i just realized what a bitch it is to overclock the q9450. I just prime95 it for 24hrs to see if it was fully stable, instead of the usual 10 hrs. Then one core has to crap out on me at 16hrs and something and the rest goes on for 20hrs plus.
seriously, i know what you mean, i OC-ed my friends Q6600 to 3.0ghz on the first try, and everything is stable till this day. I then worked on my Q9450, i had a few encounter w/BSODs. finally got it stable after like 3 days of work T_T i think its worth it though