the nvidia proprietary drivers don't work on @elementary 6.0 because it's based on the 20.04.3 HWE stack which canonical doesn't officially release for another week or so
(at least I think that is the reason)
my computer is struggling with nouveau
copied form my github comment:
I will note that part of this debugging process initially involved me running sudo prime-select nvidia and sudo nvidia-xconfig to no avail before I realized the kernel version issue, so it's possible that those commands also helped lead me to this current working state.
I just recreated oops