Graphics card keeps crashing upon loading Desktop

Hello all. Forgive me if this isn't the correct place to post this since I'm new here, but I've been having an issue with my computer since day one.

My graphics card keeps crashing every time I turn off my computer. When I go to turn it back on and log in, it crashes a few seconds after loading up my desktop, and not before. The screen will suddenly go black and it just sits like that until I restart it. If I can get past this point it runs like a champ and I have no problems at all. I'm unsure what the problem is and I don't believe it has anything to do with the drivers. Every time this happens I have to uninstall the card using the device manager and re-install everything. I mean, it could be drivers, but I'm wondering if it's the card itself, or if it's another hardware issue. I'd like the problem resolved! I'm currently going to school for IT so I have some idea what I'm doing but I'm still learning. I even took my desktop into the school and none of my instructors could figure out what was wrong with it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Here are my specs:

Windows 7 Professional x64
AMD Phenom II X4 975 (CPU)
8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 669MHz (RAM)
ASUSTeK Computer INC. M5A78L-M LX PLUS (AM3R2) (Motherboard)
AMD Radeon HD 6700 Series (GPU)
Corsair CX600 (PSU)

Anything else I'd be more than willing to supply.
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  1. That is an odd speed for ram.
    are you overclocking?
    Do you have mixed memory brands or models?
    First thing I would try is Memtest 86.
  2. I had a friend build this PC for me at the time because it was before I started to know how to do it myself so he very well could have overclocked some aspects of my computer but I'm unaware of it. He lives in a different state from me and mailed my pc.

    I will give what you have a look. Although, if it's a RAM test/memory test of sorts, my instructor at school conducted one for me already and it came back fine. He said my RAM was good and I saw the results as well. He was just as baffled as I am about this.

    And no, my ram sticks are both the same. Two four gig sticks, same manufacturer.
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