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I have also seen weird gfx issues when I first got my 8800GT almost 2 years ago. It looked like the pixels would fade and change colour even though nothing was loading and I was looking at my static desktop. Even when completely covering my desktop with a black background and hiding all icons, I would still see the odd pink or blue pixel. :S

I thought it was my screen initially, but later discovered my gfx drivers were outdated. After installing the updated drivers, all was well. :)

I would start there. It's quicker and cheaper than troubleshooting hardware. Once it's been confirmed that software is not the issue, move on to the PSU as that's easy to swop out for another one.

Leave the onboard screencard on the MB for last as that's the most expensive if you break it.