New Computer

I bought a new computer. The parts came in Monday, but it’s not working yet. Whenever I install the video drivers and reboot, Windows hangs while loading. I have to use Last Known Good Configuration to get it to boot again. I’ve tried a bunch of different drivers, and none works. I think the video card could be bad. Sometimes when I boot, I don’t get any video output. I have to unplug the power from the video card and reseat it. Nine times out of ten that doesn’t fix it though. At this point I can’t tell if it really does fix it the other time or if it’s just me trying repeatedly. I get beep codes on boot too but haven’t looked into them too much.
I was also wondering if it was an issue with everything being 64-bit. Despite everything supposedly being compatible, I know 64-bit is relatively new. On top of that, Vista 64-bit is more supported than XP 64-bit. The drivers are for XP x64, but I thought I’d try XP 32-bit or Vista 64-bit.
My only XP CD was old and bad so I asked Collin to burn my legitimate XP Pro with SP2. He said it asked him if he wanted to correct the size of the burn because the disc size was unequal to the image size. He apparently said no to this. The disc didn’t work. It couldn’t find a file on the disc. I burned the same image on gem’s computer and got the same error when I attempted to use it, but the burn also failed verification. Some people on forums had the same error because their discs or drives were dirty, but my drive is brand new and seems to work otherwise (it installed XP x64) and the discs look good.
Next I downloaded Vista Business 64-bit and burned it. It didn’t pass verification either and won’t work at all. No computer can even recognize it.
Eventually, I’ll get another OS on there with which to test the card. If it works, then I know it’s a software issue. If it doesn’t work, it’s most likely a hardware issue and I’ll try the card in another computer. My hardware is after the break.
MSI P45 Neo-F motherboard for LGA 775 Quad-core / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo / Pentium CPUs. FSB 1600/1333 MHz. Intel P45 north bridge and Intel ICH10 south bridge. 4x240pin DDR2 1066 slots (max 16 GB). 1 PCI Express 2.0×16 slot, 2 PCI Express x1 slots, 3 PCI slots. 6 3 Gb/s SATA connections. 8 channel Realtek ALC888 audio. Gigabit LAN. 2 PS/2, 1 COM, 1 LPT, 4 USB 2 rear ports. 4 onboard USB.
Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale CPU Dual-Core at 2.53 GHz and 1066 MHz FSM. 3 MB L2 cache, 64 bit support.
4 GB (2x2GB sticks) OCZ Platinum 240pin DDR2 1066 memory. 5-5-5-18 timing.
PNY GeForce 8800 GT at 600 MHz. PCI Express 2.0×16. 512 MB of video memory at 1800 MHz. DirectX 10 compatible. 2 DVI ports and s-video out. Max res 2560×1600.
750 GB Samsung SATA 3.0 GB/s HDD (7200 rpm)
550 watt Antec power supply
Rosewill 802.11b/g wifi card.
Windows XP Professional x64 installed.