PC crashes often with media and games

My home built pc crashes often with media playing. Video editing, Youtube, and iTunes crash it every now and then. It will even crash (restart) if the pc is left running at an idle with no programs open, just not as often. Games like Borderlands, Saints Row: The Third, Metro 2033, and Rage (all steam) crashed constantly. However, setting the affinity to only the first two cores helped dramatically with Borderlands. Yet some games like L4D2, Assassin's Creed 2, and AC: Brotherhood play with less disruption. Transferring large files (4+gb) from a USB to hard drive will crash it often too, the front USB moreso than the motherboard USB. The error screen is shown below after the crash. I built this pc over 2 years ago with all new components besides the multimedia/disc drives and it has always had this issue.

I ran memtest for 7 hours with no issues. Cool and quiet is disabled in Bios. Updated Nvidia drivers. My next guess is to borrow a GPU. Any help or educated guesses are appreciated.

System Information
Time of this report: 9/25/2012, 15:10:25
Machine name: PC
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.120504-1619)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer - custom built
System Model: System Product Name - Motherboard ASUS M4A78T-E
BIOS: BIOS Date: 07/14/09 11:56:20 Ver: 08.00.15
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor, MMX, 3DNow (4 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
Memory: 3328MB RAM
Page File: 440MB used, 4771MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode

Display Devices
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GTS 250
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0615&SUBSYS_0593196E&REV_A2
Display Memory: 1024.0 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0013.0602 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 8/22/2012 07:42:00, 4494208 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: No
WHQL Date Stamp: None
VDD: n/a
Mini VDD: nv4_mini.sys
Mini VDD Date: 8/22/2012 07:42:00, 12556000 bytes
Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-4555-11CF-8478-9E2503C2CB35}
Vendor ID: 0x10DE
Device ID: 0x0615
SubSys ID: 0x0593196E
Revision ID: 0x00A2
Revision ID: 0x00A2
Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_C ModeMPEG2_D
Deinterlace Caps: {6CB69578-7617-4637-91E5-1C02DB810285}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB
Registry: OK
DDraw Status: Enabled
D3D Status: Enabled
AGP Status: Enabled

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  1. asssuming you're not overclocking - sounds like a bum motherboard
  2. No overclocking. So the motherboard just has a random hiccup every now and then? Its odd to me that it won't lock up at all certain days, and others it will crash just from a Youtube video. Temps never raise above 50C, usually mid-low 40's.
  3. For those interested, I believe I fixed the issue. I have not had a crash in the last month besides a mod in Fallout 3 causing one. I did two things: switched the ram to the DIMM 2 slots and moved the graphics card to the 1st slot. I believe it was the graphics card being moved as I had tried moving the ram a long time ago with no success. According to my motherboard user guide, there is a difference between the placement of a single graphics card and two together. I wish I had read that back when it was assembled by a friend. Thanks for the single response I got which did help me use some trial and error.
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