Here is a sequence of events:
My hard drive recently died and I have been slowly re-installing all of my programs / drivers.
I installed the Realtek sound drivers from Gigabyte's website.
I noticed that my MSI afterburner wasn't letting me change the settings on one of my graphics cards. Normally I OC the core of my 2 6950s to 950mhz with 1250 voltage and 310mhz memory. The system is watercooled.
I thought to myself that I should re-install afterburner, and attempted to do so. I went to 'uninstall or change a program' and click uninstall on afterburner.
Immediately the system shut down.
Upon restart, the computer got to the log-in screen and shut down.
Upon second restart, a stuck red pixel appeared in the center of my monitor (weird) - and has since disappeared.
It allowed Windows to load; after 2 minutes of being on the desktop it shut down again.
Does anyone have any idea how to diagnose this? I really hate to have to load from a 2-day old backup, format again, or do system recovery.