anyway, i put this new rig together about 3 weeks ago and so far, it still works like a charm. also, i OC'ed the processor right after finishing the build (Intel P.D.C. E5400 Wolfdale) to 3.2Ghz (238 x 13.5) and so far, it's really stable as a rock. i also made sure to turn off SpeedStep and C1E and locked the PCI-E x16 slot to 100Mhz in the BIOS. here's a pic of the CPU stats using CPU-Z.
thanks for the info. well, i'm gonna just gonna stick to 3.2Ghz for now since i'm still using the stock heatsink, with some JetArt Nano Diamond Thermal compound. so far, i've seen it go up at around 59*C/55*C @ full load, and that's after gaming for 3 hours straight with chrome and winamp running in the background. i live in the Philippines and believe me, days here get really hot to the point of being nearly unbearable, and my room doesn't have AC too. lol
as for custom HS/F's, does the CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 sound good? it's pretty cheap at the retailer near my place and it looks like it would fit my midtower with no issues too.