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Need help figuring out the problem! Black Screen on both monitors!

I had a problem come up with my Graphics card and or motherboard last Tuesday.. All I was doing was watching a video on YouTube and a Stream on my other Monitor when suddenly both screens go black and my fans on my GPU starts going at 100% I tried to turn it off and on etc to see if it would fix itself it didn't.. Everytime I turned it on it would just be a black screen and the fans would go 100% straight away (I could hear the sounds of windows etc fine) I asked a few friends what the problem could be etc they said its a dead card... I tried a different PCIe slot with no success same thing happens again when I turn it on. Note my PC will not notice my 770 at all now!

At this point I'm using the on board graphics just to use the PC etc.. My friend came around with a graphics card (Super old card I mean really old the fan didnt even work on it) we tried that and again nothing happened this is where we started to get confused.. He told me it could just be that both pcie slots have gone somehow and has taken the Graphics card with it as he was confident that his card would work even though he hasn't used it for a while! He basically said its both Graphics card and motherboard that needs replacing!

He took my card to his place to test it on his PC and it was dead on his system as well which is fine to me the complicated part for me to understand is how can both pcie slots on my motherboard suddenly stop working but everything else on the motherboard is fine...

I've now Ordered a brand new Motherboard and a new GTX 1060 6GB to hopefully fix these problems.

My questions are as a person who knows very little about PC and just likes to game on them..

1.) Could the motherboard be fine and he brought a dead card as well it looked so old! as I dont understand how only the PCIe slots have gone on it and not the CPU slot, ram etc haven't gone I'm still able to use the PC with the on board graphics.

2.) My Graphics card comes today (Saturday) and my Motherboard will come Monday.. It is safe to try my new card in this motherboard to make sure its the motherboard as well? I'm super scared that putting in a new £250 (I know its cheap compared to a lot of other cards but I don't get a lot of money.. Hard times and all) and it will break it or something stupid etc.. So it is safe to at least try or wait for the motherboard to come on Monday?

3.) What could have caused it I'm so confused still how it happened I understand if its only my graphics card that went becasue it is quite old its a 770.. But again I have no idea how only part of my motherboard could be broken..

Any help is greatly appreciated!

My Specs:

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 WindForce 3x OC 2048MB GDDR5

Samsung 120GB SSD 840 EVO SATA 6Gb/s Basic -

(MZ-7TE120BW)

Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache - OEM

(ST1000DM003) HDD

TeamGroup Vulcan GOLD 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-17100C11

2133MHz Dual Channel Kit (TLYD38G2133HC11ADC01)

Intel Core i5-4670K 3.40GHz (Haswell) Socket LGA1150 Processor -

Alpenföhn Brocken CPU Cooler

Gigabyte Z87-D3HP Intel Z87 (Socket 1150) DDR3 ATX


The new Graphics card and board (I hope there okay I asked my friends to help who are better with PC's then me)

Motherboard: https://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-h81m-p33-intel-h81-s-1150-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-pcie-20-(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-micro-atx

Graphics Card: https://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-geforce-gtx-1060-dual-6gb-gddr5-vr-ready-graphics-card-1280-core-1506mhz-gpu-1708mhz-boost
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  1. I would definitely try your new GPU in the old motherboard when it comes, no harm can be done, but unfortunately it does sound like the motherboard has some sort of role in these issues, you're friend has given you good advice in telling you to replace both !
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    bishopi5 said:
    I would definitely try your new GPU in the old motherboard when it comes, no harm can be done, but unfortunately it does sound like the motherboard has some sort of role in these issues, you're friend has given you good advice in telling you to replace both !


    I just got my 1060 and put it into my PC and it actually worked. Super happy as I didn't want to take my motherboard out etc as its just a stressful process! I guess the card my friend bought with him was also dead? Plus I guess my 770 was just old and just died i guess? it was 3 years old
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