Computer hardware problem. Sometimes no post/bluescreen

So I have an intermittent computer problem which is hard to repeat, so I was hoping that I'd explain what my computer is doing and hopefully it'll raise some red flags about what particular piece of hardware is having issues here.

I brought my computer to my parents house for Christmas break and as soon as I got home, the problem started. I plugged everything in, and the computer wouldn't post. I pressed the power button on the case, the fans spun up, but no display. I hard stopped it and tried again. Same story.

This happened a few times and I opened my case and moved my graphics card to a different slot to see if possibly the slot on my graphics card had gone bad and I just wasn't getting display from that. It booted this time. Curious, I moved it back to its old spot, it booted again. Thinking it had rattled out of place somehow on the way, I thought my problems were over. I put everything back together and booted into windows, no problem, even played a few games.

Two days passed and the computer still worked fine, then I woke up on Monday and started it and it wouldn't post again. Again I hard stopped it and pressed the button again, and it booted this time, no moving of graphics card required. It was a bit sluggish to boot but it did and I logged in, and about 5 minutes into loading on my desktop, I got a bluescreen: Code "PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA ***STOP: 0x0000050 (0xFFFFF8A235BC8EF8, 0x000000000000000001, 0xFFFFF80003E0E627, 0x000000000000000005)"
This told me if it was the first time I'd seen it to just restart my computer and see if I got it again, so I tried again.

This time it booted normally, quickly too. Getting suspicious I began looking on the internet for what the code meant and after about an hour of searching, I decided to run Furmark to see if it was a power problem, the r9 280X by sapphire is a very power thirsty card after all. I ran the Furmark for about 10 minutes and decided to add a new level to it and opened up Prime95's blend test and immediately I got a different bluescreen : Code "MEMORY_MANAGEMENT *** STOP: 0x0000001A *0x000000000050003,0xFFFFF70001080000, 0x000000000000B45B, 0x00000000215BE049) "

I rebooted and ran Prime95's blend test and though my computer didn't bluescreen, the test immediately failed, suggesting there was a hardware problem. I thought this was a clear indication that my memory had started to fail so I got a copy of memtest86 and ran it for 36 hours, which was about 6 passes and got 0 errors. After this amount of time I began to think that it may just be a loose connection so I stopped the test, shut down, unplugged the machine, and unplugged and replugged every connection into and out of the motherboard.

That was last night. This morning I booted my computer and decided to do a timelapse video of a few hundred RAW files I took the other day, I opened up photoshop (Which has execution files on a different harddrive than the boot drive, a PNY 128 GB SSD) and started to load each of the 230 photos as layers with bridge, in the task manager I watched the memory usage rise to 70% when I suddenly got a third bluescreen: Code "PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA *** STOP: 0x00000050 (0xFFFF9600006E174, 0x00000000000000008, 0xFFFFF9600006E174,0x00000000000000000)"

So here I am today, confused as heck, just trying to figure out where to start to try to troubleshoot this issue. Could anyone lend some advice? My specs are below if they help. Thank you so much for your time in advance.

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition
Corsair TX 750 - PSU
Sapphire r9 280X - GPU
AMD FX 6100 - CPU
16GB (4x4GB) Corsair Vengeance - RAM
ASUS M5A97 - Motherboard
WD Black 1TB - Boot Drive
Corsair Carbide 200r - Case

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Just curious

Since this started after you moved the machine are there any extra mounting studs under the mobo?

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Unfortunately not

Well I haven't had to reseat the motherboard since I put it together 4 years ago, and there were no extra studs underneath when I did that. Were you thinking that it could possibly be a shorting issue?

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Some folks will leave extra studs under the mobo.
If the machine sits in one place it may take years before this shows a problem.
Move the machine and now you have a problem.

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