Troubleshooting New System Instability

i5 2500k 3.3 GHz
ASUS P8Z68-V Pro
G.Skill Ripsaw 16Gb DDR3 1600 RAM
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB
OCZ Vertex 3 120Gb SSD
Thermaltake Black Window 850W
Windows 7 x64

FYI: GPU toggle switch is set for the unlocked shaders.

Just pieced this system together last week.

I'm having issues with applications crashing? Firefox crashes 4-5 times a day. Other applications like iTunes or games crash regularly.

I got a BSoD yesterday after a file download finished w/ Firefox.

Looking for suggestions on a course of troubleshooting action? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Start with hitting the ASUS web site and updating all your MB drivers. Then do the same from the Saphire web site for the GPU. Any overclocking?
  2. Nope, no overclocking.

    Should I update the BIOS as well or just all the drivers?
  3. Went and updated all the drivers for the motherboard and for the graphics card.

    Still getting BSoD randomly, although the Firefox and other application crashes seem to have gone away.

    Any other suggestions?
  4. Next, I would burn a memtest disk, boot to it, and make at least three passes testing the memory.
  5. Realized my memory wasn't on the approved list for my motherboard. Going to try a different set.
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