Question BSOD / freeze / crash on Windows boot (both USB and main), swapped most hardware without obvious change - any thoughts?

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Hi all - any help here would be appreciated, I am at a loss and getting pretty dejected about this. I recently upgraded (Asus ROG Strix X570-E motherboard and Nvidia MSI RTX 3070) and now I can't seem to boot up. It doesn't appear to be the GPU, and while I'm eying the mobo with suspicion I'm not sure that' s it - this happened just a month ago when I had upgraded the CPU and motherboard (same parts but a CPU upgrade to 5800x and a X570-Pro motherboard) and then seemed to just go away for no discernable reason - was stable for a month but when I went to install the 3070, the motherboard tanked (not even trying to POST anymore). I do ground myself out and am comfortable with electronics, I had assumed it was just a build quality issue but now I am completely stumped.

Computer BSODs with various errors (Unexpected_kernel_mode_trap, IRQL_not_less_or_equal, KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED, system_thread_exception_not_handled, etc) pretty much the moment I start booting into Windows (crashes during or 1-2 seconds after boot process), regardless of where I'm booting from (USB or M.2 main drive). I can boot into memcheck (via UEFI compatible USB) without issue and run multiple full passes, though.

I was able to use EFI Shell to recover some minidump files (link here: Minidump).

Some things I've tried:
  • Everything in the stickied thread on BSODs, including:
  • Updated BIOS
  • Unplugging as much as possible to narrow down cause
  • Adding/removing RAM sticks and changing RAM slots
  • Disabling LAN/Wifi/Bluetooth/native NVMe drivers/etc in BIOS
  • Disabling Secure Boot (Asus board, so cleared all security keys)
  • Using different GPU
  • Using a different CPU
  • CMOS clear
Full system:
CPU | [AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 3.8 GHz 8-Core Processor](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/qtvqqs/amd-ryzen-7-5800x-38-ghz-8-core-processor-100-100000063wof)
CPU Cooler | [Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/4vzv6h/noctua-nh-d15-825-cfm-cpu-cooler-nh-d15)
Motherboard | [Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming ATX AM4 Motherboard](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/CLkgXL/asus-rog-strix-x570-e-gaming-atx-am4-motherboard-rog-strix-x570-e-gaming)
Memory | [Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 CL16 Memory](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/y9rcCJ/corsair-memory-cmk16gx4m2a2400c16)
Storage | [Sabrent Rocket 4.0 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/fVYQzy/sabrent-rocket-40-1-tb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-sb-rocket-nvme4-1tb)
Video Card | [MSI GeForce RTX 3070 LHR 8 GB GAMING Z TRIO Video Card](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/qQM48d/msi-geforce-rtx-3070-lhr-8-gb-gaming-z-trio-video-card-geforce-rtx-3070-gaming-z-trio-8g-lhr)
Power Supply | [SeaSonic FOCUS 750 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/kjZzK8/seasonic-focus-750-w-80-platinum-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-focus-px-750)
 

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