay, windows pops up and tells me that the driver stopped working, and the card gets stuck running at 100% utilization. The only way to correct this. Last week when it started failing on boot, it would not get stuck at 100% utilization, but would just crash the driver.
The computer runs fine with no driver installed and in safe mode.

my specs are:
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K
Motherboard (model number): ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB 2x8GB DDR3 2400MHz
CPU cooler I have a liquid cooler, but I don't remember what brand it is.
Video Card (model number): ASUS R9290X-DC2OC
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 - 1000W
Hard drive(s): Seagate Desktop 3 TB HDD
Seagate Desktop 1 TB HDD
840 EVO 500 GB
Operating System: Windows 7 64 bit
Case: CM Storm Stryker

I have tried:
1. Removing and installing the latest driver from AMD
2. Removing and installing the latest beta driver from AMD
3. Removing and installing the latest driver from ASUS
4. Putting the card in a different slot.
5. Using the integrated GPU on the CPU. (This resulted in black screen on wake from sleep.)
6. I have Ubuntu installed on the 1 TB and it loads just fine. with no crashing and stuff.

I have a feeling it's the motherboard, but any help you could give would be very useful.
Thanks for you time.
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  1. try updating the bios..may be a bios bug between the gpu and on board. in the bios make sure ram set to xmp profile and primany display set to peg/pci and muilt monitor is turned off. in the bios check the 12v line voltage se if it withing atx spec. use a 3 party program to log the power supply voltages see if there holding or the unit is dropping below atx spec.
  2. I knew there was something that I forgot, I did update the bios a swell, and it didn't help. I have the xmp profile selected. I'll check the voltage and report back.
  3. smorizio said:
    try updating the bios..may be a bios bug between the gpu and on board. in the bios make sure ram set to xmp profile and primany display set to peg/pci and muilt monitor is turned off. in the bios check the 12v line voltage se if it withing atx spec. use a 3 party program to log the power supply voltages see if there holding or the unit is dropping below atx spec.


    I can't find where in the bios to set the graphs settings.

    The violate is in spec, and holding.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/7ar49m9qmfmb7g3/Screenshot_1.png?dl=0
  4. go into the bios...hit advance mode..then it under monitor.
    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/cZlE-g2Ecv8/maxresdefault.jpg
  5. I did that, still no change. I did discover one thing, it's likely to black screen right after startup if I start up a game.
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