thanks folks...I'll take a look at the mobo BIOS and what not when I get back to the computer Sunday evening though it looks like MSI hasn't released a new BIOS for my mobo since 2007. I was thinking hardware myself given I wasn't having a problem until I installed the new card...
@evil Q: yup I installed the drivers from the CD included with the card.
my wife bought the card from newegg and its beyond the 30 days on their return policy, but I'm going to call ASUS as I think I should still be able to get warranty service from them.
"You'll find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view."