If you have integrated graphics try running everything on that without the gpu to get things stable. Also try doing everything in safe mode to start. Let's eliminate as many variables as possible. If your system runs in safe mode, uninstall the gpu drivers, make sure your bios is up to date, restart once to make sure everything is stable, then install the gpu drivers then. After that, shut down, install the gpu and start back up. Go into your bios and change from integrated to gpu graphics setting. Let us know how that works for you.
I've tried testing the integrated graphics on my CPU, but I unfortunately do not have that option since my CPU doesn't have integrated graphics. I posted my partlist to somebody else in the thread but my CPU is a FX-6300.
I wanted to try an external boot test, but I saw my graphics card fans spinning and all that and there doesn't seem to be any clear cosmetic issues, but I'm still not sure.
However, I will try installing the drivers in safe mode w/networking to see if that fixes it, and I have updated my BIOS recently to the newest code released January this year for my Biostar TA 970 Mobo.