|QUOTE (aragond @ Saturday, Dec 8 2012, 05:50)|
| I said a few words about their "pre-testing" charade, gave them my computer and they tested the sh!t out of everything they could possibly find: the disks, the mobo, ran it hot for hours, updated some drivers, tweaked some settings, ran some more tests.|
Sounds like the store you bought it from is pulling one over on you and not actually testing it.
You just need to start rigorously trouble shooting it.
-Check to make sure the power connections to the gpu are solid. You have a modular psu, so try plugging the cable into a different slot and also try a different cable.
-Try moving the gpu to a different PCI-E slot.
-Have you flashed the mobo to the latest BIOS? Check to see what version it is and if there is a newer version.
As for the SSD, there's good reason to believe it is the culprit. I have the lower end OCZ Agility 2 from that same generation and it gave me a bunch of problems at first until I updated the firmware. It's been rock solid for nearly 2 years now. Check to see what version it is and when it was released. If it's old, then you'll know the store you bought it from didn't try very hard to sort out the problem. You'll need to unplug the SSD and hook it up to another computer to update the firmware.
If you don't feel comfortable doing any of those things, then find a reputable PC diagnostics business in your area.