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Just the weirdest, most inexplicable sht I've ever dealt with in a rig. [PC, blackscreening, semi-random]

Hi all.
I'm utterly, utterly baffled. Stumped. Bemused. Befuddled. Bamboozled. I cannot explain this. At all.
I crash on my desktop, often (but not always) while opening Chrome. Crash can be 1m after boot, or 4 hours after boot. Machine blackscreens, stops responding, doesn't send anything to the monitor or respond to scroll lock or capslock.
Fairly standard - but I do NOT crash if there's a game running. Literally can run GW2 for as long as I need to, or warframe, or Titanfall, and it's solid as a rock.
I've arranged an RMA for my GPU as it's the most recent addition to the sytem (25 Feb 2014) and it was blackscreening on wake (but with a responsive PC/keyboard and the media server was still up), but I'm stumped. I've never seen anything like this.
What causes a rig to blackscreen when browsing or opening explorer, but doesn't have ANY problems when it's running high end games at max rez?
2500k @ 4.5GHz
R9 290 4GB Factory OC
700W Seasoninc PSU
1 SSD (OS + Games)
2 HDD (Stuff)
Midrange Gigabyte mobo, nothign special
8GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz
Win 8 64 Bit
etc etc.
EDIT: Memtest results are in. No problems found. Ran for 8 hours, zero errors.
http://imgur.com/wDBxVES
Ran MS Defender, no viruses found.
Instaleld Avast, turned off MS Defender, full scan, no viruses found.
Ran MWAB:
Files Detected: 11 D:\Media\Downloads\cgminer-3.8.5-windows.7z (PUP.Optional.Cgminer) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully. D:\Media\Downloads\DuplicateCleaner_setup (1).exe (PUP.Optional.OpenCandy) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully. D:\Media\Downloads\DuplicateCleaner_setup.exe (PUP.Optional.OpenCandy) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully. D:\Media\Downloads\FileBot-setup.exe (PUP.Optional.OpenCandy) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully. D:\Media\Downloads\guiminer-scrypt_win32_binaries_v0.03.zip (PUP.BitCoinMiner) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully. D:\Media\Downloads\pooler-cpuminer-2.3.2-win64.zip (Riskware.BitcoinMiner) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully. D:\Media\Downloads\cgminer-3.8.5-windows\cgminer.exe (PUP.Optional.Cgminer) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully. D:\Media\Downloads\cpuminer\minerd.exe (Riskware.BitcoinMiner) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully. D:\Media\Downloads\LTC_minerz\poclbm.exe (Trojan.BtcMiner.TS) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully. D:\Media\Downloads\LTC_minerz\cgminer\cgminer.exe (PUP.BitCoinMiner) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully. D:\Media\Downloads\LTC_minerz\stratumproxy\mining_proxy.exe (PUP.Proxy.BCM) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
Nuked 'em.
Wonder if I have (or hopefully had) a malware issue. GW2 is running in the background and it's still not crashed...
Ideas anyone? Am thinking about ordering a new CPU/Mobo and seeing if that fixes it - next on the list (after another crash) is going to be a W8 re-install.
OS re-installed and BIOS updated, still crashes. Definitely hardware. Definitely not RAM, definitely not storage (SSD or HDD). Crashes still independent of load - but most common when clicking on something (Firefox, Chrome or Evernote for example).
So the candicate list as far as I can work out is:
CPU (moderately likely, though stressing with linpack or OCCT or prime does not cause crashes, and it's happy while playing GW2) mobo (happy while gaming, unhappy when asked to execute a crappy little prgraom like Chrome. Weird? gotta be unlikely) PSU - Feeling like this is a likely candidate. GPU - but doesn't crash when rendering ~100 players at max res in GW2.
Soooooo.... can anyone think of a thing to test next?
Final edit: running on the onboard GPU on mah telly. Flawless, no crashes at all. I think it's the GPU, the 2D processing chip or whatever must've been borked.
Recap: new GPU, no crashes. All is now good!
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