decided to try a different PC and downloaded from GGG launcher and it ran fine...
downloaded GGG launcher on main PC and no issues now
works out, I guess!
Never had a PoE league start as bad as today. Can't even do certain quests because zones crash to desktop. Currently stuck in Act 5 cuz I can't progress into the Kitava fight as the zone wont load (and then CTD) Might be a quick exit for me this time around :(