upgrading graphics card

you'll have to bare with me with me because i am very bad at explain things,

so i have just built my first PC but i have been having problems with the graphic card side of things. i was getting the BSOD nearly anytime the card was under any kind of pressure, so i sent the card back to who i bought it off, they tested it and was getting the same problem, refunded me, bought a new card (excited to finally use this new rig).

received the card, installed the card and it worked for a small amount before BSOD again flicking in and out of the boot screen, the pc was running but there was no power to mouse, keyboard or monitor but the lights are still flashing on the LAN slot.

I do not have anything else to test the card on to see if its the card again but i do have a really really old card which i have tried to use and im not sure if its using the onboard graphics or the cards (how do i tell) and my worst nightmare would be the motherboard seeing as it was hard enough me building it in the first place straight out of the packaging. The PC works fine from the on board graphics but obviously what a new build without a new graphics card. Not being 100% uptight with all this PC lingo and building ect makes this so much harder and after spending x amount and it just sitting there collecting dust it feels like a waste. any help at all will be highly appreciated
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  1. What gpu is it and what psu?
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  2. Please post your full system specs.
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  3. psu - corsair vs550 vs series
    and the card i tried using first was
    XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E
    and the second card
    XFX Radeon RX 550 4GB GDDR5
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  4. full spec windows 10 64 bit
    AMD FX-8350 4GHz Socket AM3+ 8MB

    Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Socket AM3+ VGA DVI HDMI 7.1 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard

    HyperX Fury Black 8GB (4GB x2) DDR4 2133MHz CL 14 Memory

    Corsair VS Series 550 Watt VS550

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 4 Heatpipes/1x120mm Fan CPU Air Cooler
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  5. Why are you using DDR4 on a DDR3 system? This is most likely your issue
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  6. A
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  7. Sorry, I originally got DDR4 but then swooped then for a set of DDR3. It's the same sticks but DDR3
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  8. the PCI-E slot is not the problem because i have a older Gpu that works and displays in device manager. so it just seems to be with more recent Gpu's i have a problem with...
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  9. xSimply1337x said:
    Why are you using DDR4 on a DDR3 system? This is most likely your issue
    Sorry, I originally got DDR4 but then swooped then for a set of DDR3. It's the same sticks but DDR3
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  10. If another gpu works fine it could be a faulty card.
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  11. xSimply1337x said:
    If another gpu works fine it could be a faulty card.


    whats the likely hood of getting 2 faulty cards from the same place?
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  12. ashleyzampella96 said:
    xSimply1337x said:
    If another gpu works fine it could be a faulty card.


    whats the likely hood of getting 2 faulty cards from the same place?


    It's possible that they received it, did some stuff to it and sent it back and you just got the same card.

    But in all honesty, with the problem being solely related to your GPU being under load it's gotta be one of four things.
    #1 - The GPU is bad
    #2 - It's the power supply
    #3 - It's your motherboard.
    #4 - Any combination of the three
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  13. xSimply1337x said:
    ashleyzampella96 said:
    xSimply1337x said:
    If another gpu works fine it could be a faulty card.


    whats the likely hood of getting 2 faulty cards from the same place?


    It's possible that they received it, did some stuff to it and sent it back and you just got the same card.

    But in all honesty, with the problem being solely related to your GPU being under load it's gotta be one of four things.
    #1 - The GPU is bad
    #2 - It's the power supply
    #3 - It's your motherboard.
    #4 - Any combination of the three


    1 - sent the GPU back and it was faulty, waiting for refund and buy another GPU. Any suggestions?
    2 - How can i test/tell if its the power supply?
    3 - Another old GPU works fine in the motherboard so i don't think it that?
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  14. If another gpu works without issue then its not the PSU or the mobo. However, it depends on how old/low level this GPU is which determines its power requirements. In a weird case scenario it could be working without issue simply because its not pulling enough juice from PSU and mobo to cause the problem to occur. However this is highly unlikely and it was just the card. Getting yoir money back and getting anither card will cause you to not have to worry about possibly getting the same card back when you RMA like I previously mentioned.
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