You get the card and the monitor together and you say "Card, this is monitor... Monitor, this is card" and after they shake hands, the card should recognize the monitor.
Serious answer: If you don't even see a bios screen, then you probably plugged the monitor into the wrong port.... OR the video card isn't getting enough power or it's not properly in the slot... calm down, unplug the computer and remove and reseat the card making sure it's in there good, and of course make sure your video card is what you're plugged into and not the on-board video which is probably disabled...
Rereading the OP, it looks like he hasn't actually done anything... so yeah, when you first turn the computer on after everything is hooked up, you should see a bios screen briefly and then it should start booting.
Do people seriously fail this much on this board? Not one has mentioned to install drivers. Geez... TC install your GPU drivers and that should be that then.
Nah, you're just ignorant. You don't need the latest drivers for the gpu to display video. How do you think people use motherboards with no integrated graphics?
I love ignorant irony.
Tc: it appears now that your pc fails to POST while the gpu is in so it could be a few things still. Could be bad slot, try another. Could be bad power, but unlikely if you crosschecked all the requirments and plugged it in correctly, or it could be a bad card. Hard to test without spare parts though but if you absolutely cannot troubleshoot it I would RMA the gpu and try a new one.
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