Thank you for the reply.
I don't think so, I uninstalled nouveau, and created a new initrd with no nouveau drivers, and for good measure I added nouveau to the /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist . Nouveau was segfaulting like crazy and causing random elements all over my screen when it did work + random lock ups. I will double check any cpu spikes and look into the tty1/vt1 just in case though.
Take it easy.